Juliana isn't an ordinary girl excited about traveling to London for her debut season. Her primary purpose in going to London is to have her and her father's work on beetles. She isn't interested in finding a match and marrying anyone.
She doesn't like the rigid rules of society and several times breaks them, much to the horror of her aunt. During one of her escapades, she meets a gentleman.
He doesn't seem to mind her intelligence or her rule breaking ways. He enjoys spending time with her. The more time Juliana spends with Mr. Northam, the more she can see herself forming an attachment to him.
Mr. Northam appears amiable, but does he have an ulterior motive for attaching himself to Miss Juliana?
My Thoughts: The tagline I heard for this book was Jane Austen with spies. And I was sold. I had to read it.
From the very first scene where Juliana's dangling from a cliff in need of help, I adore this book. I love her intelligence and how different she appeared from the rest of the girls. I love hoe her primary purpose in getting to London isn't the season or finding a suitor but in trying to publish her research.
I loved her moments with Mr. Northam - their banter, their views on society, and the stolen moments together. I enjoyed his moments of spying and uncovering information.
I liked her cousin Carrie and their interactions. I enjoyed her uncle when he finally came to his senses.
Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: ARC sent for review
Final Thoughts: A fantastic historical fiction - if you're a Jane Austen fan, don't miss this one!