by Gina Lamm
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: Sep 3, 2013
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
Leah Ramsey has always loved historical romance novels and dressing in period costumes. So when she has a chance to time travel and experience the history for herself, she jumps at it—figuring it can't be too hard to catch the eye of a duke. After all, it happens all the time in her novels.My Review:
Avery Russell, valet and prize pugilist, reluctantly helps Leah gain a position in the Duke of Granville's household . . . as a maid.
Domestic servitude wasn't exactly what she had in mind, but she's determined to win her happily ever after. Even if the hero isn't exactly who she's expecting.
This is a fun, cute time-travel romance, it's a great rainy day read. Although it was a bit on the fluffy side, it was still a fun read, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen.
Time travel is a hard sell for me, because I would rather just be immersed in the fantasy of a historical world. But this book didn't overdo the silly factor, and there wasn't too much back and forth between the worlds.
The best part of the book for me, was the fact that the hero was a servant, the Duke's valet. I really liked reading about the other side of historical life, not just the royals and aristocrats. I think after Downton Abbey, everyone has a hearty appetite for seeing how the 'downstairs' set lives. If it weren't for this aspect of the book, it might have blended into a bit of cliche and read like a lot of other time travel books.
The ending was summed up a little too neatly, but there's nothing wrong with a happy ending!
Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5
Cover: 4/5 (adorable!)
Bottom Line: Overall, this a fun, light read, with the added interest of reading about a working class hero instead of an aristocrat.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.