Wedding of the Year

Written by Victoria Malvey
Review by Trudi E. Jacobson

It is 1830 and Elizabeth Everley has been “out” for several years. However, she finds fitting in with the demands of the ton difficult, and would rather putter in her workshop, building catapults. It is her sister’s first Season. Catherine fits into society as Elizabeth never has. However, when Elizabeth decides never to marry, her father decrees Catherine cannot marry until after Elizabeth does. They have just met a pair of intriguing and exasperating brothers, but who is destined for whom?

In her acknowledgements, Malvey mentions that this book was written during a difficult period in her life, and that it might not have been completed without her editor’s encouragement. I would expect these conditions might explain several faux pas in the book: a gentleman uses the word “bloody” in the company of a lady without thinking a thing of it, and Elizabeth decides to call a gentleman by his first name on extremely short acquaintance. While I found jarring errors such as these in the first part of the story, Malvey builds a real sense of suspense later in the novel, with a subplot that had me hurtling through to find out what happens.