The Paid Companion
The new librarian recommended this with the caveat of “but I LOVE historical fiction. Gowns, carriages, the whole nine.” I can see why she said it was one of her favorite books, it’s perfect for readers that like the sorts of things she described.
There’s nothing overly complex about this book, I shelved it as ‘junk food’ because that’s what it is – sacharin and sugary and sweet. That said, it’s not OVERLY mushy like a romance novel. I would’ve probably gagged and had a loooong review as to why it was a cheesy fantasy. I mean, it IS a cheesy fantasy – poor girl hired by an Earl to pretend to be her fiance and SURPRISE! *cue Cupid*
Also, *cue murder mystery*
It was refreshing to read a book where neither of the lead characters are dumb or are treated as such. The intelligence and moral compass of both Arthur and Eleanora are equal and valued by the other and those around them.
All in all, it was a way to waste away an evening when I had nothing else to do.