Saturday, August 21, 2010
I must confess a weakness for anything Jane Austen. So when I saw the Publisher’s Weekly review for this book contained the magic words “in the spirit of Jane Austen,” I immediately grabbed a copy and jumped in. I was not disappointed.
Summary: Alex, otherwise known as Lady Alexandra Stafford, is not looking forward to her first official London season – in fact, she loathes the idea. Her strong opinions and adventurous spirit are not proper accessories for a young lady just entering the marriage market of the London aristocracy. Her mother, however, is determined to see her married off to someone wealthy, respectable and, Alex is sure, terminally boring.
Alex quickly finds herself the center of attention – there is no lack of possible suitors that her mother finds satisfying. From the roguish Lord Stanhope to Lord Blackmoor, who has been raised almost as a brother to Alex, she finds herself in a variety of awkward situations and amidst petty jealousies.
The season turns out to be much more exciting than Alex hopes for as she drags her best friends Ella and Vivi into a mystery that involves one of her oldest friends. Murder, espionage, and a healthy dose of romance make this a fun read. The quick twists and turns will make it a book you’ll want to read over to see what you missed the first run through.
Grades 6 and up
Areas of concern (content):
Foul Language: none
Nudity/Adult Content: none