Sunday, July 8, 2012

Review: The Finishing of Lady Amelia by Scarlett Rains

The Finishing of Lady Amelia, Prequel to Betrayals of the Heart (Sisters of the Heart Series)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: ARTEMIS Books
Prequel to Sisters of Heart series
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Lady Amelia Fitzailwyn knows everything about everything... she certainly does not require Finishing School! If John and Alex had not tattled on her, she would still be home! It was fine for them to chase every skirt in the Kingdom but she has one kiss ...or two, and Uncle carts her off! Day one of her banishment, at Madame de Rigeur's Young Ladies Finishing Academie, is dismal. Her roommate is insular, Clarissa is cruel...and that spotty girl's rash is probably contagious! Then, she meets Monsieur Pelfrie, the handsomest man she has ever seen, and Amelia decides it might just be possible to endure the two long years away from home.

Enjoy this delightful tale of mischief and mayhem as a sheltered young woman comes of age in Georgian England. Includes excerpts from Scarlett Rains’ captivating Sisters of the Heart series!

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre's. I love reading about a different time and how people acted or what they wore. This story was set in the late 1700's a time that I've never read about so needless to say I was very excited when I was asked to read this.

The Finishing of Lady Amelia introduces us to Lady Amelia (obviously) an orphaned teenager living with her uncle and two cousins John and Alex. When she gets into trouble her uncle decides to send her to Madame de Rigeur's Young Ladies Finishing Academie where she will have to live for the next two years and be taught to behave like a lady. While there she does learn to act like a lady in a way but gets in much more trouble than she would have at home.

Amelia is a mischievous young girl who wants more from life than what normal women get in her time. She reads romance novels behind her school books and wants to marry out of love not out of duty. She gets looks down on because of it but I thought this made her very relatable and realistic. There's a huge cast of characters at the Academie. The teachers and students were all very different and played a different role. I liked Amelia's group of friends. There was her roommate Lydia who was so honest it was funny, Elizabeth and Anna who I felt bad for throughout most of the book and Josie who seemed stuck up at first but was actually really nice. They got in all kinds of trouble together. From pranking the snobby Clarissa or staying up past lights out or crushing over the same guy. They were always getting into trouble and it was so fun to read about.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious and I loved reading about all the crazy situations the characters got themselves into. I loved the setting and though the writing was a little confusing at times it wasn't hard to get into the story. I can't wait to read Scarlett Rains other books.
4/5 stars


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