My last two reads have been pretty intense and dramatic. I needed a pallet cleanser. I picked up Bringing Down the Duke a few weeks ago at the library. I was drawn to the cover. The blurbs and reviews promised me a light, comedic romp through the Victorian suffrage movement. That should have told me everything I needed to know. Is there really anything comical about women's rights? Aside from the fact that it's 2020 and we still have to march?
I'm not a romance fan. I have nothing against the writers or the readers, it just isn't something that entertains me personally. This book reminded me of the books my grandma use to read "for the story". She swore up and down she skipped over the smut parts. Well if grandma would have been reading this book, she would have left a lot of pages unread.
I was also reminded of Hallmark movies. However, as my bestie pointed out after I made her read one particularly scandalous scene, it was more likely you'd see this movie on Lifetime, not Hallmark.While I haven't seen the amount of Hallmark movies my mother-in-law has seen, I just assume there's always a scene where someone professes their love either in a gazebo or in the middle of the rain. This book had one of those cliches'.
The question I really needed to ask myself when I got to the end of this book, was "Did it lighten the mood?" Yes and no. While the book didn't really delve too deep into the suffrage movement, the reader is presented with a protagonist who is intelligent and likable. She wasn't just another pretty face. Her decisions didn't make me want to bang my head against a wall. The typical handsome, brooding male protagonist was a little hard to swallow. He did everything you expect his kind of character to do. It was a little boring.
My favorite part? The female supporting cast. I loved Miss Archer's circle of friends. They were warm and inviting. They never criticized Miss Archer, even when she thought she deserved it. They weren't catty. They actually kind of made me want to go out and find a knitting circle. Except I don't know how to knit. I don't have the patience for it.
To wrap things up, if you are looking for a quick and easy read, this book could be a perfect fit. It's one of those vacation reads that doesn't really require an immense amount of focus and dedication. Will I seek out any of the next books in this series? Possibly. It will all depend on how I am feeling at a particular moment in time.
Read 2/8/2020 - 2/9/2020
Book 13 of 75 in 2020