Book: The Season by Sarah Maclean
Rating: 5 Stars
Release date: March 1, 2009 from Orchard Books
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn’t fit into the world of Regency London — she’s strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance.
Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It’s a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As she and Gavin grow closer, will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process?
Romance and danger fill the air, as this year’s Season begins!
The Season by Sarah Maclean is one of my new favorites. I picked it up not really knowing much about it and when I put it down, I immediately wanted more. It was just wonderful. The writing, the story, the characters. I don’t think I have anything bad to say about it.
The story of The Season is not your typical historical fiction story. While there is the whole coming out and a season, it’s more just the setting for the mystery that takes place with Alex and Gavin. Alex knows there is something going on with Gavin, one of her lifelong family friends, and she will do whatever it takes to solve the problem. She also has help from her friends but she’s the mastermind of the whole plan.
The characters of The Season were the best. Alex was so funny and so determined. It was also pretty funny to see how tortured she felt when her mom made her act like a lady. Her friends were also great. They were more ladylike than Alex but they always went along with her crazy schemes. And the boys were the best. Alex’s brothers were hilarious. They tormented her and just tried their hardest to drive her crazy. They were definitely the comic relief in this book. And then there is Gavin. Almost like a brother to Alex, she tries her hardest to help him but finds herself in some awkward and crazy situations.
Overall, The Season is now one of my favorite historical books and I can’t wait to read more from Sarah Maclean. I just loved this book and I plan on rereading it time and time again!