Thursday, November 9, 2017

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Nobleman's Daughter by Jen Geigle Johnson


While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a facade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton—and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other's hearts.

While their crusade for London's poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.


I've long enjoyed reading Regency historical fiction, especially romances (clean ones that is).  But like many genres, sometimes they start to all sound the same.  I'm happy to say though that this one is different.  Not that there isn't plenty of romance, which there is, and not that the character's aren't a little too good to be true (as they usually are), but in the circumstances that Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel choose to involve themselves in.  Coming from nobility both Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel have grown up surrounded by the luxuries of life.  And yet their experiences take them into the cause of freedom for those of the lower classes.  But most of the rest of the aristocracy doesn't look on such efforts with favor and so the two must, for their own safety, hide their efforts.

So while attraction between the two is alive from the time they meet, they do not at first trust each other with their secret work.  This creates tension and confusion, especially on the part of Lady Amanda.  I enjoyed reading about Amanda and Nathaniel, but I especially appreciated the historical background about a real event, a rather shocking, horrifying event that the characters experience.  An event that I had never heard of before reading this book.  And that is what makes this book especially good, learning about the past while enjoying the characters and the plot.


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