Once upon a time in Mayfair, a group of wallflowers formed a secret society with goals that had absolutely nothing to do with matrimony. Their most troublesome obstacle? Rogues!
They call her Beastly Beatrice.
Wallflower Lady Beatrice Bentley longs to remain in the wilds of Cornwall to complete her etymological dictionary. Too bad her brother’s Gothic mansion is under renovation. How can she work with an annoyingly arrogant and too-handsome rogue swinging a hammer nearby?
Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school in 1860s Victorian London. She is also a well-respected author of “silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories—the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Mr. King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats, intelligent detectives solving grisly murders, and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real life lacks.
Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.
When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.
With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?
Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?
Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder—including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.
Title: Ashes on the Moor Author: Sarah M. Eden Published: 2016 Genre: Historical Romance Format: Audio Length: 10 hr. 37 min. Source: Purchased Date Finished: July 16, 2020 Grade: A Synopsis: When Evangeline is sent to live in a small mill town in Northern England as a schoolteacher in 1871, she finds herself struggling to fit in with an unfamiliar culture. Raised with the high-class Victorian values and ideals of a sophisticated upbringing, she is unprepared for the poverty she finds in the gritty factory town of Smeatley, where the locals speak with a hard-to-understand Yorkshire accent and struggle to thrive with few resources or opportunities.
Title: A Study in Scarlet Series: Lady Sherlock #1 Author: Sherry Thomas Published: 2016 Genre: Mystery Format: Trade Paperback Length: 323 pages Source: Purchased Date Finished: August 31, 2020 Grade: B Synopsis: With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.
Title: Otherwise Engaged Author: Joanna Barker Published: 2020 Genre: Historical Romance Format: eARC Length: 266 pages Source: NetGalley Date Finished: September 23, 2020 Grade: A Synopsis: She’s never been afraid of breaking the rules—until she risks breaking her heart. Constantly stifled by the rules of Society, spirited Rebecca Rowley enjoys finding ways to quietly—or not so quietly—rebel. But riding bareback and avoiding nosy neighbors are nothing compared to the thrilling secret she is keeping from her family. When Rebecca’s quick thinking saves the life of a young girl, she unwittingly attracts the attention of the child’s dashing brother, Lieutenant Nicholas Avery. As that attention turns flirtatious, Rebecca is forced to tell him the truth: she is secretly engaged—to the one man her family would never approve of. Fortunately, Lieutenant Avery is a navy man with no wish to marry, or so they both assume as they enter into a friendship. Rebecca hopes to change her family’s mind about her betrothed, but the more she comes to know the handsome lieutenant, the more she wonders if she promised her hand too hastily.
After all her carefully laid plans are shattered during a family crisis, Rebecca must force her heart to decide. Should she stay true to the promise she made or fight for the future she’s only just begun to imagine? (from Goodreads)
Title: The Light at Wyndcliff Series: Cornwall #3 Author: Sarah E. Ladd Published: 2020 Genre: Historical Romance Format: eARC Length: 320 pages Source: NetGalley Date Finished: October 11, 2020 Grade: A Synopsis: In the small Cornish village of Pevlyn, secrets are as treacherous as the rocky English shores. Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man now reduced to the post of steward. Evelyn is still grieving her father’s death and her mother’s abandonment when a passing ship is dashed against the rocks.
So I took a hiatus from blogging for about a year and three months, but I’m back! To be honest, my reading kind of got pushed to the back burner after I started grad school. I was so busy with academic reading that I didn’t feel like reading for fun as much. Fast forward to 2020 and the pandemic, and well…I’ve read a lot. More than any other year, really. I’ve missed posting book reviews and want to start back up again, and I figure that if I feel the will to do anything this year, I should jump on it. Starting off, I’m going to be posting reviews of the books I read as I finish them, as well as posting reviews of some books I’ve finished in between my last post and now. They will mainly be the books I really liked, so there will be some gaps as I won’t post reviews of books I didn’t really care for. That said, this blog isn’t here as a place to record every single book I read. For example, I’m reading tons of picture books for school right now, and I’m not going to review any of those here. I might make monthly recaps, and I might not. I do plan on posting reviews regularly, though.
I hope everyone’s doing as well as can be expected, and happy reading!