Mr. Malcolm’s List

Berkley Jove. Aug. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780593197400. pap. $16. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The Honorable Jeremy Malcolm isn’t an earl or a duke, but he’s nevertheless the catch of the season and thus besieged by fortune-hunting potential brides. To aid his search for a love match, Malcolm creates a list of qualities he’s looking for, allowing for an objective approach to courting. When Julia Thistlewaite discovers Malcolm has spurned her with his list, she enacts revenge by inviting former school friend Selina Dalton to give him a taste of his own medicine. Selina, a vicar’s daughter, believes she’s unlikely to impress Malcolm and agrees to Julia’s schemes in exchange for an introduction to London society. But the lovely Selina is meeting all of Malcolm’s qualifications, and finding Malcolm as equally pleasing, she is sure Julia will understand. But Julia’s desire for payback is greater than Selina realized and soon there are hurt feelings on all sides.
VERDICT With a feature film already in the works, building on a script also written by Allain (Incognito), this captivating Regency is sure to be oft-requested and relished by fans of the period.
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