Book Review

Review: A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin

I’m not sure what’s going on at the moment but I’m really craving Regency-period romance with a little bit of sass (ok, I do know what’s going on, it’s the Bridgerton affect). I got a lot of what I needed from this book – it had all the restrictions of the period, but with a slightly more modern outlook.

Title: A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting
Author: Sophie Irwin
Pages: 400
Publication Date: 12th May 2022
Publisher: Harper Collins
Ownership: eARC provided by the publisher

Rating: 3.5 stars

Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. This is 1818 after all, and only men have the privilege of seeking their own riches.

With only twelve weeks until the bailiffs call, launching herself into London society is the only avenue open to her, and Kitty must use every ounce of cunning and ingenuity she possesses to climb the ranks.

The only one to see through her plans is the worldly Lord Radcliffe and he is determined to thwart her at any cost, especially when it comes to his own brother falling for her charms.

Can Kitty secure a fortune and save her sisters from poverty? There is not a day to lose and no one—not even a lord—will stand in her way…

My Review

This whole book was a lot of fun. It had that lovely Pride and Predjuice/Bridgerton style crossover of misunderstandings, forthright heroines and society expectations. It doesn’t push the boat out in terms of the kind of diversity that you get from Bridgerton, so I assume is more ‘historically’ accurate, but with a little uptick in the level of scandal going on.

Somehow, despite the influences on this story, and the sisters being nearly identical to the whole Bennet family, and a hypochondriac mother, it still felt fresh. Even better, the growing relationship between Kitty and Lord Radcliffe felt like one of equals – they both were sarcastic and proud, and both played an important role in rescuing each others’ families. Similarly, Kitty was very likeable – she was determined and dogged in her need to find a fortune, but equally wasn’t willing to fully deceive anyone about her situation.

A fun and frothy Regency-style romance – the poor family is scrambling back into society, the toffs are suitably snobby and there’s a little bit of honest reputational scandal too. It didn’t exactly push the boat out in terms of the story or storytelling, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 3.5 stars!

I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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