Saturday, 25 February 2017
Lucretia: or The Heiress and the Dandy by Rachel Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In interest of full disclosure, I was asked by Rachel to do a review for her. That having been said, I am very busy with Uni work, working and being a parent, that I have not been accepting anything recently. However, I was impressed by her pitch of the book and decided to fit in into my schedule.
At the time it was also available (and still is at the date of writing this post) available as a free Kindle Unlimited download.
Now to the book ...it was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable. Markedly so, compared to some of the complete rubbish that is turned out by a large proportion of the the US romance writers.
Why? Like a carefully chosen outfit, it provided style and comfort, yet was designed with a sense of restrained style and accomplished design. It wasn't out there smacking people between the eyes, but smoothly gliding along gathering attention.
Essentially, this is a story of young love, with a well matched pair finding themselves and each other along the way. There is an undertone of humour that underpins the author's writing ... a distinctly Georgette Heyer feel, in fact. I would love to see Rachel take this a little further in another book. The world is severely lacking Heyeresque level writing these days.
Production values were very, very high. Quality always stand out above the cheap end of the market and Rachel has managed it with ease.
I only found one error at location Location 750 - 'Naturally, could I bear miss out on your company?'
One highlight for me of phrasing was at Location 121 - 'In the pale evening light, the gardens were gloriously alive with emerald hues and Spring's promise of blooms to come'. What a nice bit of signposting.
The only slight negative is the cover. The quality of the content befits something more put together and stylish.
That having been said, don't judge it on the cover, pick it up and read. You will not be disappointed if you love historical romance that is well written with a funny edge.
I can't wait to see what Rachel writes going forward.
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