Audra Kingsley, a wealthy heiress, may not have seen much of the world, but she knows exactly how she wants her future to play out - and a coming out ball held at her country estate, Kingsley Manor, would suit her just fine. Her father’s wish that she be presented at St. James in London seems silly since she is to marry her neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Lord Crispin Brighton, but she obliges him.
Audra travels to London with her patroness, the eccentric Lady Sutherland, intending to return home as soon as she has curtseyed to the Queen. Unknown to her, Lady Sutherland is in no rush to leave London before the Season is over and intends to show Audra she has more options in the suitor department than Lord Crispin, a second son.
Audra finds herself surrounded by few friends and is forced to attend parties, balls, and operas - all while becoming the object of a secret admirer’s obsession. As Audra struggles to make her way home to her beloved, plans to compromise her into an unwanted marriage are underway.
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
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In Audra by Amanda L.V. Shalaby, Audra Kingsley is a wealthy heiress in age to be presented in St. James in London. While she may have dreamed about that since she was a child, all she dreams about and wants now is to marry friend, neighbor and sweetheart, Lord Crispin Brighton. But until she is presented she won’t be able to marry him. AudrCrispin and Audra have known each other for years, Now as she is to go to London for her presentation, he can’t stand the thought of being separated from her and declares his love for her and asks her to declare her love too to keep him until her return. As Audra is in London with Crispin’s aunt, Lady Sutherland, as her sponsor, she is presented in St. James and goes to the ball in Almack’s. With that done she expects to be able to return home, but Lady Sutherland has other thoughts in mind and decides that Audra must stay in London for the Season until she makes another match. Not only is Audra being kept in London against her will, she is also being pursued by a secret admirer, while interesting, she wishes he would stop sending her notes and that she could be home with Crispin. Crispin’s and Audra’s love will face a few challenges but true love will win in the end with enough determination and faith. But first they will have to face a few people that are willing to go to any lengths to tear them apart. Audra is a sweet and very smart girl, she is faithful and very honest with her thoughts and feelings. Crispin is a handsome and trustful young man, who will stop at nothing to make sure that his love is safe. He may seem to go along with what Audra wants but when he doesn’t hear from her, he knows deep in his heart that she loves him and she must be in trouble so to her rescue he will go. For a very sweet Jane Austen style romance that will entertain you and make you fall in love, Audra by Amanda L.V. Shalaby is great choice.
Amanda L.V. Shalaby once again deposits her readers, light as a feather, into Regency England. This time, young 16-year-old Audra has to endure the ritual of being presented at court in London before she can return home and get married to her fiance, Crispin, the man who stole her heart four years earlier. But a young woman who is heir to a considerable fortune is a prize among the ladies being presented, and Audra finds herself with any number of suitors and a scheming relative who holds her a virtual prisoner in London. For someone so young and innocent, Audra is also intelligent and refined, and manages to adroitly weave her way through the maze of social obligations 19th century England places upon itself. Amanda's lyrical style continues with this book, and her description of the finest of London's ballrooms and drawing rooms makes the reader feel right at home, as if we're the ones having tea and conversations. This is a sweet story of true love and I highly recommend it.
I think Ms. Shalaby must be able to channel Jane Austen. Granted, I’m not a JA expert by any means, but this author’s voice, her style of writing and scene setting are amazing. Often when I read stories about this era (early to mid-1800’s) I feel as though the “correct verbiage” (reticule and the like) comes across somewhat stilted, as though the author has a list of words they must employ, no matter what! Not so this author. She weaves a tale, and formulates her story with such a deft touch, such a fine voice, that one might almost think it was written in that era, instead of now. For all you Regency fans out there – this is a must read. You will love it! Very well done. This reviewer received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review, which is given as a professional courtesy and without monetary compensation.