I know I was one of the first people (lucky me!) to review Lucinda Brant's new novel, Salt Redux, because I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy). I love historical romance and always counted Georgette Heyer among my favourite authors, for her wonderful portrayal of the Regency era. In my mind, Lucinda Brant has done the same for the Georgian era, a time in history that perhaps has never had the publicity it deserves. Rich and vibrant, and an age of great initiative, political expansion, and economic growth, the finer details will not escape readers in any of Ms Brant's fabulous books.
It is the year 1763 and King George III is on the throne. Georgian aristocratic life is synonymous with elegance and a devil-may-care pleasure, and the upper classes enjoy a kind of amorality in their love lives. Men, and women, are inclined to take their pleasure where they choose. It is this angle, the tawdry underbelly of high society that the author captures so brilliantly in this eminently readable novel. The rakish, raucous character of the Georgian period is contrasted superbly with the sophistication of the age. The author has created a love story that fans of historical romance will relish. Details of the politics, manners, social mores, and dress are deftly interspersed within the plot lines to fully flesh out the era and the people in it. The author's characterization, even with secondary characters, is accurate and believable. The plot is complex and interesting; the author guides the reader through the maze of misunderstandings without ever giving the game away. The dialogue is witty and sparkling, with the characters' words often belying their actions and vice versa, thus further adding to the love confusion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Five stars. First reviewed for Readers Favorite
by Fiona Ingram