Thursday, May 13, 2010

Review: The Season by Sarah MacLean

The Season
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publication: Orchard Books (June 1, 2010)

Description: Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued -- in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!

My Thoughts: This was a refreshing Regency romance. It was also a story of friendship. The relationship of the three girls - Alex, Vivi, and Ella - was a key part of the book. The three girls are taking on their first season and being presented to society. None of them are particularly eager to marry. Vivi is looking for The One. Ella would prefer writing novels. Alex just finds the whole thing uninteresting. She doesn't want to hide her intelligence and sense of humor just to find a husband.

Our hero is Gavin, Lord Blackmoor. He is a childhood friend of Alex and her three older brothers. He has recently suffered the unexpected loss of his father and has difficulty believing that the death was an accident. He has been away at the family estate but is back in London for the Season. Alex sees him with new eyes. He has matured and is fascinating to her. It is wonderful to watch their relationship go from childhood friends to sweethearts.

The girls become involved in trying to figure out if Gavin's father's death was an accident. This is a turbulent time in England. Napoleon is loose in Europe and French spies are common. There are also English traitors too.

This was a very pleasant romantic mystery. I recommend it to lovers of romance and lovers of historical fiction.

Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge, 2010 YA Reading Challenge

 

2 comments:

  1. Ohh! I just got this book from the book fair and have been dying to read it. It kind of reminds me of the Luxe series. It definitely sounds like a fun read. Great review!

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  2. I'm not into historical fiction but this sounds interesting. I may have to check it out.

    I found you through the Saturday Network. Have a great weekend!

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