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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 façade 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 been reading Regency books for a few years now, and they've become my favorite genre. That being said, even though I knew about (and was bothered by) the huge discrepancy in the way the rich live vs. the way the "common" people live, I had never heard of the revolt and unrest that happened around this time. It was interesting learning more about it, and I was horrified at what happened at the St. Peter's Field rally.
I really enjoyed the first half of this story, but my interest kind of petered out at the end, and I can't quite put my finger on why. I don't know if it became too rushed or what happened, but I just didn't enjoy the ending.
This book has made me very interested in finding out more of the revolt and unrest that happened in that time period. Even though this book wasn't my favorite, I would still read more from this author.
I was very intrigued by the political atmosphere portrayed in this novel. I am familiar with the revolt against the nobles in France, but this is the first story I've read that addressed wide scale protests by commoners in England. I appreciate a book that has me thinking about it afterward, and creates a desire to research more about what happened.
I read the first part of The Nobleman's Daughter fairly quickly, but got held up by the dialogue and pace in the second half. I don't think I really connected to the characters.
I try not to judge a book by its cover, but that can be a challenge. My extreme dislike of the cover may have somewhat tainted my enjoyment of the story.
I don't see myself reading this again, but I am grateful that my eyes were opened to a period in history that I would like to learn more about.
To begin, let's face it. The cover of The Nobleman's Daughter just isn't all that great. I can see why they picked each aspect of it, I see how it fits the book (which I appreciate, I hate when the cover doesn't match the book), but it just isn't something I would pick up off the shelf because it caught my eye. In fact, I probably wouldn't pick it up just because of it's cover. I know, shallow, narrow-minded and all that. But it's true.
What an interesting time frame though. Maybe I just haven't been reading the right books, but this uprising in England is quite new to me. I was always under the impression that the war sort of made all the changes because of necessity. It was super nice ot get a little more insight to that time frame.
I will say that Amanda was not my favorite character, and her relationship with Nathaniel seemed based more off physical attraction than anything else. In fact, it drove me nuts when she thinks he doesn't see her as anything more than a child but then gives in and kisses him (which didn't really fit the settings the kisses took place in...in my mind anyway).
It was an entertaining and thought provoking read though. I'm curious what my book-loving friends will say about it.
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Title: The Nobleman's Daughter
Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Published: November 2017
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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