Unmasking Miss Appleby by Emily Larkin

Unmasking Miss Appleby

By Emily Larkin

  • Release Date: 2016-11-07
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
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Description

She’s not who she seems…

On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives an unusual gift from the Faerie godmother she never knew she had: the ability to change shape.
 
Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy.

As Charlotte plunges into London’s backstreets and brothels at Cosgrove’s side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life—and falling in love...

"The best historical romance I have read all year."
~ Rachel @ Heroes & Heartbreakers

*Desert Isle Keeper*
~ Caz @ All About Romance

"Sexy, unusual, and vastly entertaining."
~ Anna Campbell, author of the Dashing Widows series

Q & A with the author

Q - How would you describe this series?

A - It's a blend of magic and Regency England. I guess you could say it’s “Jane Austen meets Maleficent”, or perhaps “Pride and Prejudice and Baleful Faerie Godmothers”. I hope to take readers on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England – with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix.

I think the series could also be labelled Regency Noir, because it falls on the darker, grittier side of the romance fence, although each book contains humor, too. The stories are emotional, but not sweet (there’s sex, violence, and my heroes do swear rather badly at times!).

Q - Why did you write this series?

A - I wanted to get my well-bred heroines out of the drawing rooms and put them in the way of adventure and romance. But I didn’t want to write a series where magic is common; I wanted to write a series where only a few characters have magic, and it’s a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.

Q - But … do magic and Regency England go together?

A - Definitely! Many, many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I’ve thought that Regency England and magic go very well together. I'm not the only writer who thinks so. Just look at Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist Histories and Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Q - What was the catalyst for this series?

A - A magazine article I read years ago where celebrities were asked what magic power they’d choose and why. That got me thinking! (I’d choose shapeshifting, by the way.)

Q - How would you describe your writing?

A - Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She’s why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you’ve not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I’ve also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.

Q - Who would like this series?

A - This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, the dark and sensual ‘noir’ feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!

Q - What order should I read the series in?

A - Each book, whether a novel or novella, can be read as a standalone, but many readers prefer to read them in order. And although the series is set in Regency England, a quartet of medieval novellas form the prequel.

The ideal reading order would be:

The Fey Quartet (series prequel)
Maythorn’s Wish
Hazel’s Promise
Ivy’s Choice
Larkspur’s Quest

The Baleful Godmother series
Unmasking Miss Appleby
Resisting Miss Merryweather
Trusting Miss Trentham
Claiming Mister Kemp
Ruining Miss Wrotham
Discovering Miss Dalrymple

Plus three more interlinked Baleful Godmother series to come.

Happy reading!

Reviews

  • Wonderful different story

    5
    By Lynne70
    This is the first book in this genre I have read not sure I believe in fairies but have lots of celt blood so maybe. The story is lovely it's about a girl whose father dies and she is sent to live with an uncle and aunt who spend her money and mistreat her.She is visited by a fairy on her birthday who gives her a wish she uses this wish to escap. That's all I'm saying buy and read the book it's well written and got twists and turns and is very well worth your time and money I enjoyed it so much I have just purchased more by this talented author and believe me I am hard to please
  • Unmasking Miss Appleby

    5
    By AVWEK
    I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is one of the most unusual books I have ever read. A heroine who could metamorphose at will. I loved it. The earl was believable and his problems were real however the cause of those problems was a surprise right to the end of the book and it was not obvious. Meanwhile the secret ability of the earls secretary meant that he could help find the perpetrator without being caught. A great piece of imagination in a very well written book. I look forward to reading more by this author.

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