James Lockton, the Duke of Marchford knows he has to marry and requires a suitable bride, but most of his time is taken up catching spies for the Foreign Office. He has figured out that his Grandmother and her companion, Penelope Rose, are the infamous matchmaker Madam X and has given her an ultimatum: find him a wife or marry him herself.
I noticed Marchford in "A Midsummer Bride" when he was an awesome supporting character and had hoped he would get his own novel. Penelope started falling in love with him and Marchford was just starting to notice her for her intellect and recognize she was able to assist him with exposing French Spies. This novel opens with intrigue. Marchford is chancing the man in England behind the French spies and needs Penelope's help.
It is unfair to call the other characters beyond the Hero and Heroine "secondary". They are not afterthoughts, but well drawn and like able characters. The Dowager is the perfect grandmother, loving and just a touch eccentric. She adds spice by being in love with the Earl of Langley and planning her own wedding!
Again, Amanda Forester gave readers a well written novel. This is the third in a series and it was so well written that a reader could pick it up first and not feel like they needed to read the previous two before they could read it.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.