Let me admit to something straight off the bat--if your characters
name is Alexandra Elizabeth and shes a brunette, youve already got
yourself an interested reader in me. If your book is also set in
Regency England, youve just made a sale. No questions asked. If you
then make the book so interesting and captivating, with lively
characters, attention to detail and gorgeous gowns described--well you
just earned yourself a dedicated reader until you stop writing.
book begins with the start of the Season--the height of the tons
social gatherings for four months of glittering balls, strolls through
the park and social call after social call (not to mention dinner
parties, al frescos, lunch get togethers, rides in carriages&) and Lady
Alexandras debut into the society. She doesnt hold much hope for
excitement for the Season--she much prefers books and spending time
with her two closest friends Ella and Vivi. Both of whom share her
passion for the intellectual pursuits and wariness of formal gatherings.
strength of the book relies on those three and their interactions with
each other and the world at large. They each view the world
differently, but look to each other for support and guidance. Just how
many crazy schemes those three got into as children isnt said, but
from the plans they make in this book one can only imagine (with horror
and humor equally)!
Our romantic leads--Alex and Blackmoor
(Gavin)--follow a typical romance storyline, that of old friends who
see each other differently as adults, but thankfully neither of them is
blind. Alex doesnt suddenly become a simpering miss, determined to
behave differently in order to win him and Gavin doesnt suddenly start
treating her like a delicate flower. Neither do they admit to harboring
feelings for years, they both recognize that it wasn't until recently
they began to see each other in a romantic light.
that of Blackmoor Seniors death, is fairly easy to guess at, but its
not a primary focus of the story. Not till closer to the end when
things begin to heat up. Many chapters begin with a persons
thoughts--sinister thoughts that serve to advance the mystery plot
without needlessly having the characters run around.
recommended read for young adults who enjoy romance, fashion and a
little bit of intrigue and for adult fans of the regency genre!
(Reprinted with permission from author)