Today marks Day 14 of 31 Days of #BookLove. Rather than review all 300 books I’ve read this year, I decided to share one of my favorites each day this month.
SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale
Genre: Historical Romance – Victorian
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
He’s the only man she’s ever loved…
For ages it seems advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of The London Weekly from a distance. Determined to finally attract her employer’s attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers—who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions…from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!).
She’s the only woman he never noticed…
Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she’s exquisite…and he can’t get Annabelle out of his mind! She must be pursuing someone, but who? For some inexplicable reason, the thought of her with another man makes Knightly insanely jealous.
Will Dear Annabelle find her happy ending?
But Knightly’s scandalous periodical has been targeted for destruction by a vengeful Lord Marsden, and the beleaguered editor now faces a devastating choice: either marry Marsden’s sister to save his beloved newspaper…or follow his heart and wed his Writing Girl.
What I Liked:
A friend told me to read this. As she described it, I was already buying it because I just loved the idea of it. An advice columnist who takes her readers’ advice on how to capture the attention of her clueless editor? I’m so in! I’m so, so glad I picked this book up. I read it that evening, and I can honestly say that it was the most charming book I read this year. Annabelle’s efforts to get Derek’s attention are misguided and incredibly painful to watch. But they are also earnest and funny. The readers of her advice column give her advice that ALWAYS goes astray, and you can’t help but laugh and wince all at the same time on her behalf. And there’s a turning point in the novel (which I refuse to blow for you) that had me grinning all the while I read. I don’t read historicals as often as I used to, but I can’t recommend this one enough. If you like a rom-com with a dose of Victorian England, you’ll love this one.
Like the sound of SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY? Give the author a little #BookLove. Maya Rodale tweets @MayaRodale.
The 31 Days of #BookLove
Day 1: BULLY by Penelope Douglas
Day 2: THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
Day 3: TANGLED by Emma Chase
Day 4: UNSPOKEN by Jen Frederick
Day 5: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by R.L. Mathewson
Day 6: ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND by Monica Murphy
Day 7: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn
Day 8: SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane
Day 9: FALLEN CREST HIGH by Tijan
Day 10: HER BEST WORST MISTAKE by Sarah Mayberry
Day 11: CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn
Day 12: THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen
Day 13: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover