Friday, 30 March 2018

Cephalopod Coffeehouse: March 2018

Cephalopod Coffeehouse: March 2018

the last Friday in March is time to join in with the Cephalopod Coffeehouse where we recommend the best book we've read during the month.  

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I've had a good reading month and have read at least 10 books ranging from my 5* pick, 4 1/2*, 4* and 3* novels.  Also quite a diverse months reading, historical romance, contemporary romantic second chance, a book written from the perspective of a dog and three thrillers from the same author and murder/police and psychological thrillers.  

My top pick and my 5* book is a Regency romance. 




350 pages


England 1814: Brought up by her late grandparents after the death of her mother, Lallie Grey is unaware that she is their heiress. When her father realises that he will soon lose control of his daughter’s income, he conspires to marry her off to his crony, Frederick Malvin in exchange for a share of her capital. But Lallie has fallen in love with Hugo Tamrisk, heir to one of the oldest titles in England. When Hugo not only comes to her aid as she flees the arranged marriage, but later proposes to her, all Lallie’s dreams have come true. She readily agrees to marry him at once.

But past events casts long shadows. Hugo resents the interest his three elder sisters take in his new wife and thinks they have turned her against him. And then there is his former mistress, Sabina, Lady Albright. As Lallie finds her feet in the ton, the newly-weds are caught up in a comedy of errors that threatens their future happiness. She begins to wonder if he has regrets and he cannot understand her new reserve. A perfect storm of confusion and misunderstanding leads to a final rupture when Lallie feels she has no choice but to leave. Can Hugo win her back? Will there be a second, real happy end for them?



Perfect.  I've read quite a few books set in the Regency period and this book is streets ahead of all of them.  The book explores the good and bad in people, the constraints of society in that era, arranged marriages, gossip-mongers, all of which is written delightfully with good characters, good plotting, well scripted dialogue and interspersed with the minutiae of daily living without being in the least bit boring.

The language is of the time and reading on my Kindle it was so easy to look up the words I didn’t know which, as well as enhancing my own vocabulary, added to the atmosphere of the book.

Can’t fault it – in my opinion one of the best books I've read this year.


  1. I have friends who love Regency, but it's always been a hit or miss for me. This one, however, sounds like it might be worth trying out. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Sounds like there's some excellent world-building in this book. Period language, too - that's ambitious.

  3. Unfortunately, not my thing, especially not at the moment.