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The Season [Kindle Edition]

Sarah MacLean
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Murder, treason, ballgowns, and boys . . . Regency London has never been so deliciously treacherous, adventure-filled, or . . . romantic!

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued -- in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.

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About the Author

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for her own season. She lives in New York with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She is currently at work on her next book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YER02G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 24 Mar. 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford is being introduced into Regency London this season. Too bad she doesn't fit in with her sharp tongue and the fact that she hates dress fittings. The last thing Alex wants is to marry, which is why her mother, the Duchess, is so thrilled it is finally her season.

While Alex attends lavish balls and extravagant dinner parties with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, she also manages to uncover an important secret involving Gavin Blackmoor, a family friend. His father, the Earl, was killed, and Alex wants to help Gavin find the murderer.

In the process of growing closer to Gavin, she finds her feelings changing, and realizes that maybe marriage and love aren't as bad as she thought them to be.

I am a big historical fiction fan, and this book did not disappoint. Sarah MacLean wrote a beautiful debut novel that was hard to put down. Alex's character was witty and fun. She seemed like someone I would be friends with! Gavin was a handsome character who was also sweet.

If you ever come across THE SEASON, you should definitely pick it up. It was great, and I recommend it to anyone!

Reviewed by: Ashley B
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unlike most young ladies from titled families in Regency England, seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford, daughter of the Duke of Worthington, is not looking forward to her debut in London Society. Neither are Alex's two friends, Ella and Vivi. Alex dreads the thought of marriage, as she is an independent thinker and feels most men just want a pretty wife with no thoughts of her own.

Gavin Sewell, their neighbor, is a close friend of Alex's three older brothers and Alex's childhood protector. Gavin's father, the Earl of Blackmoor, recently died under mysterious circumstances, and now Gavin has inherited his title. Gavin has many doubts that his father's death was truly an accident, especially after his home is robbed. Alex has her suspicions too, and wants to help Gavin. But in the process, despite her opposition to marriage, Alex finds herself losing her heart and falling for Gavin, but she is unsure what his feelings for her are.

Even though I am a few years older then the target audience, I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of the historical romances I enjoyed as a teenager, such as the Sunfire and Avon True Romance series. I'd highly recommend this book to teen girls who enjoy historical romances, as well as older readers who still enjoy young adult fiction. It's a light, enjoyable read with a good blend of romance, history, and mystery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE! 3 Feb. 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
BEWARE THIS IS A TEENAGE BOOK! This is not made clear in the 'blurb' I bought it after enjoying 'Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake' and was severely disappointed - it was not worth the money.
As a teenage book it might be entertaining enough but its extremely unrealistic in terms of its social conventions -for example, everyone knows that a seventeen year old girl would never be allowed to go to a ball with an unrelated male without her mother or chaperone in tow. Obviously this is a plot device but unrealistic. The main character is annoyingly impulsive but perhaps that is true of some 17 year old girls. Buy it at your risk! A disappointment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but full of period errors. 1 July 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I didn't realise that this was a teens book when I purchased it as another reviewer says it is, if it is. The main female character and her friends are 17. However, a number of the heroines in Georgette Heyer's Regency books are 16+.

It states on the back of the book that it is histoically accurate re. research. Okay, yes as most of us know who know a little about the Napoleonic wars, Napoleon did escape from Elba and round up supporters. This ended in the battle of Waterloo. So that is correct.

However, her social research of the time is poor to non-existant. 1) As one reader has already stated, an unrelated male would not escort a young unmarried female to a ball. 2) Young ladies (under 21) who were unmarried, were expected to wear only white, or the very palest pastels as evening and ball gowns, to indicate virginal innocence. Under no circumstances would they have worn emerald green, especially to Almacks. They would in all probability have been turned away at the door. 3) Also, no young unmarried lady was allowed to dance a Waltz without the express permission of one of the Patronesses of Almacks, who would vet the male partner first before allowing the couple to dance. So Gavin swinging her into the "opening waltz" would not have happened. Not many waltzes where played at Almacks anyway, as even in 1815, they were considered 'fast' and not the thing. 4) Women didn't wear whalebone corsets in the Regency period. They came in in Victorian times because the waist went back to it's natural level and the hour glass figure was all the vogue. Regency women wore stays; either short stays (more or less the length of a modern long-line bra), or long stays. Stays were not reinforced by whalebone, rather the seams were were rolled and double stiched to give support.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 15 Aug. 2010
By Tester
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Season" is a very entertaning historical romance that made me happy and is not only perfect for teens/twens.

Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra, Alex for her friends, couldn't be less interested in her first season in London society. And she's not the only one. Her two best friends Ella and Vivi are also not excited about being paraded in front of eligible men. The three young women are more interested in politics and books than in pretty dresses.
Alex can't imagine choosing one of the men she meets for marriage. However when she meets Gavin, the earl of Blackmoor, again she is definitely interested in him. For years she thought of him as her fourth brother but time has changed their relationship and Alex realizes that her first season could be way more interesting than she thought.
When the three girls realize that some mysterious things are going on they start to investigate on their own. Will they solve the mystery and will Alex and Gavin get a HEA?

"The Season" is the second book by Sarah MacLean that I read and it's another winner. I enjoy her way of telling a story and how she captures my interest in the characters and what is happening to them.
Alex is a great heroine. She's an intelligent young woman who on the one hand knows that she is lucky to be rich and titled but on the other hand she wishes for more freedom. She's very opinionated and not shy about stating her mind. I loved reading about her and her two friends Ella and Vivi. Their friendship added a lot to the story.
I also enjoyed how Alex and Gavin's relationship developed. Nothing was rushed and both had the chance to become clear about their feelings. Gavin is another great character and I loved that he appreciates that Alex has her own mind.
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