Tomorrow is release day for Mary Balogh’s latest book. This is one I am really excited to read. Firstly: the heroine lives in Bath, and the cover is actually accurate!
But more importantly, the heroine appeared in a few scenes of book one in the Westcott series, and she was a little bit of a monster.
Born the daughter of an earl, she was raised to be a snob. However, it turned out that she was illegitimate, and so in the space of a few hours, she lost her title, her lifestyle – and her fiancé.
She was bitter and struggling in the first book, and I cannot wait to see how she is redeemed here. I was actually shocked to discover she was the next heroine in the series.
I become really annoyed with the historical romance crowd when they think a heroine is original and “feminist” when she’s anachronistic and stupid. I want my historical romance to be *historical*! Mary Balogh has come up with a scenario where her heroine is unusual but historically appropriate, and I am much more interested in reading about a snob struggling with her new identity than I am about most Regency books coming out at the moment.