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The action of this book revolves around repeal of the corn laws, and the motivations of people on opposing sides, but the author gets it so infuriatingly wrong that it ruins the read. People who have no understanding of the difference between a law and a bill have no business writing about parliamentary matters. I was constantly pulled out of the story by the repeated errors. Readers who don’t care about fact and period detail will probably not be put off, but those who do will find this book disappointing.
I could honestly tell I was going to love this story from the very first chapter. If you’ve read and enjoyed book one in the Clavering Chronicles series then you are going to love this one. I so enjoyed the fact that this story allows us to follow on with Selena and Lucius’ own story. I loved “A Fall From Grace” so for me this was an added boon. If you haven’t already read “A Fall From Grace ~ Clavering Chronicles Book 1”, then I definitely recommend that you do so first if possible as it provides a lot of backstory for this one, especially since that is when we’re first introduced to Philippa! I already enjoyed what we got to know of her character from that book, so I was eager and excited for this story to come out 🥰 If you enjoy clean and wholesome romance set during the regency era, you really can’t go wrong with this series. I am definitely happy to recommend it. I received an ARC of this book from the author, however this in no way influenced my opinion and I am under no obligation to leave this review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The characters and story were really well written and I just loved the slow burn romance between Jack and Philippa! The anticipation and build up to that first kiss was just perfect and totally worth the wait! The political setting was interesting and one I haven't read much about before. Easy 5 star read!
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author but all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Philippa Clavering is in London for the Season and her sister Maria is determined to get her married. Philippa would also like to be married but to someone of her choice. Philippa is intelligent and quite forthright in her opinions. Philippa befriends Sophie Blythefield and meets her brother, Jack. Jack is an M.P. and is concerned with the repeal of the Corn Laws. He is a skilled orator in Parliament and he wants a wife to host his political dinners, so he wants a quiet wife. Jack’s family is rather dysfunctional and he is often left to pick up the pieces when things go wrong. Philippa and Jack don’t have a good first meeting but the more they get to know each other so their feelings change. However, Philippa is the exact opposite to what Jack believes he wants in a wife. I enjoyed catching up with Selina and Lucius. Hopefully, George (Philippa’s brother ) will have his own story.
Second book in the Clavering series, and continues on from the excellent first book. Philippa seems very sure of what others should be doing, and who they should be with, and could be seen as very organising. Jack certainly sees her as such and their interaction is very well observed, as are the historical aspects, including the corn laws. I always find Jennie Goutet's books very enjoyable, and this is no exception, thoroughly recommended.
The H&H are amusingly incompatible: he so formal and totally absorbed by his career, she, a seemingly fluffy little blonde who has more gumption and savvy than her 19 summers would warrant. The tortuous path of their interactions, between balls and tedious political entertainments centered on the Corn Laws, livened by booby traps sprung by a quirky gallery of supporting characters, make for a mostly appreciable read.
I am happy to say this was a well written novel. I don’t know much about the politics in London during this time period other than what I’ve read in novels like these. But from what I read it was consistent with what was going on. I especially enjoyed the flow of the romance, I never felt the romance was excessive or imbalanced to the storyline of the politics. I enjoy novels that emphasize the storyline or plot more than the romance. Yet the romance is woven in naturally, which I felt occurred in this book. The H and h were not overly attracted to each other. It was a nice subtle falling in love. Though the proposal seemed a little abrupt, but I guess it was time to end the story. Lol.
I didn’t notice any annoying grammatical issues. Ie no repetitive phrases that get noticed, no exaggerated metaphors or similes that seemed odd. Phraseology flowed well.
I feel a book is well written when nothing pops out at me and interrupts the flow and this book accomplished that. It wasn’t adventurous or overly exciting, but was just a good solid read.
If you've never read a Jennie Goutet book, I recommend you try one! She has a wonderful talent for writing an enjoyable story that keeps you interested, and the characters she creates are superb. - Clean, sweet romance, no sex or bad language. - Very good storyline with bits of history woven throughout. One of the (many) things I enjoyed in this book was the bits of dry, witty humor! "... Miss Clavering was nothing short of stunning - the kind of face a man could look at without spoiling his breakfast." This was a thought that Jack expressed to himself upon meeting Philippa. In the beginning, he was quite pompous, with a critical examination of females that he was considering to fill the role of his wife. Little did he know that she was beyond stunning and would shake his world - and change him for the better. Philippa is such an awesome character! Strong willed, but still very caring and sensitive to the feelings of others. Their beginning interactions are pretty comical. I appreciate the research the author did on the workings of Parliament, and the inclusion in this story. It made the setting feel more real. I recommend reading the first book in this series, 'A Fall From Grace' before reading this one. The events in the second book follow the first book chronologically, and you will better understand who some of the other characters are who make appearances in this second book too. It will feel a bit familiar. I highly recommend this book! It is definitely on my 'Read Again' bookshelf!