23 October 2017

The Matfen Affair by Jen Black



Amazon UK £1.20

This title is shortlisted for the October Book of the Month

Regency Romance
1800s
England

My word, where to start?

This novel is concerned with little more than marriage. It takes place over the space of a few days as a family is drawn together for a wedding. And little else is on the minds of the guests. But there is a ghost story that is seamlessly blended into the plot and adds a delightful frisson of mystery and danger.

This is pure Austen. A family who want to marry off their youngsters, and that is pretty much the main theme of this novel yet as simplistic as that sounds, it does it perfectly. Even if the ghost story were taken out completely, this tale would still work perfectly. It would still be as readable, it would still flow as smoothly and with the same surprising pace. 

This is an absolute gem of a novel, a delight, one of the best Regency Romances I have ever read. I could not put this down. I read it in a handful of hours and resented the time I had to leave it alone.

As a classic Regency Romance, this is a must if you like the genre. I can't praise it highly enough.

© Nicky Galliers





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