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A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting: The Sunday Times #3 Bestseller - a swoonworthy regency romance. ‘Will fill the Bridgerton-shaped hole in your life’ Red

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I feel like I read a fair few historical romances where the male lead is either alpha male, or alpha male adjacent, very virile and more than a little obsessed with sex (and occasionally, an objectifier of the female lead), but James was none of that. The novel unravels over a period of weeks where Kitty tries to insert herself into London society where lots of doors may open for her to secure her goal. Kitty’s interactions with Radcliffe sparkled and the sarcasm and irony that dripped from the dialogue was very Austen-esque.

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin - Waterstones A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin - Waterstones

Radcliffe is determined to thwart Kitty’s plans while she will stop at nothing to protect her sisters. She has no choice, she needs to marry rich and she needs to marry quickly and the only way to do that is to go to London and do a Season.I mean obviously you’ve got to be a fan of historical period drama but if you love Bridgerton you will LOVE this, I really admired Kitty’s tenacity, determination and love for her family. The growth of James and Kitty’s relationship feels entirely realistic, entirely natural, and there’s no third act break up. The interaction and dialogue between the two is sparkling, witty but also honest, Radcliffe will help Kitty in her task as long as she leaves his brother alone.

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting | Sophie Irwin A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting | Sophie Irwin

She must find a husband and he must be rich - not only that but there is a deadline before the house is taken away and her sibling are flung into poverty. How much of it is realistic, I have no idea but I thoroughly enjoyed the escapism and indulgence of it. I loved how she slapped down one of the main characters to protect her sister, much to the horror of ‘the ton’.Despite the focused hunt, Kitty is endearing and whilst she has to find a rich husband, there is a glimmer of hope that she might also find love. I loved this witty Regency romance, which had the period detail of a Georgette Heyer mixed with the modern freshness of Bridgerton.

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting - HarperCollins Publishers UK

It’s more on the romcom side of things than a full on romance, lighthearted for the most part, and with a cast of characters you’ll love.

I don't read too many historical romances, but the blurb made the book sound amusing and I was not disappointed with this well written, fun read, which is packed with feisty banter and amusing scheming.

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