"amusing late Victorian romantic intrigue"
In 1885 Chelsea, England, by accident Lord Justin Powell
finds himself in a potentially compromising situation with
an underage teenager. Though nothing happened, he cuts a
deal with Evelyn Cummings Whyte that if she keeps silent
about their unfortunate unplanned "rendezvous", he owes her
a future favor. She agrees.
Ten years later, Evelyn has taken charge of her aunt's
wedding planning business, but each event that she has
hosted has been a catastrophe. Desperate to succeed before
she runs the business into the ground, Evelyn calls in the
debt by asking Justin if she can use his estate for the
next matrimonial celebration. Though a nuisance, Justin
agrees not because of honoring a debt, but as an
opportunity to uncover enemy spies in his role as a secret
agent. No doubt he would have reconsidered if he knew how
much danger the woman he loves would place herself in as
somehow Evelyn is in the middle of every peril.
BRIDAL FAVORS is an amusing late Victorian romantic
intrigue that spoofs espionage historical intrigue tales.
The story line never takes itself too seriously even as the
lead couple tries to do the right thing, which seems to just
place them in one precarious situation after another.
Connie Brockway's novel succeeds because the audience cares
what happens to Evelyn and Justin at the same time enjoying
a jocular farce.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 13, 2002