Book Review: The Goodnight Kiss by Jennifer L. Hart

Book Review: The Goodnight Kiss by Jennifer L. Hart

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Nic has a full arsenal of weapons that she uses when bringing down her prey.  The deadliest of weapons lies in her kiss for a single lip to skin contact kills a human.  But her gift is also a curse that could harm those she loves.  As secrets rise to the surface and the past is discovered, Nic must turn to Aiden, a mysterious stranger who knows more about her than she herself knows.  He has information and with his help, she opens the door to a whole new world where magic is like breathing and the impossible becomes reality if one is willing to pay the ultimate price.  But once the door is open there is no going back.  Ever.  I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This book’s publishing date was May 1st.

The Goodnight Kiss was an outstanding tale filled with Norse legends, faeries, giants, a wolf, and a girl whose kiss has the power to kill.  From the very first line, the book held me in its thrall and I simply could not put it down.  The world building was stunning with its portrayal of the fae alongside Norse mythology.  The characters that inhabited the world were just as phenomenal and I found myself thirsting to know more about them.

The main character, Nic was awesome in her audacity and empathy.  From the beginning, I was intrigued by her need to kill the wicked and I only grew more invested in her character when I found out she was the Unseelie queen and that she had a history with Aiden, the mysterious boy who began tailing her and seemed to know more about her than she herself did.  Related imageTheir history was something of great interest to me and yet the book revealed little about their past lives.  What was revealed was gloomy and filled with deceit.  However, it was wonderful to compare the current Nic with who she had been when she was queen.  She changed and found empathy and love in her current life that she never managed to obtain in her past life.

Nic’s remarkable character was offset by Aiden who was her consort in her past life.  He had a frightful childhood when he was forced to kill his brother and then was physically abused for some indeterminate time by a human.  He fell for Nic immediately but she betrayed his trust when she forced his hand in an important matter.  She then died and he resurrected her into her present life where she was raised by the fates.  His character learned how to love again and accept the fact that he was Loki’s son.  His hurt and loyal character offset Nic perfectly and their adventures together were incredibly fun to read about.

Image result for perfect gifBesides the characters who were each prodigiously unique the creative world building was compelling.  The faeries with their Unseelie and Seelie courts are always interesting to read about and I loved the author’s interpretation of the courts and the fae within them.  Combine that with Norse mythology and you have an explosively enthralling world.  I loved it for I could read about Loki’s children along with the volatile and dark world of the fae.  The combination enhanced one another and made for an idiosyncratic world.

All in all, I completely adored The Goodnight Kiss and cannot wait for the second book.  I would highly recommend this story as a must read for all book lovers into mythology, the fae, and a girl whose kiss is as deadly as the past.

Book Review: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Book Review: Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

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Shalia plans to marry for peace even if she’s never met her husband to be.  When she meets him she hopes for happiness and love but within days of their marriage small truths begin to rise to the surface and Shalia finds herself married to a man intent upon wiping Elementae from the world.  The issue though is that she is one herself.  As her powers rise Shalia begins to uncover the truth of her husband while trying to change him even as he sets out to kill her kind, her brother, and perhaps even her leaving Shalia with three choices.  To save her family, the Elementae, or herself.

Reign the Earth was a truly heart-wrenching tale that demonstrated the power that love has over hate.  The characters were phenomenal and the character growth was outstanding.  The universe that the characters inhabited was stunningly created and I loved reading yet another tale that tells of elemental powers.  I could not put Reign the Earth down and despite a few disappointments I truly enjoyed the tale.

The main character, Shalia, completely dominated the book with her courage and her unending ability to care about those around her.  However, I did not like her character that much at the beginning of her marriage to the King, Calix.  She did not stand up for herself and although I understood her need to care for Calix despite his wrongdoings I knew he was evil and unworthy of her love.  Then, she got pregnant and it was all dramatic and I wanted to scream.  Despite that, her character growth was amazing as she went from the silent, timid Queen to a woman willing to do anything for change.  By the end of the book, we saw her silenced and broken by her husband but she rose from the ashes and knew love again.  In the end, I adored her character and would not change even the beginning where she was unwilling to fully step up to challenging her husband because it served a purpose and grew her character better than anything else possibly could have.

Image result for you're wonderful gifCalix was a terrifying villain.  His mind was twisted and warped in ways beyond imagining.  He ruled by fear and from the beginning, I could see what a horrible man he was.  He believed Elementae to be the reason for his pain and he refused to take blame for anything.  Instead, he blamed his actions on others which was childlike but combine that with being “a god incarnate” and others suffered at the smallest slights.  He revealed his dark mind with his cruel punishments but there were times when it seemed that he was good and kind.  However, that was fully blown out of the water when he killed Shalia’s family and tortured her by using others pain.  I always despised his character but he was the perfect villain for this book.

The love interest in Reign the Earth and Calix’s brother was Galen whose character was greatly undiscovered.  He was a major side character for the first half of the book even though I predicted from page fifty that he and Shalia would end up together.  Towards the end of the tale, we began to see his character emerge as a brave man who had done what he believed was right even if it was betraying his brother.  I will admit that I did not see it coming that he was the secret leader of the rebellion but I was thrilled by that minor plot twist.  I still want to know more about him, though.  Image result for i want more info gifWe saw Shalia and Calix’s characters and we thoroughly explored their minds and actions but we saw so little of Galen and I was saddened by that since Shalia ends up technically cheating on her husband with him.  It is a technicality though since her husband tried to kill and torture her but still there was no official divorce announced.  I knew little of Galen but I still enjoyed his character as an exemplary love interest.

Besides the characters the world building was creative and I loved reading about the elemental powers once again but in yet another interpretation.  The palaces and the idea of the three-faced god were intriguing and added detail and description to the story.

Overall the tale was well told and I truly enjoyed the book.  I would definitely recommend it but will state that I prefer A.C. Gaughens other series, Scarlet which is amazing!

Book Review: Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood

Book Review: Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood

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Sally Horner steals a fifty cent notebook in the hopes of fitting in of being accepted.  What she doesn’t realize is that she is being watched by 52-year-old Frank LaSalle who only recently left prison.  When he accosts her outside the store he tells her that he is an FBI agent and that she is in serious trouble for stealing.  He convinces her that the only way out of trouble is for her to do everything that he says.

Throughout the next chapters, the book traces the harrowing two years that Sally Horner spends as a captive to Frank LaSalle, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.  I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The book’s publishing date is August 7th.

Rust and Stardust is one of the most heart-rending books I have ever read.  The tale was tragically thought inducing and the book brought to life the very real horrors that the world contains.  It conveyed a swirling mix of emotions that left the reader disconsolate yet sadly hopeful.  From the first lines, I was thrown into the tale of a girl who was kidnapped and the repercussions it had on her and her family.

The main characters were the bearers of the tale and the emotions and experiences they went through were poignantly expressed throughout the book.  The reader saw glimpses into Sally Horner’s mind along with her mothers, sisters, her brother in law, and the other characters who interacted with Sally.  We saw their pain, desperation, and hope.

Sally was but a girl who unwittingly believed the lies of an evil man.  Through fear and lies, he managed to hold her captive and abuse her physically and mentally.  It was tragic to see the world through her eyes. Image result for it's so sad yet so hopeful gif To see her fear and also her hope along with small stolen moments of freedom and joy.  After her kidnapping, she manages to move on and it was a wonderful thing to read about Sally’s quiet strength throughout the book.  By the end, I was in tears but I was also lifted by the end of the book which showed that there is always hope in the bleakest of moments.

Along with Sally, we managed to glimpse into her family’s life and how they each coped with her kidnapping and death a couple of years later.  Her mother was a woman whose body had turned against her.  She bore the weight of losing a husband to suicide along with the guilt of practically handing her daughter over to her kidnapper.  Her despair of ever seeing her daughter again was woeful to read about and my heart ached for her.  Sally’s sister and brother in law were intriguing to read about.  Image result for hope gifWe saw her brother in laws determination to find her and help his wife forgive her mother.  And we saw Sally’s sister bear the pain determinedly never giving up hope on her sister.  Her family’s pain was plaintive yet by the end they had accepted and hoped in the luminous gaze of the stars.

The characters and their lives drew me in and I became completely intrigued by the real-life story that the book is based on.  I have always been interested to learn about crimes committed throughout the labyrinthine maze of history and this story was no different.  I have done some research into Sally Horner’s story to further figure how much of Rust and Stardust was fiction and I found that the book followed Sally Horner’s story accurately with some side characters fictionally based.  Furthermore a lot of Sally’s interactions with her kidnapper, Frank La Salle were fictitious but most of the basic concepts of his lies and where they went were truthful.  At the end of the book, Sally dies two years after her ordeal in a car accident.  I was dispirited to read this and yet the true sadness lies in the fact that it is true.  Sally Horner died at the age of fifteen on August 18, 1952.  Below is a picture of Sally during her kidnapping alongside an image of Frank LaSalle.

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Overall I loved the book even if the cover was deceiving in the fact that I wasn’t expecting the book to be as dark, heart-wrenching, and completely true as it turned out to be. Despite that, I would highly recommend this book.  It is a must read and I totally give the tale five stars.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Somewhat Scandalous by Pearl Darling

Book Review: Somewhat Scandalous by Pearl Darling

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Miss Agatha is finally free of her grandfather which means she finally gets to let her scientific inhibitions free.  But when she is saved by Henry Anglethorpe who wants her as a companion for his sister he doesn’t want any scandal attached to his name.  He is a spy and a new menace threatens England.  The war office asks him to find a bride to make it easier to gather information and he finds he only has one lady in mind.  But as he chases his bride to be from one event to another he finds that she has other things on her mind and that she may not be who she claimed to be.  As secrets continue to reach the French Henry must find the one responsible while trying to obtain the woman he loves.

This book is definitely not a favorite of mine.  I enjoyed parts of it but sometimes I just wanted to throw the book across the room.  I have several reasons for this.  First and foremost I hated how the book had three instances where the book jumped ahead by at least a year or more.  The first time it happened was after the prologue which is understandable because it was a scene from the past that was important to the rest of the book.  The next two times felt unnecessary and overly long.  The two main characters were trying to distance themselves from one another despite the feelings they felt for each other.  So, what do they do?  They go off and live separate boring lives to the point where we have to skip three years into the future before anything interesting happens.  The chapters surrounding the jumps in time were boring and I would have preferred that they just get it over with.

Image result for annoying gifSecondly, Agatha, the main character, lost all of her drive and character after the first one-fourth of the book.  In the first part, she was smart, brave, and willing to be slightly scandalous.  She experimented scientifically and brought her friend, Victoria out of her melancholy.  Then after she leaves and the three years have past Agatha restricts her scientific pursuits.  I understand that this was supposed to increase and show character growth but it annoyed me to see her character in such mournful straits.  However, by the end of the tale, I could once again see the Agatha I had met at the beginning of the book.

I did like the mystery though.  I spent most of the book trying to figure out who Monsieur Herr was myself.  I did manage to figure it out a couple chapters before the characters did.  Well, I knew it was Lady Guthrie but I did not suspect that Monique was her cousin.  I knew Monique was involved I just didn’t know how.  I think the mystery was what really made the book interesting.  Without it, the book would have been blah because the romance part was only okay.

This book was not the best.  I would suggest reading other books before seeking this one out.

 

Book Review: The Countess by Lynsay Sands

Book Review: The Countess by Lynsay Sands

Image result for the countess by lynsay sandsChristiana did not get her happily ever after in marriage.  That is until her husband suddenly drops dead.  Christiana is tired of living under her husband’s thumb and she is glad to be free of him and does not want to mourn.  Besides her sisters have to find husbands and going into mourning would postpone that.  So, Christiana decides to put her husband on the ice and continue with her life.

That is until the real earl appears.  Richard Fairgrave wants to confront his lying traitorous twin brother who ordered him dead over a year ago.  However, he arrives to find that he is supposedly married and his brother is dead.  To avoid scandal he decides to simply step into his brother’s life.  But what he doesn’t expect is a maddening desire for his brother’s wife who could be a murderess.  Now Christiana must deal with an unwanted husband and what he means to her all before the ice melts.

The Countess was a wonderful action-packed romance full of mistaken identity, murder, and blackmail.  The romance was sweet and the characters were truly meant for each other.  The action was mysterious and thrilling.  Overall they complimented each other to form a wonderful tale with just enough romance and action to make it an excellent historical romance.  The characters were entertaining and real.  I truly adored this book and have decided that it is definitely one of the better romances that I have read.

The characters contributed vastly to my entertainment of the tale.  Their character growth was evident especially for the main character, Christiana.  Christiana was meek at the beginning with her first husband, George.  He controlled her and maligned her confidence. Image result for i live mushu gif After he died, though, we began to see her real fiery character that had been suppressed since her marriage to George.  She turned out to be brave, intelligent, and not at all proper.  She barely batted an eye at handling George’s dead body.  It was intriguing to watch her come out of the shell and misgivings that she had formed and become her old self once again.  The author really grew this character and we, the reader enjoyed watching Christiana grow and relearn how to live again.

Her second husband Richard was a wonderful counterpart character who I loved watching fall in love with Christiana.  Richard was sweet, kind, and polite.  He was the opposite of George.  He did not try to suppress Christiana’s true character and he worried over the scandal he could create for her and her sister’s.  He was hurt by his brother but he was willing to try to change what his brother had done.  There was less character growth shown by him except for falling in love.  Despite less investment in his character growth by the author I still adored his character and knew him to be perfect for Christiana for he would show her the proper respect and love that she deserved.

Image result for it has it all gifBesides the romance between the two main characters, there was plenty of action.  Some romance books lack this but The Countess was invested into murder, blackmail, and the hiding and carting around of bodies.  The confusion between brothers was also funny and added a twist to the tale.  I loved the action for it made the book more interesting and riveting.  It only added to the romance and my growing regard for this book.

The side characters were also stunning.  There was a side romance between Christiana’s sister and Richard’s friend which made the tale slightly more scandalous.  Both of Christian’s sisters added a great deal of support to the tale along with Richard’s friends, Daniel and Robert.  They enacted interesting conversations and funny moments.  The side characters wholly supported Richard and Christiana while adding their own voices to the story.  They just made the book all the more fascinating.

The Countess was a truly enchanting tale that I would highly recommend reading.

Book Review: Shunned No More by Christina McKnight

Book Review: Shunned No More by Christina McKnight

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Lady Viola Oberbrook is hiding from the past. A past where two brothers lives were taken because of her selfishness.  She now lives in the country running a business with a few trusted friends.  She has no plans to return to London until the past confronts her head on.

Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham, just returned to England from war with plans to renovate his estate, find a wife and seek vengeance on the one woman who destroyed his family.  But his plans change when he falls for the woman who should never be apart of his life.

This book was stunning.  I loved the romance, the backstories, and the characters.  The two main characters Viola and Brock were a wonderful match for each other for they each had vibrant yet haunted characters.  Viola was brave yet constantly feeling guilty.  She strove to change and to never be the same girl as she was in her youth.  She ran a horse stable despite the fact that in the times most ladies did not run any sort of business.  Brock was haunted by his past and his family unwilling to let it rest.  He was ungracious at times but it was easy to understand why.  In the end, they both forgave each other and let the future take over instead of dallying on the past.

The romance between the two characters, however, was a little rough and underdeveloped.  The book spent most of the time focusing on the characters trying to get past their emotional pains but the relationship between the two main characters stuttered.  I think that the romance could have been less instantaneous for it seemed to just happen in the last two chapters of the book.  Related imageThere were hints throughout the book that Brock and Viola had feelings for each other and there was even a kiss but it was not generally acknowledged by the characters.  It wasn’t a bad romance and they were a good pair but their romance just seemed too quick.

The backstories were phenomenal.  The main characters and even the side characters each had their own pains and character development.  I loved the changes that the events in the book brought about in the characters, especially for Viola.  During the Prologue, I hated Viola because she was arrogant, selfish, stupid, and uncaring.  I almost stopped reading there because I couldn’t stand her character.  However, I was glad that I stuck that one chapter out for the Viola we met in the next chapters was much changed.  She continued to learn and grow from each mistake she made and Brock did the same which made the book all the better because the reader could easily witness the character development enacted.

Overall I adored this book and would recommend it as an excellent example of its genre.

Book Review: Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

Book Review: Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

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Lucy Waltham is trying to get one man to the altar.  In need of practice in her seductive whiles and sweet kisses, she turns to her brother’s friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall who is as cold as ice.  As she sets up dozens of ways to seduce the man she loves to her side her kisses spark a deadly passion that could turn into a blazing fire at a mere spark.

Jeremy keeps a safe distance from emotions and Lucy who displays every emotion for the world to see.  But that changes with his need to save Lucy from certain heartbreak. Their sensual battle of wills is as forbidden as it is delicious and the closer Jeremy gets to taming his temptress… the nearer he comes to losing all control.

This book, simply put, was phenomenal.  The voice, the characters, the style, I loved all of it.  I was unable to put the book down and I continued to read it late into the night.  What I completely adored about the book and what really made up the entirety of the book was the characters.

Lucy was a wonderful character.  She preferred fishing and riding over sewing and she grew up traipsing through the woods with her brother and his friends.  She was an unrefined lady which made the book all the more entertaining.  What I truly liked about her was her passion.  Once she set her mind to something she saw it through.  I was slightly annoyed with her at the beginning of the book what with her constant planning to ensnare Toby.  It was made all the more galling by the fact that I knew he cared for her little beyond brotherly love.  Furthermore, Lucy refused to bend to her husband’s will and she accepted every dare placed before her.  Below her wild surface, she was sweet, brave, and unwilling to give up on others.  I adored her character because she was a bit of hoyden with unbending values and loyalty.

Her counterpart in this tale, Jeremy was a man hiding behind a cold facade and burying his emotions to forget the pain of his childhood.  His reluctance to reveal that part of himself to anyone added such sweet appeal to his character because it was a truly fantastic moment when we the reader were told about his past.  He was coarse at times but he was denying the fact that he loved Lucy and needed her while telling himself that Lucy could never feel the same.  I loved reading about Jeremy’s return to feeling again and I adored digging underneath the cold as ice countenance he had held onto for so long.

Image result for ahh sigh gifThe romance was truly stupendous.  Their attraction to each other at first was hard to conceive of, at least for Lily because she was determined that she was in love with another man.  It seemed for a while that Jeremy was the one truly falling while Lily attempted to be unfazed by their kisses.  After their marriage, however, Lily seemed to realize that she was falling for her handsome husband.  I noticed that Jeremy’s feelings kept growing for Lily but he denied it to himself and her for most of the book. In the end, the romance was powerful and sweet despite the obstacles in their path.

Since the book was built around the romance their is little else to say about the plot of the book besides the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Lily’s antics in her desperate bid to capture the love of Toby.  The side characters were entertaining and I loved Sophia who simply wanted love.

In whole, The Goddess Hunt was a prodigious tale that I would highly recommend.

 

Book Review: The Robber Bride by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Book Review: The Robber Bride by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Image result for The Robber Bride by  Jerrica Knight-CataniaVictoria knew she needed to enact change in the world when she saw a poor girl on the streets.  So, she robbed the rich and gave all of the money to those who needed it more than the haughty aristocrats.  Her friend Phineas Dartwell, Earl of Leyburn suspects that Victoria is hiding something.  He wishes that Victoria would confide him but she refuses and he severs their friendship because of a wounded pride and an injured heart.  But when Victoria’s activities are brought to life, Phineas will do anything to see that his friend and perhaps future wife be acquitted of the charges.

The Robber Bride was a wonderful tale that I truly enjoyed.  I adored the main character who cared about those more unfortunate than her.  Indeed, she stole from the rich and gave to the poor much like Robin Hood but she did it all alone and almost no one knew of her illegal activities.  She cared about everyone even though she was a part of the peerage.  I loved how she was not afraid to back down even if her impetuousness sometimes got her into trouble.  Her friend, Fin was quite a wonderful gentleman who loved painting and cared dearly about Victoria and her brother.  It was hard not to like his character.  I was further endeared to Fin when he adopted Sally even though she was from the streets.

Image result for it was perfect gifBesides the fascinating characters, I liked how the book did not completely focus on the romance.  In fact, the romance seemed to be a major side note.   The two main characters were in fact friends for the entirety of the book.  There were a couple kisses thrown in but it wasn’t until the very end of the book that the romance blossoming between Victoria and Fin finally came to a head with a proposal of marriage and a declaration of love.  This contributed to my enjoyment of the book for some books can become tedious and dramatic when they focus completely on the romance and add little action to spice the book up.

I would recommend this book especially to those who enjoy a romance with a lot of action.  In the case of this book a little action of a lady highwayman who steals from her peers to give to those who have less than she.

 

Author Highlights Seven

Shannon Hale 1 (1)Here is the second Author Highlights I promised for the month of June.  Finally, I will be caught up with this post.  It only took a few months but here we are.  This means that we are in the seventh month of me doing this post.  It’s been over half a year which is weird since it seriously seems like yesterday when I started this blog.  I know I say that a lot but it’s true.  Anyways let’s get this post started.  The author of today is…..

Shannon Hale

Image result for Shannon HaleShannon Hale has written over thirty books.  Several are individual books while other are part of a series.  She is most known for her Princess Academy Series.

I have read the Princess Academy series, The Goose Girl,  and the Book of a Thousand Days.  I loved each of these stories and I still treasure them despite the fact that the books are for a younger audience.

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year’s time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king’s ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

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Image result for The Goose GirlAnidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s incredible stories and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt’s strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become a queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must understand her own incredible talents before she can overcome those who wish her harm.

Image result for Book of a Thousand DaysWhen Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years because of Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. With the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors–one welcome, the other decidedly less so–the girls are confronted with both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

For more information on the author visit her website at http://www.shannonhale.com/.

 

 

Book Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Book Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

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Minnie is shy and timid, a common wallflower.  That is how she wants to be seen to escape from the scandal of her past.  A past that caused her to change her name and hide her nature.  However, her facade is soon threatened when the Duke of Clermont comes to town.  He is immediately drawn to the seemingly inane Minnie but he soon realizes she is not all that she attempts to appear to be.  He tries to uncover her secrets even as she searches for his.  But this women may prove to be more than his match…..

This book was an intriguingly simple tale of a Duke and girl who suffered scandal at the young age of twelve.  I adored the book especially the characters.  The main character Minnie hid behind a timid facade that I enjoyed uncovering throughout the course of the book. However, I was occasionally annoyed by her inaction and unwillingness to let herself go. Robert, the Duke, was sweet, likable, and kind.  He had a horrible childhood and he struggled to find peace with his mom.  I was endeared to him because he was a sweet talker.  Furthermore, he was concerned for the working class and wished for the peerage to be abolished even though he ranked highly among it. Minnie and Robert were two wonderful main characters whose adventure I loved to read about.

Image result for yes gifBeyond the characters, the premise of the story which took place in Regency England was quite like many other English historical romance books.  A girl was looking for a husband but she was not all that she seemed and then she met an unattainable man.  However, I enjoyed how the book mentioned the works being done for the poor and those who worked in factories.  It spent a portion of the book focusing on the rights of the middle class and lower classes and how the peerage of the time could have helped and how some did.  In the case of the book stirring pamphlets were written by the Duke.

The backstory continued to add appeal to the book for Minnie had been a world-renowned chess player.  I myself have always enjoyed chess and it was fun to read about a young girl who could beat grown men at the game.  The book also applied chess to Minnie’s character by constantly showing how she weighed each move she made like life was one big chess game.

The Duchess War was a fun and easy read.  I would recommend this book to those in need of a sweet story with lovable characters. I truly enjoyed this book and if you read it I know you will too.

 

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