Deborah goes to Dover – M.C. Beaton

This is the fifth in the Travelling Matchmaker series by M.C. Beaton, which has been republished no doubt to cash in on all the fans of Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth. But if that is the case then so be it. These rather short novels are a tonic, with a bit of historic romance thrown into the mix they while away a pleasant afternoon.

Miss Hannah Pym decides that her next place to visit is Dover, and with her footman the somewhat roguish Benjamin she sets out for more adventures. That way she will have something to talk to her friend Sir George, brother of her deceased employer about. Is Hannah perhaps after some matchmaking of her own with Sir George and perhaps the travelling is not conducive to this when you are on your own and all around you are potential romances.

This is Hannah’s key skill, despite being a spinster, she can see the potential amongst the fellow passengers on the travelling stage as well as those she encounters when disaster strikes when the coach goes to fast and ends up in a ditch. That is one way to get to know everyone a little better.

Abigail with her mother is off to be married to someone she does not want to, to enable her family to survive. Money is stronger than love. Captain Beltravers is returning to his regiment to forget his marriage but the army is not for him anymore as it took his wife and child and now is taking his happiness.

The coach passengers encounter brother and sister Lord William and Lady Deborah who have spent their idyllic lives hunting, fishing and teasing each other and everyone else. Love comes unexpectedly knocking on their door. When it suits William it does not suit Deborah and then it suits Deborah and not William. Who will triumph and find love along with the others?

You can tell this series is coming to the end with this book (there is only one more left to read – Yvonne goes to York) as there are references to what might have happened to Hannah’s mistress before she ran off with a footman. And Benjamin’s nemesis Lady Carsely is back to seek revenge. So I am off to York to find out if Hannah Pym finally gets herself matched!