Oh, the season in London! It was a time when young women on the cusp of society dressed in gorgeous gowns, went to balls and dinners, and possibly met their future husband. Mothers pushed their daughters at eligible bachelors and young women learned how to be respectable aristocratic ladies. Sometimes it's not all balls and pretty dresses, sometimes there is danger and adventure involved. In "The Season" by Sarah MacLean, a young woman on the brink of entering society gets caught up in a thrilling adventure with her two best friends and a young childhood friend who ends up stealing her heart.
Set during the Regency, "The Season" follows Lady Alexandria Stafford and her entrance into society during the season. Witty, intelligent, and one to speak her mind, Alexandria finds all this business with the season to be stuffy and foolish. She longs to be an independent woman, free to do what she wants. While attending balls and dinner, Alexandria begins to form a deep and powerful bond with a friend of her brothers, Gavin Sewell, the new Earl of Blackmoor. Gavin's father recently died leaving Gavin suspicious about the true nature of his death. Alexandria ends up caught up in the intrigue and mystery surrounding Gavin's father's death all while dealing with her growing feelings for him. With her two best friends Ella and Vivi at her side, Alexandria navigates through the season in London with a little adventure on the side!
"The Season" is a fun and enjoyable read. The season during Regency London comes to life as MacLean wonderfully describes the dresses, the balls, the dinners, and the various people of London high society. It will make readers wish they could go back in time and be part of the season.
MacLean also gives readers interesting and dynamic female characters. Alexandria is intelligent, strong-willed, and a young woman with a mind of her own. Her best friends Viv and Ella are also interesting with their intelligence, wit, and own likes and desires. This is a novel of fierce females.
The only wish is that the mystery surrounding Gavin's father death could have been concentrated on a little more. It feels a bit rushed and wrapped up too nicely at the end of the novel. It deserved more attention and focus.
"The Season" is an enjoyable read about a young woman entering the high society world during the Regency. This novel shows that even young woman being pressured by their mothers to find a wealthy and powerful mate can still be independent, strong, and determined.
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