lady maybe book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

New story. New publisher. Same Julie Klassen.

Julie Klassen’s newest offering to the world of regency, Lady Maybe, throws you into the danger and romance from the first page. A husband trying to pull his wife away from an affair. A lady’s maid trying to run from scandal. A violently deadly carriage accident. And three people’s lives are changed forever. Our main character awakens from the accident in a place she’s never seen and with people she’s never met. She only remembers fragments of her life before the accident and the lie she has found herself in.

With the start of an affair, I was honestly wondering where Klassen was taking us. Was this going to be a typical  “clean” Klassen novel? No worries. Klassen twists and turns everything to keep you guessing, and, in the end, Lady Maybe has turned out to be maybe my favorite Klassen novel to date.

This is one of the first books I can remember where I truly didn’t know who the main character was going to end up with, and to tell you the truth, I wasn’t ever sure which hero I was routing for.  A nod to Sweet Home Alabama, where both heroes are great guys and you really don’t know who you want her to end up with (although I’m pretty sure I knew which guy Reese Witherspoon was going to pick, and loved her choice in the end).

I also felt like Lady Maybe had touches from While You Were Sleeping–with a regency twist. Everyone waking up from a horrible accident and an innocent lie that turns way more complicated as it goes on.

While the main twist is revealed (and I figured it out fairly quickly anyways) almost up front, there are enough questions to keep you reading–late into the night, might I add. The biggest twist coming towards the end will make your jaw drop, and I did a little giggling happy dance when it was finally revealed who our loveable main character was whisked off her feet by. This is a book I did not want to put down! I even found myself picking it up in between stoplights on my commute!

Two thumbs way up and standing applause for Julie Klassen’s Lady Maybe.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Christen is a ravenous reader, wanna be author, Litfuse Nester, and slightly addicted to coffee. Lives in Arkansas with her husband and three mini people. Connect with her at her blog: http://ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @ChristenKrumm.

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