by Candace Camp

September 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-77308-4
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Lady Francesca Haughston has been able to assist several young ladies with their entrée into society. Her reputation as a matchmaker is whispered in select circles, and has allowed her to maintain her standing in the ton. Since her late husband left her destitute, it is not an easy thing to masquerade as a widow of means, but she has learned the art of making something out of nothing.

Her newest client needs no real help at all. Lady Calandra is the sister of a duke, and a vivacious young woman. She has both money and brains, with beauty to complete the package. Why does she need Francesca’s help?

Her overprotective brother, the Duke of Rochford, has expressly forbidden Calandra to socialize with the Earl of Bromwell, but won’t explain why. His high-handed behavior makes her want to be disobedient. She can spot a fortune-hunter at thirty paces, so there must be something more to the story. She is attracted to the young nobleman, but with all these restrictions, she cannot get acquainted with him in order to see what he is really like. Perhaps they won’t suit at all. Her brother is not even giving her credit for being a good judge of character.

The third book in Candace Camp’s Matchmaker series, The Wedding Challenge is full of humor and wit. Callie is no shrinking violet, willing to take Rochford’s edict at face value. Francesca will have her hands full, trying to make sure Callie doesn’t do anything rash, while keeping Rochford in the dark.

As the story unfolds, there are some revelations that will change the course of the series and readers will be rewarded for their patience as the final book in the quartet The Courtship Dance is released in the Spring 2009.

Reviewed in August 2008 by Paula.

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