Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: August 3, 2020
Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.
Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection.
Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
This book was unique from the regency romances I typically read because it dealt with real royals from a real country. Usually a book might reference Prinny from a distance but this book showed interactions with him as well as the King and Queen of England. Much of the book took place within the various royals’ homes. It dealt with actual historical people and events. And that got me interested in the actual history. I had to read about what the princess died from and what caused the king’s madness. While doing that I read points that showed elements of the writing that were taken from history. I might have wondered why the author stuck in some of the behavioral things of the King or Queen but found they were based in historical fact. So that was interesting for me. I also had no idea how things worked with a Lady in Waiting so that was interesting too.
I liked the main characters. It was kind of insta-love for them. And I was amazed at their ease in deciding to do what was best for their families and countries instead of wanting to do what would make them happy.
Violence: brief Navy confrontation