About An Engagement of Sorts
Much to her mother’s dismay, spirited Anne Fletcher spent her youth seeking her father’s approval by hunting and riding. More comfortable in breeches than ball gowns, Anne sees the freedoms she once enjoyed slowly taken from her in the name of fashioning her into an eligible young lady. When her parents try to force her into marriage, Anne makes a desperate attempt to salvage her last vestige of independence. If she is to marry, she will do so on her own terms.
Anne strikes a deal: if she cannot secure a man for herself, she will agree to marry the husband her parents approved. She soon finds herself in the last place she would ever choose—that stifling parade of etiquette, the London Season. Anne’s plan is in motion. Now all she needs is a man willing to masquerade as her fiancé.
I finished reading this book by debut author Alene Wecker last weekend. I’ve been thinking about it and trying to figure out just how to say what I thought of this book since then. Hopefully this all comes out right. I really liked the story and the writing in this book.
I thought the author did a great job with her characters. Anne is kind of hilarious. She’s strong willed and always gets herself into a mess. There were so many times she made me laugh out loud. I especially loved when she accidentally ended up on a man’s horse with no sidesaddle. I’ve seen some of the other reviews that were wondering about her not growing up. I wonder if she is just one of those people who are impetuous, and crazy situations will always follow her.
I felt bad for Anne though. There was a “gentleman” who tried to hurt Anne. And kept making very inappropriate comments. There was one part in particular in the book where Anne feels the weight of all she’s been through. This part made me very sad for her. But the sun came up the next morning and she pushed on. I feel like these parts need a bit of a content warning. There is attempted sexual assault and the same man tries to make Anne into a prostitute.
I really liked Thomas. One thing about him was he was the only one that believed anything she said about the man who tried to attack her. You would have thought that Anne’s family would have believed her, but none of them did. Thomas went out of his way to help Anne, going so far as to pretend to be engaged to her.
I’m interested to see what this author does next.
I was sent a copy of An Engagement of sorts as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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About author Alene Wecker
Alene Wecker writes because her favorite authors—Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer—haven’t published anything new in ages! Alene graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, though she rarely uses her degree. She likes to tell herself her education comes in handy as she describes debutantes who, like herself, are frequently forced to display their mediocre skills at the piano-forte. When she’s not writing or mothering her six children, she is usually reading, or can sometimes be found singing with Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. She also enjoys traveling and learning new languages. Some of her favorite haunts include: Berlin, Brașov, Bucharest, Budapest, London, Maui, New York City, Oahu, Paris, Rome, San Diego, Vancouver, and Venice.
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