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This is the second book in her new series, about the Westcott family. The MC is the girl who lost her legitimacy in the first book, and is trying to make sense of her life now that she's basically at the mercy of the wind.

I really Camille a lot (surprise!). She is dealing with a legacy of emotional abuse (from her father, the dead guy whose will and general asshole behaviour started the whole thing off), and trying to find out what she's going to do with her life now that being A Proper English Peer is no longer possible. She also learns how to accept help, which is not something she's ever had to do before, and isn't a dick about it. I don't always like stories where girls are forced to confront their privilege by being beaten down (financially, in this case), but Balogh did a really good job of it, and Camille's self-awareness really sold it.

Joel, this book's Dude, also appeared in Book #1. He was a friend of the protagonist (they'd grown up in the orphanage together), and she wrote him letters throughout. Now, he also has to deal with his plans going awry (he and Anna would have had a practical marriage, not a love-match, before, though he does love her a great deal), and also with several revelations.

(The orphanage, btw, is very well off for a Regency-Era orphanage, because the kids in it are ALL illegitimate. Like, a baby shows up in this one left on the door step with a thousand pounds in her blanket, and Joel was also supported by an unknown benefactor until he was 15, and went to school, which the benefactor also paid for. Shenanigans, as you can imagine, ensue.)

ANYWAY, I'm not quite as lit up about this series as I was about the Survivors', but it is interesting to see Regency romance that focuses on class so much. Also, they remain hilarious.

Date: 2017-02-15 09:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tielan
Curious: have you ever read Courtney Milan's Turner series? That (and, I think, the Brothers Sinister) have a fair few class-related issues in their pages, although not as marked as protags growing up in orphanages.

Date: 2017-02-16 01:59 am (UTC)
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I haven't! I've only just got into reading romance novels, and I don't have a lot of spare time, so generally I wait for recommendations. :)

Thanks!

Date: 2017-02-17 03:10 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lyssie.livejournal.com
I also have a rec if you're looking for more class/issues type of things - they're a bit older, but still popcorny and entertaining, but two of Marian Chesney's series' spring to mind:

The Poor Relation Hotel set, and A House for the Season. Both deal very much in the lower classes and their lives (especially the latter).

I'm also a bit fond of the one where the house is evil and has a hold over all of the Daughters of Mannerling (they lose their fortunes a bit).

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