This cute and addictive historical hate-to-love romance is set in the English Victorian Regency era during the early days of the suffrage movement, when commoner Annabelle Archer earns a place among the first group of female students at Oxford. In return she must support the women’s suffrage movement, which brings her face-to-face with the handsome Sebastian Devereux - the Duke of Montgomery – who is one of the most powerful men in England, and currently on the wrong side of history when it comes to women’s rights.
“Perhaps this is not a question of staying out of trouble, Your Grace. Perhaps this is about deciding on which side of history you want to be.”
Sebastian, who has divorced his previous wife, is looking for a wife to heal his shattered reputation. Thus, an outspoken commoner is not what he is looking for, no matter how much the green-eyed Annabelle tempts him.
This book pulled me in from the very first page with its perfect opposites-attract/enemies-to-lovers story start, and is definitely one of my favorite historical romances ever! It’s funny, steamy and feels very much like a contemporary read, despite the historical setting. I loved the insights to the suffragette movement, the witty dialogue and the banter between Annabelle and Sebastian, and how the romance did not fall into the cliché as many historical romances do. Even though the book had it fair shares of steamy moments, Annabelle was not the ordinary damsel in distress, but a strong, feisty and intelligent woman with a with a not-so-pure background.
The supporting characters were also truly amazing. Annabelle’s friends were all such strong and ambitious women and so supportive of each other. So even though this story might seem like an ordinary historical romance on the surface, it was a lot more than that. Yes, it was a steamy, fast-paced and fun rom com, but it was also a gripping story of friendship and sacrifice as well as a history lesson, outlining the dangerous fight for women’s rights and how much women before us have sacrificed for our right today to vote, have access to education and ownership of property and financial assets. I recommend it with all my heart and cannot wait for the next book in the series!
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