Sometimes, someone will say a book has good banter between the two main characters, and then you read it and it’s like “meh.” That was not the case with The Viscount’s Lady Novelist. The banter between the hero and heroine was borderline addictive. I read almost 100 pages the first day I picked this up. That’s very uncommon for me!
But before I yell my whole review in the intro, let’s discuss! (And make sure to check out the giveaway!)
THE VISCOUNT’S LADY NOVELIST BY ALISSA BAXTER
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Linfield Ladies, Book 2
Harriet Linfield is a lady novelist who has been disillusioned by love. She sets out to write more realistic tales about the emotion when she returns home to Linfield Court for the summer. Vowing to avoid any romantic entanglements along the way, she focuses instead on her writing and her plan to turn the estate she inherited from her uncle into a refuge for orphans.
Oliver, Viscount Wentford, is determined to restore his family fortunes. But his plans for the estate he inherited are in direct opposition to the wishes of Harriet, his new neighbour. Upon meeting her, Oliver is amused when, in response to his provocative comments, she informs him that she intends to make him the villain of her next book. But his amusement swiftly turns to dismay when circumstances align to show him in that exact light.
When an enemy comes back into Harriet’s life, she sees that love isn’t as clear-cut as the romantic tales she pens. But will the viscount manage to discard his villainous mantle to become Harriet’s real-life hero?
This book is an absolute delight. The dialogue, the setting, and the development of Harriet and Oliver were all really well done.
I loved Harriet trying to write and stay away from the people staying at her house but she is thwarted at every moment. LET THE GIRL WRITE!
But love and fate had other things in mind. Mainly Oliver, Viscount Westford. He makes her blush FURIOUSLY. I love it!
I also really loved the discussion of Harriet’s ownership of the estate. She was given a part of it and it gives her the choice to pick who she wants to marry and what she wants to do with her life. That is until she finds out that her father is thinking of selling it to Vicount Westford. He is setting up a coal mine (I think) and could use the land to expand it.
Harriet is horrified. (As was I. THINK OF THE ENVIRONMENT, OLIVER!!)
It also doesn’t help that to get the land, Oliver tells Harriet’s father that he is willing to marry Harriet if they fit well together. Harriet, as you can imagine, is not too happy with that.
Clearly, Oliver does not make a great first, second, or third impression lol.
But luckily, they get to spend time together and she finds that he’s a much better person than she expected.
Unfortunately, Harriet can’t only focus on her possible feelings for Oliver. She also has to worry about the man, Mr. Anderson, whom she recently had feelings for (but who turned out to be a complete shithead). She found out he was a criminal and a smuggler and because Harriet was part of the reason he was arrested, he is after her. He was supposed to be sent to America but he escaped.
Little does Harriet know, that Mr. Anderson isn’t the only one she has to fear. Someone in her house is also trying to hurt her. I absolutely loved the mystery and the intrigue of these moments. And Harriet really proves herself to be a lot stronger than she thinks she is.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Viscount’s Lady Novelist. It was such an easy, fun read, even during the darker moments. If you love historical romance, this is definitely a story you want to check out.
“A charming love story set in the English countryside that’s grounded in impeccable research.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“Alissa Baxter’s writing is period perfect.” ~ Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author of The Matrimonial Advertisement
“This book is gorgeous!” ~ Rachel Burton, author of The Tearoom on the Bay
“A truly traditional Regency romance, with lots of witty banter, very reminiscent of Georgette Heyer. Recommended for anyone who likes a completely clean traditional Regency, with strongly authentic writing, historical accuracy and a satisfying romance. Baxter’s writing is excellent, and her dialogue, manners and settings are true to the era.” ~ Mary Kingswood, author of traditional Regency romances
“While immersing the reader in the mores and life of the Regency era, Alissa Baxter manages to write strong, independent heroines whom modern-day women will cheer and root for. Plus the addition of little details that wrap around the plot and the characters make reading her books all the more special because you never know when you might land on a little Easter egg morsel in the beautiful and engaging prose. Historicals with heart and engaging characters that read real—that’s what you get in Ms Baxter’s books.” ~ Zee Monodee, USA Today bestselling author
About the Author
Alissa Baxter was born in a small town in South Africa and grew up with her nose in a book on a poultry and cattle farm. At the age of eleven, she discovered her mother’s collection of Georgette Heyer novels. The first Heyer novel she ever read was Sylvester and she was hooked on Georgette Heyer after that. She read and reread her novels, and fell totally in love with the Regency period and Heyer’s grey-eyed heroes!
After university, where she majored in Political Science and French, she began writing her first Regency novel, before moving to England, which gave her further inspiration for her historical romances.
Alissa has lived in Durban and Cape Town but she eventually settled in Johannesburg where she lives with her husband and two sons. Alissa is the author of two chick-lit novels, Send and Receive and The Blog Affair, which have been re-released as The Truth About Series: The Truth about Clicking Send and Receive and The Truth About Cats and Bees.
Alissa’s Linfield Ladies Series features women in trend-setting roles in the Regency period who fall in love with men who embrace their trailblazing ways… at least eventually. The Viscount’s Lady Novelist is the second book in this series, following on from The Earl’s Lady Geologist.
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