I’ve just finished with my review copy of Lisa Klepyas’ Brown-Eyed Girl, and it’s so nice to get back to a favourite author and realise just how good they are.
Lisa Kleypas is more or less the author who made me fall in love with historical romance (I read plenty of historical fiction, many with romantic themes, before that).
Now Kleypas has this contemporary romance about to be released, and she is returning to historical romance for the first time in years.
It’s a good time to be a Lisa Kleypas fan!
Brown-Eyed Girl is a wonderful book, and even though it’s the fourth in the series it’s a perfect standalone. I’ve not read the others yet, and so am surprised that people are saying they’re better, because this is easily one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read since New Adult turned the genre into a mess of misogyny and melodrama.
As for her new historical series? I’d say you should read this recent interview with her. It’s short, but interesting. Kleypas writes Victorian romances, no matter how many times readers try to say they’re set in the Regency era. And this new series is set even later in the Victorian era, it seems, which will be interesting.
However, my absolute favourite thing I’ve discovered from the interview is this:
I’d read a lot of recent historicals in the past five years and I didn’t see as much historical detail as I typically write so… …That is part of the joy of writing it for me. I didn’t want to write a contemporary with long dresses!
If only more historical authors thought the way Kleypas did!