This story touched my heard. Made me laugh out loud and cry many times. Not many authors touch me like this one has. The performance was wonderful as well.❤️
Great story but the heroine drove me a bit nuts with how flighty she was. I suppose it fits with her age. Other than that wonderful story.
I bought this book for myself for Christmas based solely on the upbeat buzz about it at Deseret Book. Yesterday I picked it up, ready to read and I've squeezed reading into every nook and cranny of my day that I could. I did not want to put this down! I'll agree with other readers who note that on occasion the pace slows considerably. Yes there are frustrations with Amanda's hot headedness and rash decision making. Huge irritation with the lack of accurate use of titles throughout this book. Last names & titles would always be used, especially in public and always with those you were not acquainted with. Many times the gentry would be addressed with their title, even by family. There was a missed opportunity in which propriety would have allowed them to use first names. Glaringly absent from the story. Sometimes the use of names it's done correctly, but mostly Lord or Lady is used and then the first name. Ugh, I can't abide it in a historical when something that big is missed.
All that aside, this proved to be an engaging story based around the true events of 'The Peterloo Massacre'. I am grateful the author states in her notes that Manchester is nowhere near London, in which they seemingly can get to in minutes, yet driving it today is at least a 3/4 hour drive. License is taken in other areas too, but those are also explained. I generally just don't enjoy when real life events are the sole focus of a fiction story. I much prefer it to be all fictional. The author is not tied then to keep up with facts and there is no way to predict the endings. I would hedge a bet though that most readers who pick up this book will not be familiar with its topic and events that surround it.
I enjoyed Nathaniel & Amanda's characters. Their playful behaviour was enough to distract from the true nature of their work, and getting a glimpse of their real personalities was fun to read. As the story progresses the romance does take a back seat to the serious issues being portrayed here. There are parts that are not for the faint hearted. Revolution? Count me in!
Charlie & Molly are essential supporting characters, with many others added along the way. Even the moody and angry Jack Bender adds to the broad spectrum of perspective we are given by the author.
I actually like the cover. It's in keeping with the literature of this day, and has a classical feel to it. My favourite part, aesthetically speaking, is the gorgeous artwork of the sparrows inside preceding each new chapter. Ebook readers get to enjoy a large somewhat harsh graphic ;) The paperback version, just beautiful.
*I also received a complimentary eARC copy of the book from Netgalley. This is my honest review.
I found myself pulled into the story and placing Jen Johnson on my favourite authors list. However, as the tale began to wind up it became a sermon on freedom and the novel fell flat (my opinion). I love to read fiction interwoven with heroic characters, but I don’t prefer sermons; I’ll read Conference talks or self-help non-fiction for that. I give Jen a four-star review for her fine writing skill.
I've long enjoyed reading Regency historical fiction, especially romances (clean ones that is). But like many genres, sometimes they start to all sound the same. I'm happy to say though that this one is different. Not that there isn't plenty of romance, which there is, and not that the character's aren't a little too good to be true (as they usually are), but in the circumstances that Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel choose to involve themselves in. Coming from nobility both Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel have grown up surrounded by the luxuries of life. And yet their experiences take them into the cause of freedom for those of the lower classes. But most of the rest of the aristocracy doesn't look on such efforts with favor and so the two must, for their own safety, hide their efforts.
So while attraction between the two is alive from the time they meet, they do not at first trust each other with their secret work. This creates tension and confusion, especially on the part of Lady Amanda. I enjoyed reading about Amanda and Nathaniel, but I especially appreciated the historical background about a real event, a rather shocking, horrifying event that the characters experience. An event that I had never heard of before reading this book. And that is what makes this book especially good, learning about the past while enjoying the characters and the plot.
I really liked this book. I liked the plot, the characters, and I really liked that it was based on events that actually happened. That made the whole thing even more real to me.
There were parts of this one that were a bit hard, not really hard to follow or understand, but the situation or how things really would have been were a bit hard or maybe harsh. The way that Charlie was treated when he was discovered with Amanda made me sad, yet I know that's how things really would have been. I loved Charlie, I loved his kindness and how hard he was willing to work to try to get what he wanted. I loved how he gave up everything he ever wanted in the end.
I loved Amanda. I loved the way she was willing to work as well, even though she would have been cast out from society for some of the things she did. She even put her life in danger several times for those who would have been seen as below her station. I loved that she didn't care about those things.
Then there was Nathaniel. I loved the way the reader knows things about the characters that neither knows about the other, until way late in the plot. That made the story have even more depth to it. I liked the way Nathaniel seemed one way to Amanda, but he was really completely the opposite. I liked that you see at least some of the story through his eyes.
I liked that there was a crazy villain in this one! I liked that you even got to see some of what he was thinking and why he did some of the things he did. It's not often there's an actual villain in novels anymore and I thought it made this one really fun!
This book was so great! Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down!
This was a really good read. It was a reminder of the sacrafices people are willing to make for things they truly believe it. It shows what how one person can make a difference. The relationship between Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel is fun to see develop and how they learn to trust each other. It's an amazing story that anyone would love.