Author Shana Galen has been hailed as one of the rising stars of the historical romance genre, and I now understand why. Her newest book, Pride and Petticoats is filled with strong main characters, an entertaining supporting cast, and a fast-paced tale of romance.
American Charlotte Burton is at the end of her rope. She has lost everything. Her father gambled away the family business, then lost his life, along with her brother, in a shipping incident with British warships. Charlotte hopes her hasty trip to England will succeed. If Cade Pettigru will advance her the money to rebuild the business, she is sure that the family friend will see his investment handsomely rewarded. She is just grateful that she and Addy, her maid, are on dry land at last.
Freddie Dewhurst cannot believe his eyes. There is a titian haired wench defending that traitor Pettigru when they attempt to capture the elusive spy. She says that she is an old family friend, not just a local doxy, and she does look the part, even for an American. Perhaps she can be useful to the Crown, despite her political views.
Take one British dandy who hides his true colors under bright waistcoats and rarified manners, add a stubborn, unapologetic young woman who prefers to address everyone as “Mister” and you have a recipe for explosive misunderstandings. Just what the doctor, er, author ordered in Pride and Petticoats.
I found the characters very charming, and the fast-paced book kept me interested. Ms. Galen has a good blend of humor and passion that should entertain readers throughout the novel. As long as she can keep interjecting a note of freshness to the genre, she will go far.