A delightfully spectacular Regency read set against the horse flesh centric community of Newmarket, it doesn't get any better than this!
This may be my favorite book by Kristi Ann Hunter yet, a thoroughly satisfying Regency read, cleverly weaving threads of social intrigue evocative of the time, with protagonists that I couldn't help but cheer for all the way through. Engaging and nearly impossible to put down, filled with heart and humor along the way. But that's not all, there are HORSES! As if I didn't already have enough reason to love this book, Ms. Hunter goes and plays her trump card by bringing this community driven by a passion for horses to life, making it a turning point at which many of the characters bond over the course of the book.
I knew that I would love Bianca from the very first page, with her love of horses and eschewing of the social acrobatic games. She is clever, with a quick wit, sincere heart, with the ability to be honest with herself, and gets a task done on her own terms, along with her modern sense of practicality.
Hudson is determined and genuine, I admired his willingness to confront what he didn't know head-on, and acknowledge his need for help.
This book is stellar on so many levels, with well crafted characters, and supporting characters, as well as some familiar faces from previous books by this author. The author finds ways to say so much simple interactions. I loved the amazing friendship dynamics in so many of the relationships between characters, many of which I am hoping get their own stories in future books as there is still quite a bit of mystery around them. My vote for the next books in the series is a tie between Aaron Whitworth and Lord Rigby--seems like there could be more to his story too. One of my favorite books this year, I can't stop gushing about it. HIGHLY recommend!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.