Saturday, March 6, 2021

A Fall From Grace By Jennie Goutet

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Fall From Grace
by Jennie Goutet
Publisher: Independent
Series: Clavering Chronicles
AISN: B08QL53L13

When I got started reading book two I hadn't read book one yet. I didn't even know there was a book one until I got started with book 2. The great timing was that book one was on sale on audiobook so I nabbed it for .99! I listened to this in tandem with book 2.

Summary:

She needs a champion. He needs one less person to worry about.

Selena Lockhart comes with neither fortune nor connections, and she knows better than to expect Society to give her a welcome—especially after her father gambled away his fortune, precipitating the family’s sudden fall from grace and Selena’s betrothed to break off the engagement. It therefore comes as no surprise that her new neighbor, Sir Lucius, treats her with disdain. Why should he look beyond appearances when her own promises so little? 

Sir Lucius Clavering is not married, but he may as well be, considering he is expected to escort his widowed mother to watering holes, round out the numbers at his married sister’s dinners, and come to the aid of his scapegrace younger siblings. It doesn’t help that single women and matchmaking mamas jostle each other for his face, fortune, and title so that he’s left without a moment’s peace. 

When Selena shows up at Lucius’s doorstep looking for help, he is sure it’s another ploy aimed at cutting up his prized bachelor existence. Although his prejudice does not last long, Lucius fears his first reaction might have ruined his chances with her. How can he save her from Society’s teeth when she continues to hold him at arm’s length?

My Review:

This was such a great story! The way the story begins had me chuckling. Poor Sir Lucius. All the ladies want him, but he's just not interested. Must be nice, eh? Then there's Serena. Who I just loved. Her job as a governess to a 16 yr old brat, Rebecca, who is the ward of Lady Harrowden. Woo, there are a lot of rude, uppity people in this story including the 2 I just mentioned.

It's so interesting to me how the ton so easily turns on one of its own when even just one family member, in this case Serena's father, has a fall from grace. How everyone treats her now that she has to live as a governess is so annoying and I felt for Serena throughout the whole story. Of course it endeared me to her easily. The nonsense she had to put up with Rebecca as well as the men around her was frustrating!

Lucius seems to have his interest piqued by Serena, but Rebecca has made a bid for him. The way he is constantly putting Rebecca in her place cracks me up. I love that the author doesn't have him shy away from being direct! Lucius' sister, Maria is also a piece of work. Whew, she and her husband only care about appearances and climbing the social and economical ladder. Let's just say Lucius and Serena both have their hands full!

About the Author:

Jennie Goutet is an American-born Anglophile, who lives with her French husband and their three children in a small town outside Paris. Her imagination resides in Regency England, where her historical romances are set. Jennie is also author of the award-winning memoir, Stars Upside Down, and the modern romances, A Sweetheart in Paris and A Noble Affair. A Christian, a cook, and an inveterate klutz, Jennie writes about faith, food, and life—even the clumsy moments—on her blog, aladyinfrance.com. You can learn more about Jennie and her books on her author website, jenniegoutet.com.

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