Friday 29 July 2016

Book Review: The Georgian Rake by Alice Chetwynd Ley

Title: The Georgian Rake
Author: Alice Chetwynd Ley 
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: 2015 (1977)
Pages: 210
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Two sister’s embark on journey, along a path they had not imagined.

The younger of the sisters, Amanda is rebellious and tempestuous in nature with a daring charm, she will stop at nothing once her interests are sparked; both to her success and detriment.

Whilst Isabella forgets what it is to be young; only blinded by decorum, duty and outright stubbornness.

When Amanda learns that her sister is to marry Charles Barsett, she is horrified — having had first-hand evidence that he was a rake, with a reputation that was positively dangerous.

Such a marriage is unthinkable; though Isabella has had her head completely turned by Charles's title and wealth, regardless of her true feelings.

Amanda is determined to prevent this marriage to a man so unworthy of her sister… she will go to any lengths… stop at nothing… break into his home… enlist others to scheme against him… or even wed the Georgian Rake herself…
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I really liked The Georgian Rake. It was fairly predictable - I worked out how it would end before the midway point - but it was still an enjoyable quick afternoon read and both Amanda and Charles came across well as lead characters. If you are looking for a good historical romp - simple, understated, and easy reading - then this is a good book to choose. Likewise, if you prefer your Georgian gents to have a bit of 'bad boy' in them, then you'll enjoy this tale.

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