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The Bride Hunt [Kindle Edition]

Jane Feather
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In Jane Feather’s dazzling, irresistible romance, London’s most charming matchmakers are faced with a ruinous lawsuit—and now Prudence, the brainy, beautiful middle sister, must save them.
 
Soon after the Duncan sisters’ personals service turns a profit, their controversial newspaper The Mayfair Lady offends a powerful earl—who is now determined to demolish them in court. In dire need of counsel, the women turn to England’s most sought after young barrister. Sir Gideon Malvern is notorious for his aggressive style—and his love of a challenge. Spirited Prudence, with her beauty unsuccessfully hidden behind spectacles and frumpy clothes, provides him with exactly that. But how in the world will the Duncan sisters be able to afford Gideon’s fee? Prudence proposes a barter: Gideon defends their case; they find him a bride. It’s an exchange of services even this most cynical single barrister cannot refuse.


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From Publishers Weekly

The second entry in Feather's Matchmaker trilogy (following The Bachelor List) is a charming romp through 19th-century London featuring the Duncan sisters, who are trying to hold their family together financially by running a matchmaking service and producing the suffragist scandal sheet The Mayfair Lady. When the paper is sued for libel, Prudence Duncan enlists the help of fierce barrister Sir Gideon Malvern. Gideon is convinced their case is hopeless, but he can't deny the attraction he feels for stubborn, strong-willed Prue. Because she can't afford his fees, Gideon agrees to argue the case if she finds him a suitable bride, but before long, Gideon finds himself as involved with Prue as he is with the Mayfair Lady case. Readers may be surprised by the setting, which is unusual for historical romances; here the automobile and the telephone have already been invented. One amusing scene centers on a drive to the country, which takes three hours in Gideon's car (moving at its top speed of 20 miles an hour). Though this is Prue's story, both Constance and Chastity ably carry their portions of the novel, which will ensure that readers snap up the other two books in the series (each focusing on a sister and conveniently appearing in consecutive months).
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From Booklist

The second installment in Feather's trilogy about the Duncan sisters focuses on Prudence, the most practical of the three. The paper that the sisters publish to maintain their aristocratic lifestyle in early twentieth-century London is being sued for libel by the very man who caused their economic downturn, and Prudence has approached the best lawyer their nonexistent funds can buy. Tenacious barrister Sir Gideon Malvern almost refuses the case until he decides that Prudence herself is a challenge worth taking. She sees Gideon as a disagreeable means to win the suit and offers to find him a bride in exchange for his services. Amused, he agrees. While Prudence tries to figure out what kind of woman will interest the divorced father of a 10-year-old daughter, Gideon tries to discern what kind of woman Prudence really is behind her prim facade. Interesting characters keep the sensual story lively, proving once again why Feather is so very popular. Readers will eagerly anticipate the adventures of the third Duncan sister. Patty Engelmann
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Product Details

  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 055358619X
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (March 2, 2004)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0ZMQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine who-done-it March 2, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While their oldest sister Lady Constance is on her honeymoon, Siblings Prudence and Chastity Duncan continue to publish The Mayfair Lady. They do so to honor their deceased mother, founder of the paper, and to bring in money to cover their father's wastrel ways.
However, Falstaff, Harley and Greenwold law firm sues the anonymous owners of the Mayfair for defamation of character having slandered their client Earl of Barclay. Needing a barrister to defend them, Pru as the paper's business person, dresses to hide her beauty, visits attorney Gideon Malvern. He informs her she deserves the libel suit. Angry at his dismissal, Pru lashes out at Malvern, who sees the beauty and brains hidden behind the spinster garb. As the lawyer and the client fall in love, he tries to get the case tossed out without the court seeing any of the Duncan sisters, who cannot afford the scandal of being the authors of the Mayfair.
Like the first novel (see Con's tale, THE BACHELOR'S LIST) the second Mayfair sibling romance is a fun tale starring delightful assertive females walking a thin line. Malvern is a wonderful protagonist and the trio of females ganging up on aristocratic England is pleasure to follow. As their father becomes aware of the fiscal mess he caused, readers will gain immense pleasure from this charmer (in spite of the back stabbing abhorrent Barclay) and look forward to Chastity closing out the so far terrific trilogy.
Harriet Klausner
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd in the series is even more delightful April 9, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I truly enjoyed the first in this series - "The Bachelor Hunt", the story of the Duncan sisters and their practical approach to love, romance and marriage. But this one was even better.
The sisters are trying to hold their family out of poverty by running a matchmaking service in 19th London, while producing a strongly suffragist scandal sheet called "The Mayfair Lady". Sister Prudence must retain Sir Gideon Malvern when the paper is sued for libel. Of course Gideon and Prudence immediately set sparks off each other, but he feels his romantic suit will come to cropper because the civil suit is hopeless. Prudence cannot pay his solicitor's fees, so she talked Gideon in to accept the matchmaking services instead. Of course, romance will ensue!
It's amusing, witty and utterly delightful. Refreshing period for hitorical romance going against the long (and ridiculous) thought that this more "modern" historical turns off readers.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will the Real Jane Feather Stand Up? April 16, 2004
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Has Ms. Feather become lazy? Is she trying to test her loyal fans to see if we will buy her books even if she makes no effort to write a good book? I have read every one of Ms. Feather's books and this trilogy is terrible. Where is the author who wrote Beloved Enemy one of the best romances I have ever read? I read The Bachelor List and started the Bride Hunt but couldn't get past the first few pages. The Duncan sisters are too unlikeable and the heros are 1 dimensional. How could Constance and Max from Bachelor List even like each other let alone fall in love. I can't overlook the dishonesty of the sisters who in today's world would be in jail for misrepresenting themselves as a charity! In the future I will be more wary of Ms. Feather's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've read a good number of Jane Feather's books and this is not my favorite, though it is worth reading; if I had to do it over, I would have gotten it from the library and not bought it, since I don't think it will be on my reread shelf. It is the second in the Duncan Sisters Trilogy, but was actually the last one that I read; I don't remember what I thought about the first book, The Bachelor List, (I have ready a lot historical romances) but I greatly enjoyed the third, The Wedding Game.

Setting: England, 1906
Sensuality rating: 5 (a couple kissing scenes, one love scene, all were well-paced within the story and authentic)

PROS:
(1) The chemistry between the hero (Sir Gideon Malvern) and the heroine (Honorable Prudence Duncan) was good; their personalities clashed immediately, but it is fun to watch their relationship develop and I think they were a good pairing
(2) Constance, Prudence, and Chastity (the three Duncan sisters) are endearing and their affection for each other is always evident; they care for one another and for their father, and they really come across as three sisters whom you would enjoy being friends with
(3) Of course, the hero is important and I have to say I liked Gideon, despite his somewhat-authoritarian know-it-all attitude; he has a good heart, his relationship with his daughter is endearing, and seeing him vulnerable at times is irresistible!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An unromantic courtroom drama March 15, 2004
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Jane Feather's second book of the Matchmaker's trilogy revolves around middle sister Prudence. The Mayfair Lady, the magazine published by the sisters, faces a lawsuit brought on by their father's friend the Earl of Barclay. Constance, Prudence and Chastity loose no time finding a barrister to defend them in court, they set their sights on Sir Gideon Malvern, who is supposed to be one of the best lawyers in London. Gideon finds himself intrigued by middle sister Pru, and when she offers to find him a bride as part of his fees, he decides to take the case.
While the book was well written, Feather never managed to give Gideon any depth as a character. Little was said about his past, and while reading about his clashes with Prudence was fun, there was little romance involved. Feather manages to wonderfuly recreate the period, yet the novel reads more like a Grisham book than an historical romance. If you are looking for a warm romantic story, "The Bride Hunt" is not for you. I can't say I did not like the book, but it surely wasn't what I expect from a romance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
enjoyed the whole series, easy read and her words transport back to merry old England.
Published 1 month ago by Jane Ann Billings-hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, intriguing and wonderfully uplifting book
Prudence and Chastity Duncan continue to publish The Mayfair Lady, while Lady Constance is on honeymoon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Valerie R. Macaluso
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyed the sisters characters, a new viewpoint on some important issues from that time
Published 6 months ago by M. BROWN
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jane Feather's Best Books
One of Jane Feather's best book and series. I love the characters and the plot-very clever.
Published 7 months ago by CJ
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bride Hunt
Ms. Jane Feather has once again scored a home run with this book. I really enjoyed it, and immediately read the Wedding game.
Published on April 5, 2013 by Marilyn Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTIVATING
I have read all three in this triology (I love sequels)... This one was my favorite in the set but only because the secondary story was so very captivating! Read more
Published on November 5, 2012 by dulcinea0704
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Triology
The 2nd installment of the Duncan sisters was enjoyable and Prudence seems to be the "Middle" child in the first book but showed herself to be very likeable in this book. Read more
Published on May 19, 2010 by Gemms
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Stephanie Laurens...
One of the most boring book I've read this year. The story revolves around 3 sisters, who all seemed just uninteresting. Read more
Published on December 13, 2009 by Reader10
3.0 out of 5 stars love is eternal
Good romance novel, but read all of the other books and kind of got tired of it. Space it out and you have a good series of novels.
Published on March 4, 2009 by L. Orange
5.0 out of 5 stars Bride Hunt
This was part of a series. As I have read all three books and was pleased and had alot of laughs in the reading. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Maggie
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