by Lynsay Sands
Series: Madison Sisters #2
Pub. Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Harper Audio
Narrator: Faye Adelle
Length: 9 hrs 18 min
Source: OneClickDigital / Library
Desperately seeking a husband...
Suzette is not like other heiresses; she wants a poor husband, a gentleman who will be so grateful for her dowry that he will allow her access to it so that she can pay off her father's gambling debts. When this alluring beauty encounters Daniel Woodrow—handsome, titled, single . . . and even more impoverished than she could have hoped for—it seems Suzette's wildest dreams have come true.
But Daniel has not been truthful. Tired of being accosted by an endless stream of vapid coquettes and their fortune-hunting mothers, Daniel has decided to plead poverty to stop them in their tracks. Yet here is a most refreshing and delectable lady, who claims to be thrilled by his penury. Now all Daniel has to do to find true happiness is to keep a little white lie alive . . . while avoiding a villain who's determined to prevent this union by any means necessary.
This book is a bit of a rehash of The Countess, as the bulk of both books is taking place at the same time. However, that did not detract from the story that much for me. The rehashed parts seemed to be more of the humorous ones, and I laughed out loud all over again. I do recommend that you read The Countess first so you have the requisite background information for this part of the story.
If you have the ability, I would encourage everyone to listen to this series in audio. The narrator, Faye Adelle, is fantastic. She brings the British characters to life, and her enthusiasm and annunciation really keeps your interest in the story. I really wish this narrator had more books out, but I have not found many in my search. I found her to be quite talented.
We met Suzette in the first book, she is the middle Madison daughter, who has resolved to marry to prevent the family from falling into financial scandal. I loved how blunt and guileless Suzette - she definitely kept Daniel on his toes. Her curiosity was helped along after reading Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. Her curiosity has piqued my own curiosity actually, enough that I may try to find a copy of the Fanny Hill book myself. I like how close-knit these sisters are. They have grown up without a mother, and I really liked the relationship they have with their father. He loves his daughters a great deal, but he is perhaps not the smartest tool in the shed. That may not be fair... he is just the gullible sort that continues to get taken advantage of.
Daniel, Lord Woodrow, is the best friend to Richard Fairbanks (married to Christiana in The Countess). Thinking that Suzette is looking to land a rich husband, he tells her he is poor as a church mouse. This leads to a shocking proposal from Suzette, who actually wants a poor husband. Daniel didn't quite know what to do with Suzette but he definitely had a hard time keeping his hands off of her. This couple steamed up my kindle several times.
Once the book takes off in a direction of its own (apart from The Countess), we see that the Dickie drama is not quite over. Someone is trying to keep Suzette and Daniel apart, no matter the cost. This leads to a nice little historical suspense plot with murder plots, kidnapping, and rescues just in the nick of time. I am looking forward to seeing how the youngest Madison sister fares in The Husband Hunt.
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