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Lady August Kindle Edition
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"An intelligent, involving story of a Regency Cinderella finding a new life and true love." -Kirkus Reviews
"Readers looking for an uncomplicated historical love story will be satisfied with this literary confection." -BookLife Reviews
"Becky Michaels ticks all the boxes in her second regency romance... With some steamy scenes, misunderstandings, slick dialogue and lush period descriptions, Lady August is an utterly delightful read. Highly recommended for fans of Julia Quinn and the Bridgerton novels." -BlueInk Review, STARRED review
"Lady August is a simmering historical romance in which a social outcast becomes an heiress and learns to take chances." -Foreword Clarion Reviews
"Becky Michaels tells a story that feels both familiar and fresh...a smart historical romance that features women who choose to live on their own terms and who want only a man willing to love and admire that completely." -Independent Book Review--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08TKFZ8WL
- Publisher : Mildred Press (30 March 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 4724 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 37,274 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is the cover that caught my eyes first, I even thought it was a comics or manga, why I expected more of an historical rom-com.
I was a bit annoyed with August, she is a daring young woman who takes not well-thought risks. She is young, bored and aware life will offer less than more as a poor orphan.
But with each dare, comes a price.
She will later discover how much reckless acts could cost her.
After with no real prospect, I can understand she wanted to have a taste of what is so forbidden to young misses, but the risks may come with a tremendous price, I think she risked much for even less than expected.
Outside this risk-taking side, she is a lively and caring woman, who is fast to stand on her two feet when thrown from one place to another.
She adapts and learns to voice what she wants or not, even when her caregiver is quite much improper in the eyes of polite society.
Samuel Brooks is a man who closed the door to any form of closeness and affection. He is determined to never love nor marry, his relatives examples give him credence that he is on the right path.
Yet he is drawn to his new charge turned employer. He might deny it, and run away every time they get too close. Still, nothing can free him from the pull he feels for her.
But damaged he is and for him to hand his trust and his heart is like shattering his whole life oath.
I was upset at him for being so tight lipped about the reason behind his dislike of marriage, he could have shared them with August. Voicing his fears could have helped him to overcome them. Why it is up to her to dig into Brooks past to unravel the mystery he is.
There are some errors I suppose will be corrected by time of the release, like the age of the heroine 20, 21 or 23, 2 or 3 years working as a governess.
After I wondered why does she never call him by his first name, he is no nobility, so when in intimacy, he could simply be Samuel.
Then there is what is impossible, people calling her a lady, whatever a peer would demande, she can never be no one else than a miss, acknowledged child or not. An orphan from unknown parents, an illegitimate daughter, an acknowledged but out of wedlock daughter could never be called a lady.
3.5 rounded up 4 stars
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Raised in an orphanage, August Summer was no stranger to hardship. But through Dickensian stroke of luck, at the age of eighteen, she suddenly becomes a governess. Immediately and woefully out of place in her new life, the task of August’s assimilation into high-society is assigned to a lawyer named Samuel Brooks. Per his client, the Earl of Bolton’s request, Brooks reluctantly accepts the task.
Brooks soon becomes infatuated with the young heiress, but his pragmatic and cynical disposition regarding all-things marriage, heavily rooted in childhood trauma, places him at odds with his heart. What follows is an exercise in a romantic tension, one that leans heavily on suspense and offers readers a surprisingly nuanced plot and healthy doses of historical context.
For her part, Michael’s second foray into the realm of historical fiction feels that much more confident. The Boston-based author has never had an issue painting the picture of pre-Victorian England, but her greatest asset this time around just so happens to be the messy, flawed protagonists at the heart of this story. Be it August’s debilitating feelings of inadequacy or Samuel’s penchant for self-sabotage, the characters at the heart of this story might be from another century, but they ‘feel’ incredibly real and contemporary.
While the brisk pace and abundance of modern vernacular may irk purists, ‘Lady August’ is a solid narrative that would work in nearly any decade. In fact, I could argue that if this novel had been set during the ‘Jazz Age’—I don’t know why, but the cover immediately had me thinking of Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender is the Night’—the story might’ve even had more impact.
Regardless, ‘Lady August’ is a win in my book—for fans of historical fiction, highly recommended.
August is easy to adore. She's sweet and kind hearted with a wild stubborn streak that all of the best heroine's possess. She made a grave mistake that comes back to haunt her. I like to think that will the maturity of age, she wouldn't have made that mistake. But who knows? She longs to belong and be loved and she's so very loveable!
Brooks is the absolute perfect male swoony hero. He comes onto the rescue with all of his wits about him, and yet his heart soon awakens. He doesn't want a wife and most certainly not one that everyone seems to keep pushing him towards. But he can't deny his heart nor his duty. His staunch attitude makes for a few drunken episodes that absolutely bring out more shades of his character. He's positively delightful.
I'm so excited that I've found a new favorite author! I can't wait to read her other work. This was thrillingly enjoyable and I can't wait to go back for a re-read. These characters are layered so deeply into my heart now. One click this steamy regency romance and fall in love today!
I could hardly put the book down. The plot is fast-paced and the ending will fulfill every reader's curiosity. I loved how the characters were intertwined throughout the storyline. August's personality is one of resilience and assertiveness. This is one book that inspires me to look for more of the author's books.