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Maria Kendall is stunningly beautiful, impeccably mannered, effortlessly graceful - in short, a perfect candidate for marriage. Thus all of polite London society is astonished that she is the latest charge of Amy and Effy Tribble, eccentric spinsters specializing in making matches for unmarriageable misses. But when Maria’s suitors - among them the roguish and exceedingly aristocratic Duke of Berham - meet her vulgar and boorish parents, proposals of marriage invariably vanish. Now the Tribbles face their greatest challenge - taking on, not only Maria, but the hopelessly common Kendalls as well.

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Absolutely Love the Flawed Characters

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This is the first book I have read since I became interested in reading about a year and a half ago that I have read a book where characters are all so real and flawed. Truly refreshing to see that. I LOVED this book because of it.

The plot is about miss Maria Kendall who is sent to a special school to learn to behave properly for the polite society. The people who truly should be there though are her vulgar parents. They are very rich indeed but have such terrible manners that they repel anyone from the society who meets them therefore reducing their daughter’s chances of making a good connection. On her way to London, she meets the Duke of Berham in an Inn but their interaction is very poor. Later when in London his mother places an announcement in the paper regarding his engagement to the beautiful Maria in the hopes of seeing her son married. Though both are shocked about the announcement they decide on an agreement that is beneficial to both and resolve to go along with it. But that is the case until the Duke meets her parents and all bets are off after that.

The book is very good but the narration is poor. Try and overlook that or you can miss out on the book.

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MC Beaton You're My Hero!

The eccentric Amy and Effie Tribble, their strong female charges and the gallant men who populate these stories are a bag of fun!

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entertaining and masterly narrated

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previous books of this series and will start on the last one right away.