Wednesday 1 March 2023

πŸ“– Book Review ~ The Marriage Season by Jane Dunn

Boldwood Books
26 January 2023

My thanks to the publisher for the invitation to read this book

In Regency England, marriage is everything. For young widow Sybella Lovatt, the time has come to find a suitable husband for her sister and ward Lucie. Male suitors are scarce near their Wiltshire estate, so the sisters resolve to head to London in time for The Season to begin.

Once ensconced at the Mayfair home of Lady Godley, Lucie’s godmother, the whirl of balls, parties and promenades can begin. But the job of finding a husband is fraught with rules and tradition. Jostling for attention are the two lords – the charming and irresistible Freddie Lynwood and the preternaturally handsome Valentine Ravenell, their enigmatic neighbour from Shotten Hall, Mr Brabazon, and the dangerous libertine Lord Rockliffe, with whom the brooding Brabazon is locked in deadly rivalry.

Against the backdrop of glamorous Regency England, Sybella must settle Lucie’s future, protect her own reputation, and resist the disreputable rakes determined to seduce the beautiful widow. As the Season ends, will the sisters have found the rarest of things – a suitable marriage with a love story to match?

πŸ“– My Review...

Young widow, Sybilla Lovatt lives a quiet life in the country with her younger sister Lucie, however, Lucie is now of an age to marry and so it is with some trepidation that they head for London where Lady Godley, Lucie's rich godmother is set to launch her into London society. With the marriage season upon them it is imperative that Lucie makes a good impression and sets about the task of finding a good husband.

The Marriage Season looks at the vagaries of living in Regency England when it was imperative for young ladies of quality to marry a suitable husband and it has been such a delight to follow in Lucie and Sybilla's footsteps as they go from glittering ballrooms, to taking refreshment in the grand salons of the affluent rich and exercising their horses in the park whilst also getting to know those distinctly eligible bachelors who vie for their attention.

Beautifully written and with a fine eye for historical detail The Marriage Season brings the Regency world of courtship to life and introduces a set of charming characters who remain with you long after the last page is turned.

About the Author

Jane Dunn is a leading biographer, the author of Moon in Eclipse: A Life of Mary Shelley, A Very Close Conspiracy: Vanessa Bell and Virginia Wolf, and Antonia White: A Life. Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens was published in the spring of 2003 and spent seven weeks in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestseller list. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Dunn lives near Bath with her husband, the linguist and writer Nicholas Ostler.

Twitter @JaneDunnAuthor



  1. Thank you so much, Jo, for a wonderful review of The Marriage Season. I'm so glad you understood what I was trying to do and seemed to enjoy my characters as much as I did. With best wishes and heartfelt thanks, Jane

    1. Thank you for a lovely story, it was a pleasure to read.


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