An intriguing debut but I’m still not sure how I feel about it!

The Rake's Regress (To the Manor Reborn, #1)The Rake’s Regress by Lollie Plantagenet

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what to say about this book.

I don’t like cliffhangers and this stops with a sort of one, it’s a morass of different tropes and none dominates, none of the characters are particularly sympathetic.

And yet, it’s an utterly absorbing narrative which draws you in as you try to get your head round what’s actually going on.

I can’t say it had a sense of place to me, it’s set in Yorkshire but could be anywhere, there’s nothing to really identify the location as being uniquely Yorkshire.

It also is an Edwardian historical, but again apart from the references to titles and servants, there wasn’t much which gave it a sense of the past.

But the quality of writing is excellent, as is the imagination needed to come up with this idea in the first place. I would recommend it for lovers of quirky and kinky but it’s also not particularly sexy or erotic yet either.

It’s a puzzle and that’s why my rating falls in the middle. Even with the cliffhanger, I’m not sure I’m invested enough to read more. I’m not ruling it out though.

An intriguing debut.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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