How, one might ask?
Between the covers of a good book. Out there in the world of fiction, there is a man for everyone (and maybe even a Duke of Hastings for Bridgeton fans). Read on to find your fictitious love match, and discover some of literature’s most eligible bachelors.
Perhaps a participant in the first game of 'hard to get' – before it was a game.
A façade of impertinence, that once peeled back provides a humble man, worthy of a second chance. He may start off disliked, but there is nothing his low buttoned white chemise, and floppy brown hair cannot solve – a definite one snap up before Elizabeth comes along.
Star sign – Libra | Most suited to: Gemini, Aquarius
The opposite of a commitment-phobe, Edward is a man of his word. Content in a life out of society and wealth, he is definitely worth consideration.
Star Sign: Sagittarius | Most suited to: Aries, Libra, Leo, Aquarius
It is hard not to fall for young Theodore (Known as ‘Laurie’ by close friends). A man so comforted by the company of the four March sisters; he would definitely go down a treat with the parents. Charm, good looks and a strong character – it's hard not to hop into H.G Well’s time machine and snap him up.
Star sign: Virgo | Most suited to: Scorpio, Capricorn, Taurus, Cancer
Something of a rock, George Knightly is there to lead the way should one ever feel at a loss (a common feeling during lockdown). A mature man who prizes virtue and good manners.
Star Sign: Virgo | Most suited to: Scorpio, Capricorn, Taurus, Cancer
Often taken advantage of, Count Bezukhov has a large heart, and a desire to please. Although an undeniable introvert, what he lack in social skills, he makes up for in intellect. A quiet calendar and a good book lie in the centre of this bachelor’s world.
Star Sign: Gemini | Most compatible: Aries, Libra, Leo, Aquarius, Sagittarius
Mr De Winter is not for everyone. In fact, many people may find him intimidating. But while Maxim has a dark past, he shows himself as one of the elite through his ability to change – and develop into a man of esteem and care.
Something of a media star in the 21st century, this duke has an affinity for nudity, and is not shy about his boxer’s physique. He can be tough to crack, but once inside castle Clyveden you can be assured he is full of sensitivity. Keep an eye out for Lady Whistledown’s judgment should this Duke take your fancy.
Star Sign: Scorpio | Most compatible: Cancer, Pisces, Virgo
Forget Freud’s Oedipus complex, lets think about the Mellthorn problem. Are you team Gale or Team Peeta? Do you prefer timidity or a fighter's spirit? Well that’s one’s up to you, but Susan Collins has given us a real dilemma in the dating world.
Star Sign Peeta: Aquarius | Most compatible: Gemini, Libra Sagittarius
Star Sign Gale: Aries | Most compatible: Gemini, Leo Sagittarius, Aquarius
Connell is used to the waiting game, and he knows how to get what he wants. Don’t be put off by his desire to reject his feelings, he is always around the corner when you most need him.
Star Sign: Aquarius | Most compatible: Gemini, Libra Sagittarius
Note: This list is not exhaustive.