Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker


Miss Adeline Hayes is the perfect lady's companion: pleasant, conversational, and unceasingly proper. But when her closest friend, Charity Edgeworth, breaks off her arranged marriage without explanation, even Adeline's superior skills are put to the test. Charity's father banishes the two young women to the country, sending Adeline with a charge to find Charity a husband—or suffer dire consequences. As Adeline takes on the role of reluctant matchmaker, she discovers more than one obstacle in her path. Not only does Charity prefer escaping in books to socializing, but Adeline soon finds her own attentions distracted by the standoffish—and irritatingly handsome—Mr. Evan Whitfield. Amidst an eventful foxhunt and the unexpected arrival of Charity's former betrothed, Adeline simply doesn't have time for a battle of wits with Evan. But the two are continually drawn together until Adeline begins to question her tightly guarded convictions about love and marriage.

However, when secrets are revealed and truths made known, Adeline must face her most fearsome obstacle yet: herself.

In Emilee's opinion:

This was the first novel I read by Joanna Barker and it was a lovely regency romance. I related to Miss Adeline Hayes more than I thought. I also love to explore and would do anything for a close friend. I loved that Adeline did everything she could to help Charity even when there were consequences for her actions. She was the kind of friend I would want. I loved the quote by Mrs. Beckett, "A friend can make all the difference when life grows unbearably difficult." Its true...we all need friends and this book touched upon friendship as well as romance.

Now, onto the romance and "the guy" as I call it on every Hallmark film I watch. Mr. Evan Whitfield was unlikable at first but then he softened and you could see his true character (Peter's example). It reminded me a little of Pride and Prejudice but I could actually understand the writing so that was a plus sign. Will Evan win the heart of Miss Adeline or will they battle it out each time they see each other? Will they finally figure out that they are both drawn to each other? Adeline does seem to make a mess of things (which I do too...score...I'm not the only one) but I loved how she handled each situation. She definitely grew in the story and learned from her mistakes. You really must read this book. I definitely recommend it.

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