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Reminded me why I love Regency romances
16 January 2017
It's ages since I've read a Regency romance; this, coming from someone who is a die-hard Georgette Heyer fan and went through a period of reading—almost exclusively—Regency romances. Picking this book up reminded me of all the reasons why I fell in love with them in the first place.
Yes, there are some good old Regency tropes utilised here, but the story was delightfully unpredictable at times and doesn’t take itself too seriously—something that really added to the enjoyment for me. The author also had a wonderful sense of timing, knowing which moments to draw out and how to do so to greatest effect. I wouldn’t term the novel a comedy, exactly, but there were definitely some humorous and lighthearted moments, enhanced by the dry, less-is-more kind of way in which they were conveyed.
I did think the ending to the suspense plot was a bit clichéd, and there were a few Americanisms that slipped in from time to time (the heroine blew across the top of her mug in one scene, and at one point the hero asked, “Who all is in the drawing room?”), but really, I was quite ready to forgive those instances in light of my overall enjoyment.
If you’re after a clean, light-hearted Regency romance with some suspense thrown into the mix, this one is definitely worth a read.