Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen
Release Date: December 3rd 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Romance,Fiction
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Jane Austen in this witty, winking historical romance with a dash of mystery!
Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.
But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.
Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.
Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.
An Austentacious romance indeed. Dangerous Alliance caught my eye ever since I saw the Publisher’s Weekly announcement. I love a good regency era romance especially one that is carries the spirit of Austen herself.
Victoria a.k.a. Vicky is a huge Austen fan and her favorite character is Lizzie Bennet from Pride & Prejudice. But she also takes advice from the lessons other Austen characters learned such as in Sense & Sensibility and Emma. Vicky is an enigma of a character, not afraid to get dirty while yearning for more, wanting her life to much like an Austen character’s while also coming to grips with the realities of life in Regency society. Vicky is witty, charming, and just overall a solid main character.
Two big components of an Austen novel are: the suitors and the family dynamic, both which Cohen delivers on. This has childhood friends-to lost friendship-to lovers trope which is a trope I’m not typically fond of but it works so well here because Tom is just as much a part of the story as Vicky. He’s faced trauma and tragedies but so charming and sympathetic. Vicky’s sister Althea was another favorite character of mine. She gave me huge Jane Bennet vibes whom I think is such a great character. I always love the sister characters in Austen’s novel and this one is no exception.
While this novel does follow along with the comedy of manners style that Austen herself is known for, the touches of realism such as divorce, abuse, treatment and expectations of young women to marry added a lot of depth to the story. The novel is well-developed and researched and I found myself fascinated by what I learned.
If you’re a fan of Austen and regency era romances this is one to check out! I sincerely hope that Cohen writes more Regency era romances along the lines of this one. I cannot wait to see this author does next regardless.
Now time to share some quotes that I liked whether they be meaningful or even funny.
“As her sister, Althea, often said: planning was the mark of an evolved individual”
“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”
“You’re not like Mr. Darcy. And I wouldn’t have you be. You’re you. And I wouldn’t trade you for a dozen perfect gentlemen.”
“Of the countless embarrassing moments in all her seventeen years, this one secured the prize for most ghastly.”
“She would always love Miss Austen’s stories, but after all that had transpired, Vicky no longer believe life could be summed up by one author’s perspective of the world. For why else would so many books exist if not to impart different truths about life and all its complexities?”
Here is my playlist. I decided that this would be a modern twist on what a Regency era teen would maybe listen to while reading or falling in love. There’s some pop and some indie.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennieke Cohen (JEN-ih-kah CO-en) is used to people mispronouncing her name and tries to spare her fictional characters the same problem. Jennieke writes historical fiction for young adults inspired by real people and events because life is often stranger than fiction. She studied English history at Cambridge University and has a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. Jennieke loves exploring new locales but always returns home to Northern California where the summers are hot, the winters are mild, and life is casual.
WHERE TO FIND HER
Thanks so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for letting me in on this blog tour and also thanks to the publisher for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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