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“A Proper Charade” by Esther Hatch. Published by Covenant Communications May 1, 2020

I wrote about the first book in the series, A Proper Scandal, and the second book in the series, A Proper Charade, came out this last May. I was part of the launch team for this book and received arc in April which feels like lightyears ago in the beginning of the pandemic and lockdown. This book was a bright spot in those uncertain times and even though times are a *little* better, you know you’ll always have a great time with one of Hatch’s books!

Official Book Description:

Lady Patience Kendrick was born to a life of privilege, and with the London Season looming, she finds herself facing unprecedented pressure to adhere to the rules of society. Unfortunately, the free-spirited young woman is anything but proper. Patience’s elder brother, a former military man, bemoans his sister’s antics – but when he accuses her of incurable frivolity, it is simply more than she can bear. Determined to prove her brother wrong, Patience undertakes a drastic experiment: she will disguise herself as a maid and demonstrate her ability to work as hard as anyone.

Taken on as household staff by her brother’s former general, Patience soon learns that willingness and ability are two very different things. While her plan sounded promising in theory, the reality is that she is out of her depth – and the irresistibly charming son of the house isn’t helping matters. Patience soon finds herself embroiled in a charade far more complicated that she imagined. With both her pride and her heart at stake, she is determined to prove her brother wrong – even as her plans spiral delightfully out of control.

My review:

I was so happy to get the ARC of Esther Hatch’s newest book coming out next month, ‘A Proper Charade’. This Victorian Romance follows after ‘A Proper Scandal’ but can be read out of order.
When I read a book by Esther I know I’ll love it and that it’ll make me laugh. And so it continues 😁

Lady Patience Kendrick, daughter of a duke, hasn’t grown up and matured into the kind of lady her brother, the current Duke of Harrington, thinks she should be. In one of her brother’s lectures she comes up with the idea that she needs to learn how to work and sneaks away to become a maid for a time. Her brother served under General Woodsworth and she knows she can trust him but when she arrives at the General’s doorstep ready to start her new adventure – she remembers that servants use the servant entrance which she can’t find and forces her way through bushes before coming upon a man. She later learns that is General Woodsworth’s son, Mr. Anthony Woodsworth.

Nothing goes to Patience’s or Anthony’s plans (and Anthony makes a lot of plans!) There were so many great quotes from this book from “This is Miss Patience. She does not have syphilis.” to “Unruliness is the one thing our household needs.” Anthony is so rigid and serious and I loved seeing him be a duck (it’s explained in the book) and I loved Patience’s strong personality that despite not being able to lie, she never truly stopped being herself.

This was a really fun and sweet story. I could see it all play out in my mind and of course I want more and definitely hope there’s another proper book! The pacing was perfect as well as the external and internal conflict between both MCs. Hatch is always great at coming up with original ideas to historical romance and I honestly didn’t know how this would end because of the whole plot being so twisted.

Thank you the publisher for the book. This opinion and review are all my own.

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