The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Jane Austen in this witty, winking historical romance with a dash of mystery!
Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.
But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.
Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.
Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.80(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
A lifelong lover of history and literature, Jennieke Cohen studied English history at Cambridge University before receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. After interning with a literary agent and at Prima Games (an imprint of Penguin Random House), she entered the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. Cohen has worked as a writing consultant and as a ghostwriter and has written prescriptive nonfiction. She is a member of SCBWI, Romance Writers of America, and the Jane Austen Society of North America. When not writing or reading, Cohen can be found watching classic movies, drinking tea, singing opera and musical theater, and planning her next trip to England. She lives in California. You can visit her online at www.jenniekecohen.com, and find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Her life was looking less and less like one of Miss Austen’s novels and more and more like an utter mess. “ I don’t stray much from reviewing Christian fiction & cozy mysteries, but occasionally a book that doesn’t fit either of those categories so captures my attention that I simply have to read/review it when given the opportunity. Such is the case with Dangerous Alliance, a debut Edwardian novel from author Jennieke Cohen. From the great cover to the intriguing blurb, I was hooked. Then I started reading… And I was instantly drawn into the story, too. It starts off with a bang (to poor Vicky’s head) and proceeds to become more layered and complex as it progresses. Weaving in awareness of women’s rights as far as domestic abuse, divorce in those situations, inheritance, etc. all added even more depth to the plot – but there are also plenty of lighter, witty moments that offset the more sobering ones (while still giving this subplot the attention it deserves). For instance, there’s lots of fun banter, as well as Vicky’s amusing courting incidents in her search for a mate out of necessity – in fact, there was more than one scene (especially when Sheldon the butler got involved) that made me chuckle out loud. I also loved that Jane Austen is a contemporary of Vicky’s, for all intents and purposes. While the author herself doesn’t make an appearance in the story, she’s much talked about, particularly as Vicky relates most everything she does to what her favorite (or least favorite) Austen heroines would do. This also prompts some fun conversations between Vicky and Tom (her former best friend from childhood), the latter a mix of Darcy and Knightley for much of the story and not at all understanding what the fuss is about concerning these new novels written by ‘a lady’. Tom’s story is deliciously complex and tragic, and I came to love him as a hero more with every new layer of his past & present that was uncovered. His friendship since childhood with Vicky keeps things interesting between them in the present, as does the uncertainty the author creates as to exactly what his role is in Vicky’s future. There’s more than one viable possibility for a husband – guys with snuff addictions & runaway phaetons & weirdly waggling caterpillar-eyebrows notwithstanding – so it’s not completely clear who will win her heart… until it is. What is certain is that Vicky is feisty and smart and loves fiercely, and anyone who claims her hand in marriage is in for an adventure. “You’re not like Mr. Darcy. And I wouldn’t have you be. You’re you. And I wouldn’t trade you for a dozen perfect gentlemen.” Bottom Line: Dangerous Alliance is a delightful romp through Edwardian England, spurred on by the at-the-time-contemporary novels of Jane Austen & a spirited heroine who loves them. A bit of well-constructed suspense and a sensitively-portrayed subplot involving domestic abuse & women’s rights of the day add depth & dimension to an already-layered plot, and well-timed humor gives the right amount of levity when needed. Not to mention the swoony romance in play, as well, and the novel’s very satisfying conclusion. I look forward to reading more from this author! “Ladies with no dowries find wealthy husbands who cherish them. Worthy men act honorably. Life should be so tidy and end so happily.” (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
What a fun read! There are so many charming things in this book! It has great characters and great pacing. Definitely a delightful book to indulge in!
I loved this premise and sadly, I was quite disappointed. I liked Victoria well enough. She means well, but comes across as very young and spoiled. Tom had potential, but fell flat for me. I did like the sisters of both main characters. Plot wise, it was very dense and slow. There were loads of plot threads and not all of them were needed. My main complaint is that I never actually saw the relationship progress; 3/4 of the way through the story and the male love interest still didn’t know what his feelings were. Overall, it was a fantastic idea, but it didn’t work for me. From the reviews that are already up, it seems I’m in the minority. FYI: talk of men raping household maids and a scene of someone being tied to a bed with the intent to rape being implied **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**