London 1887 combined with the Wild, Wild West of Buffalo Bill Cody fame, this book had me laughing from the beginning.
Young Charlotte is eager to make her “unofficial debut” into London society. As an American with a prominent old English family, Charlotte is hopeful that her training in etiquette will shortly pay off. The English perspective on American woman was daunting.
According to American-married-to Brit Jennie Jerome Churchill (Lady Randolph Churchill), “In England, the American woman was looked upon as a strange and abnormal creature with habits and manner something between a red Indian and a Gaiety Girl. Anything of an outlandish nature might be expected of her.”
Charlotte had her work cut out for her. As things went from bad to worse, partly helped along by family friend Colonel William F. Cody and his travelling show, Charlotte is recalled back to Colorado by her father after a series of unfortunate events involving Viscount Alexander Hambly.
The beginning is rich with antics that literally had me laughing out loud for much of the book. Crossing two continents and slightly more than 4 years, these characters had me thinking about them even after I was done reading.
My only wish was that the ending was as well-developed as the beginning. This was a fast paced read for me, and took an afternoon. Given the shorter length of the book, I thought there could have easily been a few more chapters to delve more deeply into the situation.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, and I look forward to additional books by this author.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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