About the book:
This is the announcement of the engagement of The Earl of Denholm to Miss Essie Craven. Welcome to the hottest Season that Regency London has ever seen.
An enemies-to-lovers regency romance that’s like watching an episode of Bridgerton. Perfect for fans of Georgette Heyer, Outlander and Romancing the Duke.
Miss Essie Craven has been engaged since birth to a man she has only met once. The haughty, black-haired man with the intense blue eyes: Aidan Ravell, Earl of Denholm. The most coveted man in all of the Ton.
The day of their marriage is set. The only problem is, spirited Essie dreams of more than being a Countess. She soon finds out that Aidan has his own reasons for not wishing to marry, but is compelled to proceed due to his sense of honour and the financial baggage his father has left him.
So, Aidan and Essie strike up a deal. Essie will find him a more suitable match, and in the meantime they will keep up appearances as the most fashionable couple in all of the Ton.
But soon what is real and what is fake begins to converge. Suddenly, what seemed to be a simple agreement is no longer quite that straightforward . . .
How to Lose an Earl in Ten Weeks is a regency romance published by Penguin, and aimed at the Young Adult market. It is also author Jenni Fletcher’s first foray into YA books.
When Essie was 8 her father arranged her marriage to Aidan Ravell, the future Earl of Denholm. Upon her 18th birthday the plans for her marriage to Aidan is arranged to take place during her debutante season.
Essie dreams of a life without marriage, and she strikes a deal with Aidan to find him a bride so that he will still be able to financially stabilise his family following the death of his financially irresponsible father.
I loved the instant connection between Essie and Aidan, and there were some hilarious moments during the time that Essie was trying to put him off, before reaching a deal. I especially loved her dress choices, and the way Aidan reacted to them! I loved the way in which they became trustworthy friends to one another, with their willingness to put their own reputations on the line for a loved one, before they are able to realise that their feelings have developed further.
I really liked the addition of Essie’s cousin Caro, and her very feisty grandmother. There was even a regency rake within the story to spice things up. The way in which the story was written gave the story almost a feeling of being contemporary, in spite of the historical setting, which I think will really appeal to YA readers. It was fast-paced, romantic and funny and I did not want to put it down, which was why I ended up reading it until 2am last night!
I’m a sucker for a regency romance, and if you love regency romances, or watching/reading Bridgerton, then you will absolutely love this delightful book!
Many thanks to Jenni Fletcher for my proof copy, in exchange for an honest review. How to Lose an Earl in Ten Weeks is out now!