12 May 2022
My thanks to the publishers for my invitation to read this book
The debut of the season
The season is about to begin – and there’s not a minute to lose...
Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. This is 1818 after all, and only men have the privilege of seeking their own riches.
With only twelve weeks until the bailiffs call, launching herself into London society is the only avenue open to her, and Kitty must use every ounce of cunning and ingenuity she possesses to climb the ranks.
The only one to see through her plans is the worldly Lord Radcliffe and he is determined to thwart her at any cost, especially when it comes to his own brother falling for her charms.
Can Kitty secure a fortune and save her sisters from poverty? There is not a day to lose and no one – not even a lord – will stand in her way…
📖 My Review..
Regency novels have long been my guilty pleasure ever since I read my first Georgette Heyer novel way back in my teens, so to have a Regency novel by a debut novelist to look forward too is a real delight.
With her family fortune in dire straits, Kitty Talbot has no option but to seek a marriage with a wealthy man in order to save her younger sisters from a life of penury. With only twelve weeks before the bailiffs take away all their possessions, Kitty, and her younger sister Cecily, set out for London where they take up residence with Aunt Dorothy who launches the sisters into high society but warns Kitty to keep her options open. However, with complete disregard, Kitty quickly targets the rather hapless, but wealthy, Archie de Lacy, a plan which seems to be going well until the arrival of Archie’s older brother,the taciturn, Lord Radcliffe, who seems hellbent on thwarting Kitty’s best laid plans.
What then follows is a delightful Regency style romance which brings to the page all of the constrained notions of polite society in 1818. The historical background feels authentic, there are evenings at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, scintillating soirées and gentle walks in the park to keep the atmosphere alive. Kitty is a feisty heroine and her interaction with Lord Radcliffe adds an interesting dimension to what is, after all, is a sweet and gentle Regency romance.
🍷Best Read with.. a glass of cooling lemonade
A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting is published today by Harper Collins and is availablefrom wherever you buy books.
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