[Read by Helen Lisanti]
The intrepid Miss Hannah Pym discovers two opportunities to play matchmaker while on a coach trip to Dover.
A former employer's bequest of £5,000 has allowed spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and enjoy traveling the English countryside by coach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of runaway brides, spirited heiresses, and international refugees, who continue to test her expert matchmaking skills.
Destined for Dover, Miss Pym scents the potential for a match between fellow travelers in the coach when she meets Abigail Conningham, traveling with her mother to a loveless marriage arranged by an uncle, and Captain Beltravers, an army officer still mourning his dead wife and child.
That's just the beginning. Next, Miss Pym has her matchmaking work cut out for her when she encounters the pretty but hoydenish Lady Deborah Western. Encouraged by an unruly twin brother, the spirited, golden-haired Deborah seems set on dressing and acting the tomboy, much to the dismay of her handsome neighbor, the Earl of Ashton.
To Deb, the earl is a dull stick, always lecturing on the behavior of a proper lady. But her desire to fish, hunt, and ride is quickly replaced with more romantic notions when the tall, green-eyed earl challenges her to a horse race and wins himself an unforgettable kiss. Miss Pym is certain the stunned girl is quite ready for more feminine pursuits. And with the help of Pym's clever maneuverings, Lady Deborah will soon be well and truly matched.
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M. C. Beaton has won international acclaim for her bestselling Hamish Macbeth mysteries and Agatha Raisin mysteries. She has also written more than one hundred romance titles and romantic suspense novels.
In another of her lighthearted Regency romps, Chesney follows Hannah Pym on her fifth adventure in the Travelling Matchmaker series that started with Emily Goes to Brighton . During a coach trip to Dover, the intrepid Miss Pym encounters the hoydenish Lady Deborah Western, who, dressed as a boy, is being escorted to a prizefight by her scapegrace twin brother, Lord William. While trying to keep her footman, Benjamin Stubbs, from taking part in a boxing match to recover his gaming losses, Miss Pym gives Lady Deborah some social protection after she is revealed as a female. When the earl of Ashton, an old friend of the Westerns' father, tries to exert some control over the twins, Miss Pym scents the potential for a match, the second she is maneuvering on the trip, the first involving her coach companions Abigail Conningham, traveling with her mother to a loveless marriage arranged by an uncle, and Capt. Beltravers, an Army officer still mourning his dead wife and child. Lady Deborah's transition to womanhood and the reappearance of an old enemy of Miss Pym's liven up the proceedings before all ends well. As always, Chesney's story is frothily entertaining.
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