Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.
After an extended stay in China, Lord
Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an
encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined,
leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her
research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a
warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly
drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside
Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in
love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.
I have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I finished "Solving Sophronia" back when it first came out. I get a kick out of each of the members of the Blue Orchid Society, and look forward to getting to know each one better. I'll admit, I am about as opposite from Vivian as a person can get. I am most definitely NOT scientific- and math-minded, but it was so fun to pretend like I understood anything about the stuff that excited Vivian. All of her inventions were beyond cool though, especially being in that time period when women were supposed to be seen and not heard. Opposites definitely attract in this story, because Vivian and Lord Benedict could not be any more different... in some ways, but in the ways that really matter, they were a lot more alike than probably even they thought. I don't know whose story will come next, but I am already looking forward to it.