This is a story about love, friendship and mystery. This is “THE SEASON” for Alexandra Stafford and her best friends, Ella and Vivi. They will be pres...moreThis is a story about love, friendship and mystery. This is “THE SEASON” for Alexandra Stafford and her best friends, Ella and Vivi. They will be presented to Regency London although they could care less about being proper Regency ladies. Alexandra gains the attention of several candidates at her debut and finds herself drawn to long childhood friend Gavin, Earl of Blackmoor. Just as her season kicks off, Alex stumbles upon some criminating evidence that points to foul play in the unexpected death of Gavin’s father. Soon Alex and friends find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous web in hopes of uncovering the truth of what happened to the late Earl of Blackmoor.
Sarah MacLean’s debut novel is attention-grabbing! I had a hard time putting this one down. The setting is woven perfectly and all of the details surrounding the Regency period were magnificently written. I love the characters in this book. Alex is confident and witty and the chemistry she has with Gavin is exceptional. The secondary characters are great especially one Rake by the name of Freddy Stanhope, he is one of my favorite characters in this book.
This book had me feeling all warm and fuzzy. I had the mystery solved, but it was the love story that had me wrapped up in the book. I’ve read a few regency books and I’ve loved every one of them and The Season was no exception. I found myself smiling throughout this whole book. I mean, who can’t resist a good love story!
If you’re looking for a good summer read, pick up this book. I look forward to reading more of Sarah’s novels. Hopefully, we will see more of Alexandra and friends. (less)
Katherine Bab – AKA Kat always knew that she would never marry and she‘s determined to find out who she really is. Grace – Kat’s adoptive mother is ke...moreKatherine Bab – AKA Kat always knew that she would never marry and she‘s determined to find out who she really is. Grace – Kat’s adoptive mother is keeping secrets from her and claims it’s better she not know for it would bring certain misfortune. After Grace passes away, Kat flees to London leaving her child hood friend Christian broken hearted to uncover these secrets for herself.
She’s determined to find information on her birth parents even if it includes lavishing in the luxuries of beautiful stitches and gowns. She’s always dreamed of meeting Queen Elizabeth who has a striking resemblance and temperament as Kat which only brings the question: Is the Queen Kat’s birth mother?
While at court, Kat catches the eyes of two other men who may or may not have their own agenda for winning her heart. Grace has always warned Kat to stay away from Queen Elizabeth and to be wary of wolves at the Queen’s Court.
Will finding these answers doom her to a life she does not want because she doesn’t know her own heart….
This novel is beautifully written, I was fascinated with Katherine’s story and how it tied into Queen Elizabeth’s period. I love the characters in this book. Kat is a strong protagonist and she’s very outspoken which is not what one would expect in her era for a woman. The depiction of Queen Elizabeth is fascinating. I was also intrigued by the inner working of the Queen’s court. I loved the details about the designs and stitch work on the Queen’s gowns. Crowley did an amazing job with the imagery, it was like viewing everything through Kat’s eyes and I relished every minute of it. I wish I could express how outstanding this book is, but I can’t find the words because it is much more than what I’ve written but I don’t want to spoil anything. Find out for yourself!
This is a beautiful story and one that I would definitely read again.(less)
I enjoyed Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Klein and I wondered how she would craft Cate of the Lost Colony into a fictional work of art. Well, I didn’t hav...moreI enjoyed Lady Macbeth's Daughter by Klein and I wondered how she would craft Cate of the Lost Colony into a fictional work of art. Well, I didn’t have to worry because Klein pulled me into another beautifully written work of historical fiction built around events of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. It's astounding to read about some of these historical figures and the mysteries surrounding what actually happened to the Colony. The detail that was put into creating the characters piqued my interest even more as I read about the lives of three protagonists told in alternating viewpoints.
Throughout this book, I continued to wonder if the actual figures were like their fictional work. I was mesmerized by the politics and inner workings of the Queen's court but I was most intrigued with the characters. Cate, full of wonder and questions about the new world finds herself on a dangerous journey of the unknown after falling out of favor with the Queen. Sir Walter Ralegh was an interesting individual. I was always trying to discern his motives whether they were for the Queen's favor, Catherine's affections or just for monetary gain and fame. Manteo, the proud Indian was a delightful character. I enjoyed reading all about his views on his people and the English and how he was always trying to find ways to make peace between the two. Klein did a great job with the characters in this book!
Cate of the Lost Colony is a well crafted novel filled with political intrigue, adventure, and great characters. This book intertwines beautifully with fact and fiction. I think readers of historical fiction will enjoy this book just as much as Klein’s previous books. I look forward to reading more of Klein’s novels. (less)