by Jeanne Savery

July 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7566-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Miss Georgianna Beverly is your typical bluestocking. Twenty years old and content to live with her grandfather away from the ton she writes her gothic novels and is far from behaving like a proper lady. Innocent when it comes to the feelings of love and the dealings with an accomplished flirt, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to the world, social and political rules, names and games.

Lord Everhart ever the desired husband-to-be and the preferred son-in-law is intrigued by his new neighbor and friend. Challenging to talk to, she is also perfect in keeping at bay the local marriage minded women eager to claim him before hes to set out for another season in town. Were it not for her young age, hed go as far as interpreting his feelings for her for lust and even love. Reveling in his attentions, Georgi lets him believe her to be no older than seventeen, as it allows her to accompany him without a chaperone and to accept his proposal of a pretend courtship.

Her scheming grandfather is at first unwilling to accept Lord Everhart as potential suitor for his favorite grandchild, but then seeing the signs of true passion and love, he knows how to pull the strings as the family matchmaker. And all his grandchildren fall into place and listen to his sound advice. Or so he believes.

The Family Matchmaker is a charming story told in a light and funny voice with subtle humor. Lovable characters, a well-drawn secondary cast, an interesting sightseeing trip to Oxford provide for great entertainment to while away a lazy afternoon. Spot on dialogues and a pace to keep you riveted to the pages allow for not one moment of boredom. Maybe the ending is a little rushed and the secondary romances would have been better with their own book, but overall Im glad to have picked another of Jeanne Saverys Regency stories.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Kris Alice.

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