A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting

Pamela Dorman: Viking. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780593491348. $27. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
DEBUT After their father passes away and leaves Kitty Talbot and her four sisters with no fortune or future, Kitty sets her sights on finding a rich husband in London. What Kitty lacks in genteel manners she makes up for in grit and determination, and she soon finds herself being courted by a wealthy (if young and a bit oblivious) peer named Archie. Alas for Kitty, Archie’s brother is the starchy and oh-so-proper Lord Radcliffe, who quickly nips Archie’s attention in the bud, but isn’t quite quick enough to escape Kitty’s next plan—having Lord Radcliffe teach her the ways of the ton and help her secure invitations to all the best events. As the season progresses, Kitty and Lord Radcliffe soon learn that love can disrupt the best-laid plans.
VERDICT A fine historical romance full of wit and banter. Recommended as a read-alike for Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” series or Mimi Matthews’s The Siren of Sussex.
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