Kind words must be said about any book that teaches me about both early nineteenth century men’s fashion AND political history. Obviously, the two are not mutually exclusive.
Harry is a charming character who is thrust into a very difficult position. Most of his success can be laid at the feet of Julius, an intriguing dandy with a deep history that was a delight to uncover as the pages turned. The family politics of money and the weight of a name prompted most of the drama, but all of the characters were sufficiently three-dimensional for their purposes.
Since this is the start of a series, I look forward to reading more about all of the characters. These books took place in a slightly earlier time period than I’m used to reading, so it’s been a nice change of pace, with new things to discover.
(For example, I now know what color “puce” is. And it is exceedingly relevant.)