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Publisher's Summary

The woman who never made a match of her own is making matches for everyone else in this hilarious Regency-era comedy of manners.

Sophronia Lattimore had her romantic dreams destroyed years ago and is resigned to her role as chaperone for her cousin. Still, she cannot sit idly by when she becomes aware that a gentleman is about to propose to the wrong woman. She sends him an anonymous letter that is soon the talk of the town, particularly when her advice proves to be correct. Her identity is discovered and Sophie, formerly a wallflower, becomes sought after for her “expert” matchmaking skills. 

One person who seeks her out is the eligible and attractive Sir Edmund Winslow. As Sophie assists Sir Edmund in his pursuit of a wife, she wishes she could recommend herself as his bride. However, she vows to remain uninvolved while aiding him in his search (especially since the gentleman surely does not return her affections). 

But when her long-lost love and Sir Edmund both seem to be interested in courting her, Sophie can’t figure out if she’s headed for another broken heart­­ or for the altar. How can she be expected to help other people sort out their romantic lives when her own is such a disaster?

©2021 Suzanne Allain (P)2021 Penguin Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Get ready to read well past bedtime with Allain’s classic Regency romance and its shrewd, funny heroine, who turns her talent for matchmaking into a match of her own.” (Library Journal, starred review)

“Realistically varied motivations and small social deceptions build a sense of intrigue, and tender interactions generate a deeper sense of connectedness and hope...every reader will finish the book with a satisfied smile.” (Booklist)

“This is an insightful novel of manners.... Jane Austen’s influence is readily apparent in language usage, character conduct, and, most importantly, the subtle wit and irony that provide so much entertainment.” (Historical Novel Society) 

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It was ok

It was a cute, short read. I would've liked to hear more from Sir Edmund's POV to give him more character. There wasn't much romantic development between him and Sophie. She was constantly comparing his looks to other men, so it felt shallow. They really didn't get to know each other well enough.

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Love it!!!

A heartwarming story with humor and wit. All the main characters grew and matured in refreshing ways. I loved the narration and couldn’t stop listening!

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Pleasant way to spend my time

I really enjoyed this book! Witty banter, humorous at times, clean, light, and overall a joy to listen too! Highly recommend and will be looking for more from both the author and the narrator!

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The mishaps one letter can lead to.

I found this book to be dry, flat. It wasn’t bad…. It just was a tad editorial. That said, I didn’t actually dislike it. I spent a bit of time trying to decide if it was me, the narration or the actual writing and discovered it was an odd combination.
The story was good, I did not dislike any one. It was clean, almost squeaky! And the narrator had a pleasant enough voice.

Creditworthy? Listen to the snippet! And good luck.

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Charming throughout.

A well-meaning letter leads to all manner of complications in this historical romance much in the period style of Jane Austen and just as delightful and intelligent a piece it is. A spinster and poor relation becomes a chaperone for her 18-year-old female cousin which starts this tangled web of slight misunderstandings. Along the way the spinster finds two men vying for her hand in marriage, the cousin cannot make up her mind about two possible suitors and the heroic spinster tries her best to lose her reputation as a matchmaker if society would only let her. Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden deftly manages all the characters much to my listening pleasure.

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Story was flat

I listened to this right after listening to Mr Malcolm’s List (which I absolutely loved). Maybe that’s where I went wrong but I found this book very boring and the storyline was hard to follow. The narrator was very monotone which didn’t help with the boring subject matter.

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Cute story

It was very hard to distinguish the characters. The narrators voice didn’t change much between characters which made it hard to get into. But a cute story, worth listening to.

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Cute - but so many names!

I liked the story but found myself rewinding constantly to figure out who was in a conversation or being discussed. So confused at some points. Overall a very cute story and happy I got it on sale since it was on the shorter side.

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Delightful matchmaking

Love the letter to stop a bad match and the trouble that ensues for the sender.

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All the convolutions and silliness

When I think about it this book reminds me of Austin’s Emma. The central lady feels she can get positive results without considering the repercussions of her actions. She does not seem so vane but rather innocent. The matches are fun to track…so many characters seemingly representing various elements of society.