Flirtation and Folly
by Elizabeth Rasche
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing
Series: A Season in London, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance
Marianne Mowbrey is a responsible country rector’s daughter who longs for the novelty and excitement she reads about in novels. When her crusty Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London, Marianne vows to dazzle the world, win a husband, and never go home again. But the Londoners who determine social success are inclined to pass over plain Marianne in favor of her beautiful, reckless younger sister.
In a world of ambition, fashion, flattery, and deceit, how can Marianne stay true to her real self—when she is not even sure what that real self is?
Flirtation and Folly is a wonderful Regency novel with an exceedingly interesting main character. Marianne Mowbrey spends a season in London, determined to find a husband and be taken away from her dull life in the country. She faces a great deal of adversity in the form of high society girls, akin to a Victorian Mean Girls, but stands strong through it all!
Some books in this genre can feel like they are only surface level in terms of character development, but I think author Elizabeth Rasche did a fantastic job of giving the cavalcade of characters depth and realism! Ultimately, this is a story of self-discovery and a well-written one at that!
The pacing of the book was very good! I read this in two or three sittings and honestly had a hard time putting it down to work on other things. I had an ebook copy, which was perfect for this book! Don’t let the cover fool you, there is romance in this book, but it isn’t over the top or overbearing. I found the balance between narrative and romance to be just right for this story!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to further works from this author! Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for having me along and to the author! This title is on sale now!
About the Author
After acquiring a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arkansas, Elizabeth Rasche taught philosophy in the U.S. and co-taught English in Japan. Now she and her husband live in northwest Arkansas, the ‘garden of America.’ (At least, she has only ever heard Arkansas called so.) She dreams of visiting Surrey (if only to look for Mrs. Elton’s Maple Grove), Bath, and of course, London. When she has a Jane Austen novel in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a cat on her lap, her day is pretty much perfect.
Elizabeth Rasche is the author of The Birthday Parties of Dragons and her poetry has appeared in Scifaikuest. Flirtation & Folly is her first historical fiction novel.
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Flirtation and Folly