|His cheekbones & jaw are ridiculous|
|Wish I'd read this edition!|
Belinda Goes to Bath is the second in Chesney's The Travelling Matchmaker series. While I have not read the first novel, Emily Goes to Exeter, I don't feel I missed anything as Belinda is fairly self-explanatory.
Miss Hannah Pym, once a housekeeper but now a lady of independent means, travels via stagecoach to "The Bath" in search of new experiences. She hopes her companions will be interesting ... and is not disappointed for she shares her coach with a seemingly mismatched miserable married couple as well as an outspoken (and not-classically-beautiful-but-compelling) heiress and her dour companion. And the coachman is a drunkard who falls asleep and dumps the coach into a river. In the middle of winter, no less. Luckily, they all find themselves rescued by a marquess ... And that's when Miss Hannah Pym proves her name as the Travelling Matchmaker.
Belinda Goes to Bath is a comfortable sort of historical romance -- quite predictable but still pleasant. The kind of novel you don't need to give your full attention in order to follow or enjoy.
Belinda Goes to Bath by Marion Chesney (St. Martin's Press, 1991)