Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend

Avon. (Mischief & Matchmaking, Bk. 1). Jan. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780063312005. pap. $18.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
DEBUT Two young women in Victorian London distract themselves from the marriage market by setting up their parents, with unexpected results. Miss Beth Demeroven must land a fiancé by the end of her first and only season, or she and her widowed mother will be without house or fortune. Despite the dire consequences hanging over her, Beth finds her new friendship with the dashing and high-spirited Gwen Havenfort far more interesting than hunting for a man. When Gwen suggests they try to use their time to set up her widower father with Beth’s mother and keeping themselves single for another year, Beth is only too happy to scheme with her. Their friendship starts to become something more, but a marriage proposal for Beth threatens to destroy all their hopes for a future together.
VERDICT Alban’s debut is a disarmingly sweet and well-written story that promises two romances for the price of one. This has wide appeal and is recommended for readers who enjoy sapphic stories, new-adult fiction, or historical romance.
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