Book Review: Chasing Lady Amelia

Title: Chasing Lady Ameliaimg_1132
Author: Maya Rodale
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: Mass Market Paperback

Lady Amelia, the sister of a newly appointed Duke and an American, is having a tough time conforming to British nobility. All she wants is one day to be anything but a proper lady and do what she wants, without society judging her while keeping her reputation intact. One chance evening finds Lady Amelia on the streets of London, running into (the arms) of Alistair Finlay-Jones. As fate would have it, Alistair had recently been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American sisters. After a perfect day exploring London together though, Alistair finds himself falling for Amelia and questions how he’ll ever explain to her that he wants her for love, not her fortune. With the threat of scandal brewing should their perfect day together ever be found out, Alistair must try to win back Amelia’s heart before it’s too late.

I am a big fan of Avon Books. In fact, the 12 Avon True Romance novels for young adults was my first dip into the world romance novels years ago. So it’s usually a safe bet for me to choose an Avon Book and know I’ll enjoy it. The storyline for this book is really what caught my eye. After watching a PBS documentary series about the American heiresses that came to England and married into nobility, essentially saving British nobility, any story that pertains to an American in London is usually a hit with me. And it was a great story idea! Lady Amelia is a likable and strong-willed character, while our hero, Alistair has a sensitive side that I think is sometimes lost in romance novels. The characters were actually well developed, something I would have thought difficult to do given the shortened time period of the story. However, 3/4 of the book takes place in one 24 hour time period. It was like the day that never ends. I realize that was kind of the point of the story and a big factor in how things play out, but it felt like it dragged on and that something was essentially missing from the story since more time had not passed. While still worth the read, just know that you’re essentially spending the majority of the story on one day.

3 Stars


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