“In another of her lighthearted Regency romps…the intrepid Miss Pym encounters the hoydenish Lady Deborah Western… Miss Pym scents the potential for a match, the second she is maneuvering on the trip, the first involving her coach companions Abigail Conningham, traveling with her mother to a loveless marriage arranged by an uncle…Lady Deborah’s transition to womanhood and the reappearance of an old enemy of Miss Pym’s liven up the proceedings before all ends well. As always, Chesney’s story is frothily entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly
A former employer’s bequest of £5,000 has allowed spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and enjoy traveling the English countryside by coach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of runaway brides, spirited heiresses, and international refugees, who continue to test her expert matchmaking skills.
Destined for Dover, Miss Pym scents the potential for a match between fellow travelers in the coach when she meets Abigail Conningham, traveling with her mother to a loveless marriage arranged by an uncle, and Captain Beltravers, an army officer still mourning his dead wife and child
That’s just the beginning. Next, Miss Pym has her matchmaking work cut out for her when she encounters the pretty but hoydenish Lady Deborah Western. Encouraged by an unruly twin brother, the spirited, golden-haired Deborah seems set on dressing and acting the tomboy, much to the dismay of her handsome neighbor, the Earl of Ashton.
To Deb, the earl is a dull stick, always lecturing on the behavior of a proper lady. But her desire to fish, hunt, and ride is quickly replaced with more romantic notions when the tall, green-eyed earl challenges her to a horse race and wins himself an unforgettable kiss. Miss Pym is certain the stunned girl is quite ready for more feminine pursuits. And with the help of Pym’s clever maneuverings, Lady Deborah will soon be well and truly matched.
“Voyaging by coach from London to Dover may seem a tame event, but with Pym along, the only predictable matter is that romance will surely blossom. When the coach is boarded by a tearful girl and her mother, a gruff military man, and a clergyman with a mousy wife, even Pym considers them ‘a dull lot.’ However, a boxing match, an old vendetta, a spiteful sister, and a pair of mischievous twins add sparkle to the story.” —Booklist
M. C. Beaton (1936–2019) won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Agatha Raisin novels and Hamish Macbeth mysteries. Her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth titles have sold more than 21 million copies worldwide and have both been adapted into BBC television series. She has been hailed as the “Queen of Crime” by the Toronto Globe and Mail, and her books have been translated into seventeen languages.
Helen Lisanti graduated from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and performed on stage in numerous repertory and West End plays before moving to the United States, where she has worked as a voice actor for more than fifteen years. Helen’s eclectic résumé includes corporate productions, e-learning projects, television, radio, and Internet commercials. She has narrated several children’s stories, timeless classics, and was a 2007 Hollywood Book Festival audiobook category winner.