The Wedding Game
Bantam, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Rashmi Srinivas
hen Dr. Douglas Farrell contacts the matchmaking services of '
The Mayfair Lady
' (a newspaper anonymously issued by the Duncan sisters), he bluntly states that his only requirements for a wife are that she be wealthy and of sufficient social status to steer wealthy patients to his budding Harley street practice. Chastity, in the guise of the matchmaker, is outraged as well as disappointed. Determined to teach the doctor a lesson, she introduces him to a young lady who's suitable but also an opinionated bore.
uilding on the historical base established in the previous two books in this series, the author concentrates this time on the state of health care available to people in different social echelons in turn-of-the-century London. The physician lead, Douglas, turns out to be more intrigued by Chastity's cheerful and sensual self than by the suitable young lady she proposes. Unaware of Chastity's role in the matchmaking business, he's also bewildered and infuriated by her low (and sharp-tongued) opinion of him. Despite this, their mutual passion simply cannot be denied. But will their newfound ardor be able to withstand the truth? Will any of the Duncan sisters' matchmaking schemes bear fruit?
ane Feather brings her charming historical trilogy to a satisfying conclusion in this final episode featuring youngest sister Chastity. The characterizations show hidden depths, while the plot entertains, without being too complex. The combination of mutual antagonism and attraction between the lead characters leads to funny, exhilarating exchanges. In short and as always, Jane Feather provokes and entertains her readers with a beguiling mix of history, romance, and humor.
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