Hello Lovelies, Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, Flirtation & Folly (A Season in London) by Elizabeth Rasche, which is being hosted by HFBT!
Flirtation and Folly
by Elizabeth Rasche
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing
Series: A Season in London, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance
Marianne Mowbrey is a responsible country rector’s daughter who longs for the novelty and excitement she reads about in novels. When her crusty Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London, Marianne vows to dazzle the world, win a husband, and never go home again. But the Londoners who determine social success are inclined to pass over plain Marianne in favor of her beautiful, reckless younger sister.
In a world of ambition, fashion, flattery, and deceit, how can Marianne stay true to her real self—when she is not even sure what that real self is?
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
Mariann Mowbrey is given an unbelievable opportunity. When her younger sister Belinda excepts another invite, leaving her older sister a chance for a season in London. Mariann is a rectors eldest daughter, in a vast family of ten children in all. Her mother depends on her constant effective vigilance of her younger siblings.
She is long in the tooth and not as attractive as her sister Belinda. She is not without her own qualities if she can stay to true to herself.
Her wealthy Aunt Harriet, and Belinda own self centered ambitions create the perfect opportunity for Marianne to escape the drudgery of her country existence, and venture out into society for a chance to find what any sensible young lady longs for… a husband.
Seeking to astonish, and draw attention to her wit and creative attire. She has unrealistic expectations drawn from the heroines in the novels she has read.
Thinking to fit in with some temperental and fanciful society friends, whose sincerity is somewhat questionable. Things don’t go as planned and even more less when her vivacious, beautiful sister shows up to some of the society functions that Marianne attends. Belinda outshines any attempts that Marianne has in attracting In would be suitors.
Elizabeth Rasche has created an engaging heroine,and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along as the main character tries to maneuver in the presumptuous flighty London society.
Jane Austen fans will notice nods to some of the characters they will find amongst these pages. I found the writing was smooth and seamless, with engaging dialogue that concurs to the era the book is placed. The atmospheric details of the homes and ladies dress attire was delightful. I especially appreciated the authors underlining message, as you see the main POV characters growth and realization of what is truly important.
A delightful book that many who enjoy a well written compelling book, that captures a young woman who realizes that staying loyal to ones own true self, is far more important than anything else.
Elizabeth Rasche has created an engaging heroine,and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along as she tries to maneuver in the presumptuous flighty London society.
About the Author
After acquiring a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arkansas, Elizabeth Rasche taught philosophy in the U.S. and co-taught English in Japan. Now she and her husband live in northwest Arkansas, the ‘garden of America.’ (At least, she has only ever heard Arkansas called so.) She dreams of visiting Surrey (if only to look for Mrs. Elton’s Maple Grove), Bath, and of course, London. When she has a Jane Austen novel in one hand, a cup of tea in the other, and a cat on her lap, her day is pretty much perfect.
Elizabeth Rasche is the author of The Birthday Parties of Dragons and her poetry has appeared in Scifaikuest. Flirtation & Folly is her first historical fiction novel.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, November 11
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Tuesday, November 17
Review at Bookworlder
Wednesday, November 18
Feature at Reading is My Remedy
Thursday, November 19
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Saturday, November 21
Excerpt at Passages to the Past
Sunday, November 22
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Monday, November 23
Review at Jessica Belmont
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of Flirtation and Folly by Elizabeth Rasche! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on November 24th. You must be 18 or older to enter.