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Short Review: The Debutante’s Dilemma by Elyse Mady

The Debutante’s Dilemma by Elyse Mady

3 out of 5 stars
Published by Carina Press

Little romance novella set in Regency England. Debutante Miss Cecelia Hastings is being courted by two of the most eligible bachelors of the whole empire. Yet before she can make a choice between the two of them, she has to ask them something. Something of the utmost discretion.

Even though I generally dislike love-triangles, I got this novella for free, so I figured I’d give The Debutante’s Dilemma a try. Because the choosing between the two men was actually the focus of the story, it felt less of a convenient “hey, let’s make our heroine’s love life a more exciting!” but a genuine plot. It fits the time period, where marriage is on the top of a girls mind.

Because this book is so short, there is not much time to have some more in-depth info about the characters, and I had a hard time to keep Cecelia’s suitors apart. For me their character was pretty much interchangeable, not having seen them enough to remember their distinct personalities.

The resolution of the plot was rather rushed, just a mention afterwards. I myself didn’t even get it at first, because there’s just some hinting at, and no direct description. Ms Mady uses a lot of fancy words, which fits the book, but doesn’t make it easier to read. As English is not my first language, I was glad my Kindle had a dictionary function, or I probably would have put this book down.

It’s a historical M/F/M novella, available for a very decent price. If you’re into this kind of books, you will probably like The Debutante’s Dilemma.

One woman in search of passion
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