Proper EnglishI will happily read pages and pages of characters in a historical novel interact at a house party. Bonus points if half of them don’t like each other, the other half like each other a bit too much, and at least one person is outright rude.

I enjoyed myself so much, following the point of view of Pat Merton, that I almost forgot this was a mystery on top of being a romance. Both aspects of the novel sucked me in completely.

Most of the historical queer romance I’ve read so far has been between men, so it was interesting to flip the script and follow a relationship developing between two women. Remember, a relationship between two women wasn’t illegal the way it was between two men in England during this time period, but women had plenty of other problems to deal with regarding their place in society. However, Pat and Fen have plenty of intelligence (and a decent amount of money) on their side. I have complete faith that Fen and Pat will live happily ever after, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve already gotten to peek in on them a few years from now in the book Think of England.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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