Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: November 1, 2017
While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a façade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton—and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other’s hearts.
While their crusade for London’s poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
I thought this was a thought provoking historical fiction/romance book. Before reading this series I was completely unaware of Peterloo so I learned a great deal about British history. This story gives voice to the poor, and to women, showing how little their voice was heard in that time period. And while we are blessed to be in a more open minded time period the changes that give the freedoms of today came very slowly over decades. Women got the vote long ago but it wasn’t that long ago that women couldn’t have their own credit card. So yeah, changes take time.
A few parts of the story were a little slow perhaps. Or maybe it felt that way because I read the second one first and knew what was going to happen in this one so I felt anxious to move forward. I liked the main characters though I think I liked them better in the second book when Lady Amanda had gained some maturity and Molly was the impetuous one. I found it amusing that Amanda is such a flirt and Lord Nathaniel is considered a rake. It seems like usually only one of the love interests is a big flirt but both play the role very well. And it is a role they play, not their true selves.
I enjoyed the read and even though there is sadness in it there is still hope in the end.
Sex: a little leering