A Wedding in Springtime
by Amanda Forester
Series: Marriage Mart #1
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
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Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation at
court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant made her laugh, ruining her debut. To
hush up the scandal, Eugenia's aunt hires a matchmaker to quickly find a suitor—
anyone except the infamous William Grant—to help restore Eugenia's reputation.
But amiable Eugenia shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart, and is
again caught in the company of notorious Grant. When a traitor creeps closer,
threatening to ruin more than just Eugenia's reputation, her kindheartedness
may be her ultimate undoing..
Take a debutante being presented to the Queen, a notorious
rake, a reluctant second son who inherits the dukedom and the marriage arrangement
that came with it. Then you add in a meddlesome dowager, a misled brother
and traitors to the crown and what do you get? Why tons of mischief and a tale
that is sure to delight. A Wedding in Springtime is the first
book in the Marriage Mart series by Amanda Forester and her wonderful
characters and action packed plot kept me thoroughly entertained.
The tale begins when Miss Eugenia “Genie” Talbot is being
presented in court. An untimely noise and a wink from the notorious rouge Mr.
William Grant cause Genie to lose her composure and burst out laughing. She is
ruined, simply ruined. In order to hush the impending scandal her Aunt hires a
mysterious matchmaker to quickly marry the girl off. As Genie’s tale unfolds we
meet several secondary characters with stories to capture our hearts, make us
giggle and add to the suspense.
Forester delivered such bright, outspoken female characters
that the men of the Ton should just secede now, for these woman are formidable.
Genie is delightful, she really tries to please her aunt, but she is an original and it's hard to hide.
She tends to say what she thinks and she is quite witty in an innocent sort of
way. I adored her humorous side as she dealt with the whims of the ton. Her Aunt Lady Bremerton is one of those women who
lives and dies by her social standing and at times I wanted to shoot her. Her
daughter is Lady Louisa and she is the Duke of Marchford’s intended. The
marriage contracts were drawn up for the first Duke and are iron-clad. Lady
Bremerton is determined to seeing them honored. Lady Louisa is quite quiet but
her story is a good one. My mother always said, “Watch out for the quiet ones”
and so you should. Penelope is the new
companion to the dowager of Marchford and I simply adored her. She dresses down
the Duke when he deserves it, is sharp, observant and aids without calling
attention to herself. I am hoping we get her story, I know just the man for
her. *fingers-crossed* Ooo let’s not forget her grace, the dowager duchess of
Marchford. She is in battle with her grandson. He wishes for her to leave the
manor and retire to the countryside and of course she simply refuses. This causes
some delightful banter, and mischief. A
young street urchin named Jem stole my heart and is sure to steal yours too. It
seems like all I’ve talked about is women, but let me assure you the book is
filled with some swoon-worthy, hopelessly flawed rogue’s who you will absolutely
adore, feel sorry for, occasional want to smack on the head and ultimately
A Wedding in
Springtime had many different threads all working together to create a fun,
witty, sweet, romantic tale filled with a little intrigue. The pacing is well done and I never felt the
need to skim or set down the book. In all honestly I read this in two sittings
stopping long enough to feed my family dinner. The heat level is very low in
this tale, the banter, tension and overall romance made it successful without
it. I giggled at the conversations between Grant and the Duke; Grant and Genie;
Penelope and the dowager. The characters were fleshed out and their interactions
felt genuine. Grant and Genie had
chemistry from the beginning and it was such fun watching their dance.
Throughout the tale there is a threat against the crown as traitors try to
steal codes and intercept messages. This aspect of the tale and how Forester
weaved our young heroine into it was well done and kept me highly entertained.
A Wedding in
Springtime is the perfect feel good read for fans of clean historical romances.
I am looking forward to the second book; A
Midsummer Bride set to release in November of 2013.
Four cups of Crown coffee out of five
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