While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a facade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton—and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other's hearts.
While their crusade for London's poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2017|
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.