International plots abound! Traitors are sought! Perilous times are nigh! Napoleon's spy master is lurking. Yet the marriage game continues and Penelope Rose is in the thick of both games. Her 'nom de plume', Madame X is called into more matchmaking for the ton, including the Duke of Marchford.
Until now no task has been too difficult. As companion to Antonia Lockton the Dowager Duchess of Marchford, Pen also assists the duchess's grandson the Duke of Marchford in his work as a spy for crown and country.
This time Marchford wants her help in both capacities, to become his bride and avoid the avid interest of the flocking debutantes and to assist him with a plot that sets the crown and London itself in peril. Pen wants more than Marchford is prepared to offer on the personal level, yet she thrills to the chase with both. And then there's Marchford's attitude towards Christmas! But a wooing he will go, and those 'days of Christmas' certainly bring surprises.
Their story is rife with intrigue, thwarted romance, humour and dark and deadly doings.
A welcome read!
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