Wednesday, May 13, 2020
A Proper Charade by Esther Hatch, Book Review
Lady Patience Kendrick was born to a life of privilege, and with the London Season looming, she finds herself facing unprecedented pressure to adhere to the rules of society. Unfortunately, the free-spirited young woman is anything but proper. Patience's elder brother, a former military man, bemoans his sister's antics - but when he accuses her of incurable frivolity, it is simply more than she can bear. Determined to prove her brother wrong, Patience undertakes a drastic experiment: she will disguise herself as a maid and demonstrate her ability to work as hard as anyone.
Taken on as household staff by her brother's former general, Patience soon learns that willingness and ability are two very different things. While her plan sounded promising in theory, the reality is that she is out of her depth - and the irresistibly charming son of the house isn't helping matters. Patience soon finds herself embroiled in a charade far more complicated that she imagined. With both her pride and her heart at stake, she is determined to prove her brother wrong - even as her plans spiral delightfully out of control.
This is one of those books that just sucks you in and doesn't let you out until you are done! Patience is unapologetically herself and honest, her character was so refreshing! I loved her fortitude and her desire to prove herself capable and hard-working. The hare-brained scheme she comes up with is crazy and yet she manages to get hired on as a maid. I just laughed at her attempt to wax the furniture and enjoyed her talks with Mr. Woodsworth like I was in the room with them. Hatch creates such endearing characters that the entire story came to life right in front of me! The entire time I was waiting for everything to come falling down and crash, but Patience surprised me at every turn. And so did Mr. Woodsworth! Her spontaneity and his planning were the perfect combination of opposites attract. Sit back, feel the sparks fly, and watch this fun and heart-warming story unfold!
You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.
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Posted by Books Are Sanity!!! at 1:00 AM