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The Season by Sarah Maclean

Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn’t fit into the world of Regency London — she’s strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance.

Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It’s a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As she and Gavin grow closer, will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process?

Romance and danger fill the air, as this year’s Season begins!

I have so much to say about The Season. At first, I was worried I might not understand the book because it’s historical fiction. But I had no problems understanding the book. The setting was fabulous. The characters were all very well written especially Alex. Sarah Maclean’s writing is simply wonderful. The way she describes the gowns, balls and scenery is amazing. I can picture the gowns very vividly in my head.

But if this book was a mystery book, it might not score very well. The story starts off with the mystery but nothing much happens until half the book. It wasn’t hard to guess who murdered Gavin’s father because there is a small number of suspects. Also, the murderer admitted he did it himself so there wasn’t any ‘shock’ of discovering who-dun-it.

Some characters were not developed enough, like Alex’s brothers. The three of them did not have distinct personalities and I would get them mixed up sometimes. However, the romance between Gavin and Alex was wonderful. I was rooting for them from the start. Gavin is such a gentlemen!

If you love historical fiction or stories with a bit of mystery and romance, read The Season! I’m hoping Maclean would write more romance novels in future set in Regency London. =) I look forward to reading her future works.

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