Suzanne Allain: Mr. Malcolm’s List

The Honorable Mr. Malcolm has a secret. This elusive matrimonial prize, long the target of desperate debutantes and their matchmaking mothers, is well known for his fastidiousness. What is not well known is that he … Continue

Jennie Gallant (Joan Smith): Lady Hathaway’s House Party

Lady Hathaway must have been mad to invite both of them. The greatest fool in the world knew that one did not ask the Duke and Duchess of Avondale to the same party. The Duchess … Continue

Joan Aiken: The Five Minute Marriage

“Marry Me!” That is what her cousin Gareth asked Delphie Carteret to do. It was just a make-believe ceremony, and, in exchange, Delphie’s ailing mother would receive an annuity for life. Delphic was in no … Continue

Clare Darcy: Georgina

A dead bore! Miss Georgina Powers concluded after shutting the door in the face of her latest suitor, announcing to one and all that spinsterhood was preferable to a life with a dimwit twice her … Continue