Lady Francesca Haughston has made the ultimate match – for her brother. Now that the summer nears, she is wondering how she will manage her meager finances until the next Season. It is one thing to discreetly offer to assist awkward young debutantes and accept gifts for her help. It is quite another to announce that she is in the matchmaking business. It smacks of trade and is not an acceptable profession for a woman, let alone a widow of her standing. If only her late husband had cared as much about finances as he did about his mistresses, she would not be in this predicament.
Opportunity arrives with the formidable Lady Odelia Pencully. Known for striking terror in the hearts of the ton, she has a proposition for Francesca. Her great-nephew needs a bride, and a great deal of polish. Lady Haughston is the perfect choice to provide both. Gideon, Earl of Radbourne, was kidnapped as a child and spent his life among thieves and other unsavory characters. Restored to his family, he knows his duty, yet hopes to find someone he can tolerate for longer than ten minutes. Willing to leave his prospects in Lady Haughston’s capable hands, he has only one request – that she include Lady Irene Wyngate among the candidates.
Irene Wyngate has no idea that she is the topic of conversation. She is more concerned with how she is going to survive living with her sister-in-law. Maura is most unpleasant, but the alternative is to seek marriage, and that is one thing that Irene has no interest in. Marriage is only favorable to a man, who can treat his wife and children like property. Seeing her own mother at the hands of her brutish father was enough to convince Irene that marriage is not something she wants.
Lady Haughston has her hands full in the latest Matchmaker novel, The Bridal Quest. Author Candace Camp has crafted a witty stylish book with unforgettable characters.