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 has a list of qualifications for his future bride. Can any woman hope to win the heart of such a hardened critic? Selina Dalton can only try her best. And … Expand

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 of Avondale – Belle to her friends – was absolutely finished with her marriage to the Duke. Not only did he tease her about her country ways but she had … Expand

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 position to refuse. She was already losing the struggle to support herself and her mother. But Delphie soon discovered that she was bound by law to the marriage and bound … Expand

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 age. She longed for a love match, not the humdrum offers that came her way. But as the granddaughter of Lady Mercer, Georgina was expected to make a shrewd alliance … Expand