Adventure Between the Pages: Lady of Esteem

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Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for some romance
Best for Ages: 15 and up
Description: Miss Amelia Stalwood may live in London at her absent guardian's townhouse, but she's never actually met any nobility, and instead of aristocrats, her closest friends are servants. Quite by happenstance, she's introduced to the Hawthorne family and their close family friend, Anthony, the reformed marquis of Raeburn. They welcome her into their world, but just as she's beginning to gain some confidence and even suspect she may have caught Anthony's eye, she's blindsided by an unexpected twist in her situation accompanied by nasty rumors. Will she lose her reputation when the world that has only just accepted her turns its back on her, or will she rest in the support of the friends who've become like family and the man who's shared his faith and captured her heart?

It was a Sunday and I just wanted something light and quick to read. While I am a lover of long books, there are times that I just want something quick. I saw this one, and a good friend had liked it, so I read it. Wow! I don’t think I have laughed or enjoyed a novella like this in a long time.

Amelia is an adorable, spunky, klutzy heroine whom you cannot help but love. She is also loving and kind and has a strong faith. She reminded me a lot of my friend Jessica P., which made me love her even more. Anthony was a fun character as well and a good match for Amelia.

The setting was so much fun! It feels like a Jane Austen with London, balls, pretty speech, and dramatic situations. It was so enjoyable I wanted to spend more time in the setting.

The story, while short, was well written and perfect. So many novellas feel like drawn out short stories or novels crammed into fewer words. This story didn’t feel like either. I applaud Hunter on her skill and looking forward to reading more of her work.

I highly recommend this book for those who like Jane Austen, romance, and novellas.

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