Wednesday, August 21, 2013
BOOK REVIEW: Miss Grimsley's Oxford Career by Carla Kelly
ABOUT THE BOOK
Beautiful and brilliant, Miss Ellen Grimsley considers it a scandal that she cannot attend Oxford simply because she's female, while a dashing dunderhead like her older brother, Gordon, is perfectly free to pursue the education of her dreams. That's why Miss Grimsley sees nothing wrong with donning her brother's robes to do his work for him--even though she knows that society would reel in shock at the merest hint of such a notion.
But an even great scandal looms for this unconventional heroine when a charming Shakespearean scholar learns her secret. Now she's in for some lessons in an entirely different subject--love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the characters, the plot, and the themes. Jim and Ellen were my favorite parts, their interactions were quite entertaining. Both of them have dreams that are beyond what their families and society plan for them. I sympathized with them, especially Ellen. Ellen is feisty and intelligent and very determined while Jim is untidy, studious, and surprisingly hard to discourage. Ellen's family provides some interesting twists to the story, especially when Ellen's brother, Gordon, who is attending Oxford, asks Ellen to help him with his Shakespeare papers. There is also Ellen's dressing as a man, duels, weddings, and lots of sucking up. With plenty of humor and period details, I can highly recommend this one to readers who enjoy clean regency romance. One of my all time favorites.