Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review: The Making of a Duchess (The Sons of the Revolution #1) by Shana Galen

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Twelve years after fleeing their burning chateau, Julien Harcourt, Duc de Valère, searches for his lost twin brothers. His frequent travels between England and France at a time when the exiled Napoleon is reported to be marshalling his troops raises the suspicions of English authorities who set secret operative Sarah Smith on his trail. A risky game of cat and mouse leads the two from the ballrooms of London to the prisons of Paris and into a fragile love that neither dares to hope for.
My Thoughts: There's something about this book that made it very enjoyable and I can't quite put my finger on it.  I figured out the reveal about a dozen pages into it (or whatever the equivalent is on a Kindle) so that wasn't it.  I think it was mostly watching Sarah bumble around as a completely inept spy.  The poor girl was so out of her element it was painful.  Painful and funny.  In a OMG! What was she thinking? sort of way.

Even though I figured out the reveal, the book was engaging from beginning to end.  Sarah was so clueless about everything, from the way she was overwhelmed by Julien's house to not knowing how to dance.  And it worked. Julien is driven by the events that destroyed his family.  It has shaped him and sends him to his home country time and again despite the danger it poses to him as an aristocrat.

A quick historical read that was definitely fun enough that I'd like to read the next book in the series.

More books by Shana Galen

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