Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford is strong-willed and sharp-tongued and not interested in marriage. Unfortunately, her mother is determined to marry her off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance. Somehow, between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. It's a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, suspicion, and true love. Romance and danger fill the air, as this year's Season begins! (chapters.ca)
I've mentioned before that the more I love a book, the harder it is for me to review it. Let me tell you, I am having an incredibly difficult time talking about The Season without gushing and stroking it's pretty cover, urging everyone to go out and buy it right now.
I am a huge fan of stories set in the Regency era. There is just something about the rustling of the spectacular gowns, the rumble of a crowded ballroom, the giggling of young ladies as they gossip over their teacups, and the picture of a delectable english man in a crisp white cravat. It just makes me want to get lost in that world with no immediate plans of returning.
The Season is an enticing, steadily moving page turner with believable and complex characters. Alex, Ella, and Vivi are strong female leads who are beautiful, intelligent, and determined. Their friendship was one of my favorite aspects of the story and I loved all of their interactions.
The story itself is a richly woven tale telling not only of friendship and romance but involving spies, treason, and murder. I read the book in 2 days, stopping only because I had to go to work. I just had to know what happened! I just love it when a book is that good, getting me to ask questions and look for clues - suspecting everyone!
Being the hopeless romantic that I am, my favorite part of the novel was the relationship between Alex and Gavin. It was beautiful and realistic. Watching their feelings grow from friendship to those of romance and passion was delightful, causing me to smile and sigh on more than one occasion. Every one of their interactions was fully entertaining. I just loved the witty banter between the two! Sparks flew between the two not only during a passionate embrace but in conversation as well.
Sarah Maclean is a pro at what she does. The cultural and politcal history of the era was obviously well researched, allowing the reader to feel like it very well could have been told by someone straight from the time period. Every page was rich with detail and imagery. Just gorgeous!
If you haven't read this book yet, do so very soon! I was looking forward to it for months and I was not disappointed. It was even better than I had hoped for, and I cannot wait for more from Sarah Maclean!