Miss Fellingham’s Rebellion, Lynn Messina

Miss Fellingham's Rebellion: A Regency Romance

 

Miss Fellingham’s Rebellion, Lynn Messina
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I’m quite an eclectic reader, I like to mix and match genres to keep my mind fresh. I don’t often delve into a historical but when I’m in the mood something like this – with its gentle, subtle wit appeals.
I love the way in this book Catherine, as a female of the time and limited in what she can do, manages still to make life work for her. Outshined by her younger, prettier sister she’s content to be left alone to her reading, journals, broadsheets, political tracts…When she needs to sort out her mother and mothers friend Lady Arabella’s latest moneymaking scheme she falls foul of their next idea. They agree to stop the selling of commissions thankfully, but have come up with a plan to find Catherine a rich husband, and solve the problem of money that way!
Poor Catherine, she’s not the dainty, pretty empty headed girl most are, but tall, striking and forthright in opinion. Passed over in her season for the “pretties” she’s been given up as a spinster by her family. They’re quite harsh in their criticisms never seeming to think Catherine will be upset, and in fact she does seem to have become inured to it – til she meets the dashing Deverill….Of course she overhears Lady Arabella asking him to flirt with her, as he’s the current leader in Fashion she knows others will follow his lead…After hearing her faults lined up and Deverill saying he needs something to relieve his boredom Catherine determines not to play their game. She gets into some humorous scrapes while rescuing her family from their scheming, and trying to keep herself away from Deverill. Its hard though when he’s the only person she’s been attracted to in a long while, who she can talk to as anther equal, who’s happy to discuss corn laws and the Elgin Marbles with her.
I love the gentle wit and subtle sarcasm in this book, its not “in your face” but added in quietly much as it would have been at the time, when ladies had to watch every word and step, and it was so easy to cause offence and be outcast. Just looking at the wrong person and upsetting them would be cause for being ostracised by everyone.
Its a fun read, I appreciated the humour, loved Catherine’s way of sorting the family problems! If you want a fun, light historical this is your book.
Stars: Four.
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers.

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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