Guest Post: Lady Averford's Top Tips for Matchmaking
When you read Thornbrook Park or An Affair Downstairs, you learn that Sophia, Countess of Averford, considers herself a bit of a matchmaker. In fact, she can’t help but try to pair up the single people in her life. But she has a few rules…
1. Make sure the match benefits the matchmaker.
If one wants to keep her sister close, for example, one should try finding her a bachelor who happens to live in the same neighborhood, or even the same house, so much the better.
2. Age doesn’t matter, until it does.
Older men are perfectly suitable candidates for marriage, as long as they have a title or estate. Without a title or sizable estate, older men are likely to seem quite stodgy and impossible.
3. Looks aren’t everything.
In fact, it matters very little what a man looks like as long as he has the right position, connections, and manners.
4. Opposites attract.
Having some things in common can be helpful for making conversation over the breakfast table, perhaps, but conversation can lead to arguments. Sometimes, it’s handy to have no similar interests at all, especially if one marries a man who isn’t particularly witty or good-looking. In which case, the secret to a successful marriage might be spending time apart.
5. Social standing is everything.
Everything! I can’t stress it enough. Good-looking or bad, fat or thin, witty or dull, polite or boorish, old or young, any of it can be tolerated as long as the marriage elevates one’s standing. Or, at least, doesn’t detract from it.
Daughters of earls shouldn’t consider marriage to any less than an earl, for example. Princes or dukes are ideal, but an earl will do if he is also good-looking and intelligent. The lower the rank, the more a man needs to add to his appeal in other ways. But certainly, don’t put anything above rank.
There you have it! Happy husband hunting, and best wishes.
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Author: Sherri Browning
Series: Thornbrook Park
The attraction of the forbidden cannot be suppressed…
Lady Alice Emerson is entirely unsatisfied with the endless stream of boring suitors her family finds appropriate. She wants something more. Something daring. Something real. Each tiresome new suitor only serves to further inflame Lady Alice’s combustible attraction to Thornbrook Park’s rugged, manly estate manager, Logan Winthrop. Despite Logan’s stubborn attempts to avoid her, Lady Alice is irresistible, and so is the forbidden desire exploding between them…
If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, don’t miss the fascinating Edwardian world of Thornbrook Park.
Sherri Browning writes historical and contemporary romance fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist. She is the author of critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in western Massachusetts and Greater Detroit Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Find her online at www.sherribrowningerwin.com.