After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she’ll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.
Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home… until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha’s determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they’ll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics.
Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth–until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?
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My favourite pairing from the Ladies of Distinction series finally has its own story. In the previous books, readers observed Miss Agatha Watson trying not to reveal the feelings she had for her friend, Mr. Zayne Beckett. While their friends paired off, Agatha threw herself into journalistic pursuits. Zayne would eventually head west to meet up with the often mentioned but never seen Helena, the woman he was supposed to marry. I was sure this couldn’t be the end for these two, and I’m delighted that Jen Turano has ‘corrected’ the situation.
The Ladies of Distinction novels are not formulaic, but there are certain elements that do appear in each book. In A Match of Wits, the ladies may be settling down with families, but that doesn’t stop their escapades as they occasionally accompany Agatha during her adventures. The police of Manhattan must surely be familiar with this crowd by now. Parents are still matchmaking, men are still gallant yet clueless, and the person making the most sense appears to be an 8 year old girl who gives her Uncle Zayne a verbal wakeup call.
A Match of Wits is an old-fashioned comedy that is sure to delight. There is a wide variety of characters from the upper classes to saloon and brothel owners, including a domesticated pig named Matilda who accompanies Agatha almost everywhere. It’s written in breezy tones that allow the reader to escape into the fun world of the fashionable Park Avenue set. If you’re looking for some light reading this summer, this is a book – and series – I heartily recommend.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary electronic copy of A Match of Wits, which I downloaded from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 01 July 2014
Page Count: 352