chasing lady amelia book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Chasing Lady Amelia, the second novel in the Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series written by Maya Rodale, is a tale of what happens when a lady decides she’s tired of acting like one, and when a gentlemen decides to let her.

Amelia Cavendish was thrown into a role that she never wanted to play when her brother, James, became a Duke. Now that they have traveled back to England from America, she not only has to wear uncomfortable dresses and shoes that pinch her toes, but she also has to act like a lady. She can no longer use crude language or explore places on her own…or really explore places at all. Instead, she’s stuck going to balls with the same boring men with the end goal of getting married–or being forced to get married.

Alistair Finlay-Jones has spent the last six years traveling around the world, both running away from his cousin’s death and searching for something he can’t quite put his finger on. When his uncle summons him back to England, he is forced to take his place back in society–something he hates. However, when he finds a drunken woman roaming the streets in the middle of the night, his entire world changes. And when he is ordered by his uncle to marry her or one of her sisters, he escorts her around town, determined to win her heart.

Alistair knows that Amelia will be heartbroken if he finds out about his uncle’s orders, but how will he stop the truth from coming out? And if he can’t, how will he salvage the love he has found with Amelia?

Although I haven’t read the first book in this series, I was able to follow along with this book just fine. I haven’t read anything by Maya Rodale until now, and she definitely has an interesting writing style. Each chapter has a heading that hints at what will happen in it, and although I initially found it a bit annoying, it grew on me. I looked forward to seeing how each scene played out, and how that related to the heading.

Rodale creates very intriguing characters, though I was flustered that she used Darcy as a supporting character…a Darcy an awful lot like Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Amelia is a strong-willed woman who does what she wants no matter the consequences, and Alistair is a handsome man on the fringes of society with a painful secret.

All in all, I did like this book. It was very similar to some other romance novels that I’ve previously read, but aren’t many romance novels one-and-the-same? If you like romance novels in general (like me), this is definitely a good book to read. However, if you are looking for a new take on the romance genre, this isn’t the book for you.

Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.