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REVIEW: Lost in Almack’s by Lesley-Anne McLeod

REVIEW: Lost in Almack’s by Lesley-Anne McLeod

Dear Ms. McLeod,

lostalmackscover300You’ve never let me down with any of the past novellas of yours I’ve read and you don’t do it this time either. I confess that I was slightly dismayed at the length of the story which formatted to 20 pages on my reader. She’s going to get two people together that quickly? Why, yes, you do.

Lady Genevra Haven is all set to make her debut at Almacks, that place where the cream of the ton dances, consumes mediocre refreshments and matches off. If only her not-to-be-disobeyed mother would let Genevra wear her spectacles. But to have her daughter be seen as a bluestocking sends shudders through the Countess of Raynham. So off go the spectacles into her mother’s reticule.

Things seem to be going well until Genevra is separated from her friends and finds herself, well, lost at Almacks. A series of missteps and false starts lead her through a maze of rooms and corridors, and through encounters with various “types” of London society until she finally meets a man who just might be perfect for her.

This is a delight of a short story. Tasty, easy to read and short enough to consume very quickly. It’s a nice way for readers to try your writing style though I hope it will be selling for less than the $2.99 price tag of your other novellas. One does wonder, however, what type of vision Peregrine and Genevra’s children might inherit. ;) B

~Jayne

This book can be purchased at Uncial Press.

REVIEW: Emilina’s Conquest by Lesley Anne McLeod

REVIEW: Emilina’s Conquest by Lesley Anne McLeod

Dear Mrs McLeod,

emilinas_200Reading your Regency novellas is like snacking on a few petit fours with a smooth cup of coffee. A nice, small treat that hits the spot and leaves me satisfied without pigging out.

Emilina Brook is a young woman of good family who is in a situation all too familiar to the Regency world. She’s the eldest daughter of a vicar of limited means and feels the obligation to go out and take a position as a teacher, thus easing the financial burden on her parents and, if she budgets well, perhaps even able to send some money home.

Her two day stage coach journey to Nottingham starts with her attempting to master her tearful emotions at leaving her family behind. Soon she and her fellow passengers begin to awkwardly pass the time with introductions and aimless chatter.

One young man catches her eye as he pays her pointed attention – not all of which Emilina welcomes. Dr. Secord Cardew alternately interests and appalls Emilina. He can be polite and attentive then stuffed up and arrogant. Who, she wonders, is the real man?

I had a notion of what influenced the behavior of Dr. Cardew which, in the end, proved true. Despite our dreams of meeting a suave, sophisticated man who sweeps us off our feet, most of us have to deal with small talk as we get to know someone. But I think, by the time the story is over, that these two are well on their way to seeing what the other is truly like.

The switch in POV for the last chapter seemed slightly abrupt though having the doctor’s view point earlier would have spoilt the charm of the resolution. And even though the story doesn’t end with a HEA, we are left with a hopeful feeling that all will ultimately end well for our couple. B for this sweet tale.

~Jayne

You can purchase this novella in eform from Uncial Press.