Author: Sarah MacLean
Publication Date: March 1, 2009
About the Book: 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 book. Oh, this book. It's basically all the things I love rolled up in one delightful package. I first read it a couple years ago after purchasing it for my middle school library. The Regency London setting caught my eye and the synopsis drew me in. Let me just take a moment to highlight some of the things I couldn't wait to read more about:
*Regency London (a favorite setting!)
*Strong-willed female main character
*Trio of friends
*"Brooding and devilishly handsom Gavin" (Let's be honest... this is what really caught me!)
*The London season
Clearly this book was made for me! After re-reading it again last night I realized that, yes, I did indeed love it as much as I remembered :)
Alexandra is such a fun main character. I loved that she is the youngest with three very protective older brothers. Their interactions and teasing were just so much fun. I also loved the friendship between Alex, Ella and Vivi. It's nice to see girls who support one another rather than seeing each other as competition (this is especially true in books that take place during a London season!) Of course I cannot forget Gavin! Suddenly Alex is seeing the new Earl of Blackmoor in a different light. I enjoyed seeing how their childhood friendship grew and changed.
Alex and her friends are experiencing their first season "out" among the ton. However, these are not your typical ladies of the day. They have no desire to "land" just any rich and titled husband. The girls long for more. They each have families that have allowed them more freedom than most young ladies of that time period. This comes in handy when they find themselves in the middle of a mystery they long to solve. Adventure draws them in and keeps the story moving at a fast pace.Danger! Intrigue! Romance! Who could ask for more?
Basically you just need to read this book. If you've never read anything set in Regency England The Season is a great introduction. It's a smart and fun read... a great mix of mystery and romance set against the glittering whirlwind of the London season.