About A Proper Charade
Does love have a chance if she doesn’t play by the rules?
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 than 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.
When I finished reading this one the other day, my first thought was “Wow, Esther Hatch knows how to write a story!” Everything about this one made me happy. I loved the plot, and the characters – especially Patience.
Patience is a cooped up young lady. Her family has been in mourning for 2 years after the death of her father. It’s no wonder that she decides to do something a little bit rash. She’s goaded by her brother, Nicholas, about being too much like their mother. She decides that she needs to be more serious. And to do that she must find a job as a maid. In the house of her brother’s former general.
The first scene where Patience meets Anthony was hilarious. She meets him in his own garden as she’s trying to find the servant’s entrance. And she makes such a big mess of the whole thing. That’s really how their relationship goes the whole book. They both make a big mess of everything.
I loved that the reader gets to see Anthony’s point of view as well. He seems so serious for most of the book. I loved the way Patience goes about trying to draw him out a bit, using his niece and nephew.
If you’re looking for historical romance that can make you smile, make sure to pick up one of the books by this author. You won’t regret it!
I was sent a copy of A Proper Charade as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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