HOW TO FORGET A DUKE – Vivienne Lorret
Misadventures in Matchmaking, Book 1
ISBN: 978-0-06-268548-3 (Print)
ISBN: 978-0-06-268549-0 (E-book)
Crispin Montague, the Duke of Rydstrom has become a client at the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. His agent, Jacinda Bourne, isn't satisfied with his responses and doesn't feel she can find the right marriage partner without more information. He has only listed his Aunt Hortense as a relation. He just wants a rich wife, one only interest in being a duchess. She steals into his London house and his office very early one morning, and discovers a letter mentioning the name Sybil. The Duke finds Jacinda there, and she lets the letter slip under his desk. She talks her way out of the house. Unfortunately, the Duke finds the letter and knows she has read one of his deepest secrets, and he will do anything in his power to protect Sybil.
Jacinda's Uncle Earnest, Lord Eggleston, supposed runs the Bourne Agency. Jacinda, her older sister Ainsley, and younger sister Briar do the actual work. Their father abandoned their mother and his three daughters long ago, and now with their mother's death, their uncle shelters them. Her sisters will be furious with Jacinda when they learn what she has done. She's not through with her investigation. She plans to travel to Sussex to his manor to try to discover who Sybil is. Her plans change dramatically when an accident near the duke's residence causes her to lose her memory.
Quotes from Emma introduce each chapter in this pleasantly convoluted love story. Her mother left each daughter a copy of Jane Austin's Emma , which they all treasure, which story about a matchmaker probably inspires the sister. Every chapter starts with a quote from Emma . Crispin, a very contained and duty-bound man, finds himself continually harassed by his unwanted guest. He also discovers Jacinda is not only an impetuous, provoking, provocative, inquisitive, and impulsive guest but also a thoughtful and compassionate woman. He might discover love with Jacinda, but he still needs a rich wife to keep his manor house livable.