Guest Blog by Amanda Forester, author of A Wedding in Springtime
Finding the perfect match is difficult no matter what time period you happen to find yourself. While the idea of a matchmaker may sound foreign to modern day readers, many of us use a modern day equivalent - the online dating site! In these online dating sites you enter in a variety of information about yourself and then you are given options of potential partners who would theoretically be a good match. You can also go "shopping", so to speak, by putting in the type person you think you might like, and see what options are available. Our modern matchmaker is a computer algorithm! Whether or not this is a winning formula for love is debatable, but more and more people are finding their romantic partners online.
During the Regency (1811-1820) computerized dating services were obviously not available, but this did not mean people did not turn to a third party to help find the perfect match. Bringing young people together was one of the important aspects of many of the Regency entertainments. As a young Regency miss, have no fear but that your mother, your aunts, and your cousins would all be plotting ways to get you to "accidentally" meet just the right man. The question wasn't whether there were matchmakers in the Regency, but rather who wasn't acting as a matchmaker in the Regency.
In A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME, Penelope Rose has helped to find successful matches for her four sisters. Taking the matchmaking one step further, she has developed a book (an annotated copy of Debrett’s “Peerage of England") listing potential husbands and their relative attributes and limitations. Pen is not one to leave something as important as marriage to chance.
Using her skills at matchmaking, she attempts to arrange a marriage for beautiful Eugenia Talbot, whose natural vivaciousness was not well received by the queen. On the edge of social ruin, Genie needs to find a husband - and quick! So Penelope using her skills to connect Genie with eligible marriage partners, and keep her away from notorious rake William Grant. Unfortunately for Penelope her plan goes horribly wrong, yet through a series of circumstances involving a Napoleonic spy and a street urchin, it all comes right in the end.
Despite everyone's better judgment, Genie Talbot and William Grant find true love in A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME. But will is ever be the matchmaker's turn? Fortunately, more books and opportunities for matchmaking will arise for Penelope as the Marriage Mart series continues with A MIDSUMMER BRIDE (Nov. 2013) and WINTER WEDDING (Sept. 2014).
So how did you meet your match (or are trying to meet your perfect match!). Did you turn to any "matchmakers" online or otherwise?