Don’t get me wrong, I love YA and SFF. It’s my jam. But sometimes, I think, you need to switch up your reading. A genre break, to change gears. Like a reading vacation.
And by “you” I mean “me.”
Which is why, this week, I’m not reading YA or SFF. I’m reading Historical Fiction. Booya.
Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died, suddenly. Grief-stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage…and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three month before. He’s an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter-his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel…not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past-even her very name-is a lie.
Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity. There she insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father’s perfidy and bring his-and her half-sister’s-charmed world crashing down. Very soon, however, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn’t as simple it appears; and she might just be falling for her sister’s fiancé…
What Intrigued Me: I love the 1920s, the music, the champagne, the irresponsible amounts of beading and glitter. It is the sparkliest time period. I will read almost anything set during the 1920s, it has the same effect as drinking an entire bottle of champagne (the bubbles, the irresponsible behavior, the spins, the inevitable hangover).
Bonus: drinking champagne while reading books set in the 1920s. Or, at least, drinking a carbonated beverage.
What Hooked Me: What can I say, I love liars. I love conmen (conwomen? conpeople?). I love deception.
I’m predictable like that.
What Made Me Fall In Love: Like a good cocktail, it’s all about the proportions of the ingredients.
Take one part Roaring 20s
Mix in two parts secrets
Add a splash of Bright Young Things
Garnish with British High Society
The Other Daughter is available online and at your local bookstore. Grab a copy before someone steals them all away.