With her father about to remarry, Anne Davenport knows she will need to find a new home for herself. Fortunately, Anne believes she has found the perfect solution to her housing dilemma: Spinster House, which is a snug cottage that is owned by the Duke of Hart. Since the current resident of Spinster House has just left to get married, Anne would love to fill the vacancy, but there is plenty of competition among the single ladies of Loves Bridge to become the cottage’s next tenant. Even Anne’s best friend Cat would like to lay claim to the prized spot, but when Anne spots Cat enjoying a bit of flirtatious kissing with Marcus, the current Duke of Hart, she thinks she may have found the means to eliminate at least one of her competitors. All Anne has to do is encourage romance to blossom between Cat and Marcus. However, the Duke’s cousin Nathaniel, the Marquess of Haywood, is equally determined to keep his best friend free from any romantic entanglements in order to keep him safe from the family curse. So if that means Nathaniel must spend a considerable amount of time with Anne in order to thwart her plans to play cupid, he is more than happy to do so!
How to Manage a Marquess, the second installment in Sally MacKenzie’s delightful “Spinster House” series, is the Regency reader’s equivalent of those wonderful screwball movie comedies of the 1930s. MacKenzie is a master a deftly mingling mirthful writing, marvelously amusing characters, and madcap plotting into one delightfully entertaining literary confection. Anyone who enjoys historical romances that skew to the lighter side and provide a generous helping of laughter-filled moments will definitely want to add this to their reading list.