How to Manage a Marquess
Two possible futures loom before Miss Anne Davenport. The first option: sharing an unhappy home with her father and soon-to-be stepmother. The second: a life of independence at the Spinster House--if only her friend, Cat, would vacate the premises and marry the ...more
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This is book two in the Spinster House series by Sally MacKenzie. I have read the previous book but I feel you would be okay with making this a standalone book...but I will say Ms. Mackenzie writing is so good that I would hate for you to miss out on any of her books.
There is a Spinster House that was set up by the previous owner to only have the house used for one Spinster until she married or died... then t ...more
A very fluffy sexy Regency romp features three beginnings, establishing a curse over the Dukes of Hart, before we’re introduced to the Marquess of Haywood, who has dedicated his life to keeping his friend the Duke of Hart from marrying, and therefore dying, according to the curse.
Which may not be a curse after all.
Meanwhile, Miss Anne Davenport is competing with her besties to live in the Spinster House so she can escape her family, while trying to keep her fa ...more
The saga with the Spinster House continues with Anne Davenport, another young lady who wants a chance to move in and leave the worries of her home behind her. Namely that her father is planning to marry a woman younger than she is. However, it doesn’t quite pan out as expected, when one of her closest friends gets the house, the subsequently falls in love with the Duke of Hart. All she needs is a little push from her friend to commit and marry…and then move out of the Spinster House ...more
The Spinster House series offers a situation-romantic-comedy in Regency clothing, and with the specter of tragedy floating around the castle.
I found the language a little modern; especially the use of the word, “Hey” as a way of calling to someone or as an exclamation. But, according to the first online site that came up when I googled it; it has its origins in Middle English. It’s all in the spirit of silly romantic fun. It reminds ...more
The 2nd spinster of Loves Brigde, Anne Davenport had some "situation" with Nate, Marquess of Haywood and Marcus, Duke of Hart's cousin on Spinster House's bushes (Oh yes! Bushes have an important role in this series 😂)
Since he was young, Nate was told by her mother to guard Marcus to avoid the curse that haunted the Dukes of Hart. And until now Nate is very determined to keep Marcus away from the curse. But Marcus fell in love wit ...more
For many years, it has b ...more
The saga with the Spinster House continues with Anne Davenport, another young lady who wants a chance to move in and leave the worries of her home behind her. Namely that her father is planning to marry a woman younger than she is. However, it doesn't quite pan out as expected, when one of her closest friends gets the house, the subsequently falls in love with the Duke of Hart. All she needs is a little push from her friend to commit and marry...and then move out of the Spinster House, leavi...more
I find this such a let down, little to like on both main characters. Out of the series so far, this book is my least like of all. The wee stepbrothers saved the story for me.
The timeline in this book happened concurrently with What to Do with a Duke, and it still evolved around the Duke of Hart's curse, Marquess of Haywood - the male character - being the cousin of the cursed Duke. As such the book lost quite some details; like how Nate and Anne first met, whether that sparked attract ...more
Nate, the Marquess of Haywood, is sitting by his mother’s bedside as he sadly watches her die. She is begging him to keep his cousin, Marcus, the Duke of Hart, safe. As the heir, Marcus may be another victim of the family curse that says that a Duke of Hart must marry for love by the time he is 30 or he will die. In promising his mother that he will watch over Marcus, he realizes that he will be unable to wed until Marcus is safely wed.
Loves Bridge - Nine Years Later - 1817
***Re-do of Review that never posted***
Corsets and curses...oddly, this covers it. :)
This book was fun, pure and simple. The characters, the things that happen to them, the dialog. It was all fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. As others have said, you get a good idea of the book from the synopsis, and it stays true to that.
What you get from this book is exactly what you want....a fun, feel good, romance. Anne and Nate are fun...and by now, the th ...more
I liked the whole concept of the Spinster House spinster and found that to be intriguing. Nate and Anne's story is typical in that they are already acquaintances and the romance has yet to build until the story progresses. This is a nice afternoon read, but with so many romances out there, readers may decide to pass this up in favor of a more substantial book. ...more
This novel is my favourite so far in the series.
There is a curse attached to the Spinster House. The Duke of Hart owns the house and conducts the drawing. If th ...more
My main annoyance with this book is ...more
I read many others' review on this to see if it was to my interest and it seemed like it was, so I gave it a chance and do not regret ...more
Belle and William had an affair when they were teenagers. She got pregnant and was sent away, he joined the army unknowingly and married a woman who took him for a fool. When he finds her again in a lending library, while hiding from the London gossip, he immediately is drawn to her again.
This novella is a fun return to MacKenzie's novels. They always manage to put a smile on my face. And though this novella felt a little rushed (the ending could have been longer, or ...more
Well, not exactly.
The hooked part is right--cursed might be a better description--but the sitting down and writing part came later. Much later.
Sally eventually went on to college, majoring in English, a ...more