Book Review #113: How to Manage a Marquess


Author: Sally MacKenzie

Genre: Romance

Language: English

Series, if any: Spinster House series, Book 2

Publisher: Kensington Books

Date of publication: 26 April 2016

No. Of pages: 432


Now that a stepmother is entering the picture, Miss Anna Davenport has to take some hasty measures to ensure her happiness and independence. The Spinster House seems to be a perfect answer, only if her good friend Cat vacates the premises and marry the Duke of Hart. What she never expected was the handsome obstacle named Nate, the Marquess of Haywood who has spent his life looking out for the Duke, to keep him safe from the family curse. Can the two lonely hearts find a common ground?


I loved the idea behind the main plot and for me that was enough reason to request for this book, other than the fact that it was a regency book. But I found the characters falling short of the expectations that I had after reading the description and all the other reviews. I did not like the female lead character and found her to be anything but feisty and strong-willed. The plot can be described as solid though I didn’t get any glompse of slapstick comedy and mayhem.

The style of narration was simple, elegant and eloquent and kept up the appearance of the time period in which the entire setting has been created. The title and the cover image is simple and straightforward enough that lives no doubt regarding what to expect from the book.

My opinion: There was nothing extraordinary that I can remark upon. It was a pretty decent book that I happened to come across and I was able to finish it a day. The bonus of reading the prequel to the Spinister House Romances was definitely an added bonus.

My rating: 3 out of 5

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