I didn’t dislike this one, but I didn’t like it either. While it’s true there’s a comfort in predictability (for example I read all 8 Bridgerton books and loved every second of the formula), I found in this case it took too long to get to the point. Probably not a book I’m going to recommend anyone read in the future, however, it was good enough to finish.
Kitty is, if nothing else, incredibly practical. She isn’t chasing a fortune to change her lifestyle, she’s chasing a fortune to pay off debts and secure her sister’s future after the death of her father. Though an admiral goal, I found it made her approach to everything a little sterile, even though it went hand in hand with the goal of blending in. It also causes her to be blind to the desires of her sisters and those around her.
That being said, when considering the options of a woman during the time period this story makes sense. It makes sense that Kitty’s only option is to attempt to marry rich in order to quickly pay off her family’s debt. It also makes sense that she needs to be single-minded in the goal and crafty at putting herself out there.
One moment in the book I find particularly human is when Kitty takes a second to really think about her actions in comparison to those around her. Is she being kind? Can she achieve her goal while being kind? Does she need to be kind if she’s trying to put the needs of her sisters above all others?
Kitty and Radcliffe protecting each other’s siblings reminded me of Mr. Darcy protecting Elizabeth. I enjoyed that both parties put themselves out there and that both situations could have been avoided if they had been paying closer attention.
It’s hard to believe that I finally finished the Wheel of Time series and have the freedom of not knowing what book to read next. Let’s spend June reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler while I think about whether or not I’m going to start a new fantasy series or reread an old favorite before book 5 comes out.
A dazzling novel that captures all of the romance, glamour, and tragedy of the first flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald.
When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the “ungettable” Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame.
Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner’s, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.