Flirtation and Folly
by Elizabeth Rasche
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing
Series: A Season in London, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance
Marianne Mowbrey is a responsible country rector’s daughter who longs for the novelty and excitement she reads about in novels. When her crusty Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London, Marianne vows to dazzle the world, win a husband, and never go home again. But the Londoners who determine social success are inclined to pass over plain Marianne in favor of her beautiful, reckless younger sister.
In a world of ambition, fashion, flattery, and deceit, how can Marianne stay true to her real self–when she is not even sure what that real self is?
About the Author
After acquiring a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arkansas, Elizabeth Rasche taught philosophy in the U.S. and co-taught English in Japan. Now she and her husband live in northwest Arkansas, the “garden of America.” (At least, she has only ever heard Arkansas called so.) She dreams of visiting Surrey (if only to look for Mrs. Elton’s Maple Grove), Bath, and of course, London. When she has a Jane Austen novel in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a cat on her lap, her day is pretty much perfect.
Elizabeth Rasche is the author of The Birthday Parties of Dragons and her poetry has appeared in Scifaikuest. Flirtation & Folly is her first historical fiction novel.
Sent to spend a Season in London with the more pragmatic of her two aunts, Marianne Mowbray dreams of the smooth transformation from country miss to darling of the ton – just like the heroines from novels her father would not have approved of. But when her social and marital ambitions meet with setbacks and unexpected changes, Marianne begins to develop a better understanding of herself and others as she navigates through her first Season.
Chock full of interesting characters and abounding with allusions to Jane Austen, the author puts each to superb use while creating a heroine that is uniquely her own. Marianne is a delight, her trials and errors touching and amusing by turn, as she looks deeper at the motivations of those around her.
A highly enjoyable read for those who are (or are not yet) fans of Regencies and a debut not to be missed with a relatable heroine, a polished blend of the familiar and original, and deceptively effortless writing.
This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received and read. A positive review was not required and these are only my own, honest opinions.
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