Tuesday, May 12, 2020

A PROPER CHARADE by Esther Hatch, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas with #GIVEAWAY


The gorgeous cover was the first thing I noticed about this book, and the intriguing story line sealed my interest. I love to read novels set in historical England, with such interesting cultural elegance, rules, and sometimes eye-opening social customs and manners. A Proper Charade is a delightfully unique tale set during this fascinating slice of history and is full of colorful, well-drawn characters. Lady Patience Kendrick is an adventuresome, impetuous, somewhat quirky, but completely loveable heroine. Anthony Woodsworth is mostly serious, but charming and endearing when Patience gets involved with him. Together they make a delightful and memorable couple. Their witty banter and hilarious antics had me snickering and sometimes laughing out loud.

Esther Hatch is a favorite author of mine. Her stories are brimming with heart, wit, and charm and never fail to captivate me. Her previous novel A Proper Scandal was also delicious and fun. I’m anxiously awaiting more of her books. This is definitely one for the keeper shelf.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications. All opinions are my own. Rating #1 -Clean Read

BackCover Blurb:
Does love have a chance if she doesn’t play by the rules?

Lady Patience Kendrick was born to a life of privilege, and with the London Season looming, she finds herself facing unprecedented pressure to adhere to the rules of society. Unfortunately, the free-spirited young woman is anything but proper. Patience’s elder brother, a former military man, bemoans his sister’s antics—but when he accuses her of incurable frivolity, it is simply more than she can bear. Determined to prove her brother wrong, Patience undertakes a drastic experiment: she will disguise herself as a maid and demonstrate her ability to work as hard as anyone.

Taken on as household staff by her brother’s former general, Patience soon learns that willingness and ability are two very different things. While her plan sounded promising in theory, the reality is that she is out of her depth—and the irresistibly charming son of the house isn’t helping matters. Patience soon finds herself embroiled in a charade far more complicated than she imagined. With both her pride and her heart at stake, she is determined to prove her brother wrong—even as her plans spiral delightfully out of control.
Covenant Communications, May 2020
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  1. Thanks, Debra! This is a fantastic book!

  2. I am sure I need to read this one after reading your review, Winnie!!

  3. I enjoyed A Proper Scandal, I think it was my first book of Esther’s. I’m sure this one will be just as great.

  4. I've enjoyed a few of Esther's books and this one sounds SO good!! Thank you for your review Winnie, "A Proper Charade" is already on my want-to-read list


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