Synopsis: Lady Poppy Smith-Barnes is a member of the Spinsters Club, a group of young ladies who refuse to marry for anything but love, even if it means they never marry at all. Poppy has fantasized about a Russian prince since she met him six years prior when she was fifteen, but that isn’t what she tells her current suitors. Instead, when those men propose, she says she met the Duke of Drummond three years past and they fell in love. What Poppy never expected was for the real Duke of Drummond to appear, let alone propose to a woman he has never met…
Author: Kieran Kramer is a fairly new author, just debuting her first book this past year. I don’t recall how she came to my attention, but perhaps it was her awesome book titles that caught my eye. One of the most amazing things about Kieran is that used to work for the CiA, which, at one time, happened to be a career I was interested in (I think I was twelve). With such an interesting background and promising plots, what else could I do but give her books a try?
Writing Style: Kieran’s style of writing is fairly unnoticeable. There was nothing that stood out as a beyond stunning mastery of phrasing, but neither was it abysmal or awkward or just plain old bad. The words were just unassumingly there, allowing the reader to take it into the realm of their own imagination. There were pleasant moments, funny moments, angering moments, and sad moments. I love books that allow the words to just fade into the background and allow me to be whisked off into an enthralling new world.
Plot: Nothing like a convoluted love tangle to make things interesting. Poppy is in love with Sergei who is brother to Natasha who is trying to force marriage upon Nicholas who is using a fake engagement with Poppy to create a cover for his work in the “Service” of getting close to the Natasha and Sergei but Poppy finds out and wants to join the fun of “acquiring” a painting from Natasha and Sergei without them knowing only to find out that the painting is of someone Poppy knows who had secretly been working for Nicholas’ boss who isn’t what everyone thinks he is and… well, you get the idea.
Character: Poppy’s two best friends Eleanor and Beatrice definitely deserve a spin-off series of their own. This book falls under The Impossible Bachelors series, which are Nicholas’s friends, whom I believe may be in the Service as well. It is only fair that these awesome Spinsters get their own time in the spotlight. I mean, who doesn’t love to read about a pair of young ladies who are willing to injure and embarrass foreign royals on their bestie’s behalf?
Quote: Hell will freeze over before we give up our passions, and give into our parents to marry men we don’t love… The Spinsters Club? Never heard of it.
The Verdict: A very pleasant and light read. I am looking forward to the rest of this series.