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 ...
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! Praise for THE SEASON: "[T]he novel is grounded in both historical context . . . and historical detail . . . which set the scene convincingly. MacLean's lively character . . . provide a fun and unrestrained take on a buttoned-up era, and readers who choose to give themselves up to the tale will enjoy it." --KIRKUS REVIEWS "Clever conversation in the spirit of Jane Austen makes this quite a page turner." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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MacLean plays a little fast and loose with historical details. It's obvious she's very well-versed in the Regency time period, substituting workable modern phrases or descriptions for esoteric terms without getting in the way of the flow of prose. But, she seems to be using the era as a veneer rather than an actual setting. Notice how the girls on the front cover actually look terribly modern, like they're about to go to prom rather than to Almacks? Yeah, the whole book is kinda like that, a high school senior prom story in fancy historical dress.
MacLean does a good job of giving her characters individual voice, and the plot develops like any good historical romance. But the mystery is pretty superficial, book-ending the real plot without disturbing the characters or causing the reader any alarm.
Overall, a fun read, light and breezily romantic. Not heavy on all the historical accuracies, but I'm kind of a Regency snob so fell free to take that with a grain of salt.
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