Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.
Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.
Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.
Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.
This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.
Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes.This book is a fun YA historical romantic adventure. The mystery is easy to solve but it is still fun to ride along with Agnes and Caedmon to figure out how all the puzzle pieces fit together. It is set in the time of England's regency period during the time of a Napoleonic threat. Agnes is born of privilege, but because of her father's station and love she is indulged in learning and mastered 10 languages. She is enthralled with A Lady's books (Jane Austin) and frequently quotes them as situations arise. Because of these things, Agnes is want of more than just a husband; she wants a life.
She is pursued by Lord Showalter, the most eligible and wanted bachelor of London. Agnes, of course, finds him dull and is drawn to the one that challenges her on the intellectual, emotional and physical levels. The one man she cannot have due to her station; the one more handsome than Mr. Darcy would be himself, Caedmon. Despite this obstacle, they work together to solve a mystery Agnes stumbled upon. One that may save England from France.
I give this fun book 4 stars. I recommend it to anyone who loves regency romances, Jane Austin, and a bit of Egyptology and history thrown together. It might be predictable, but it still doesn't take away from a fun bit of YA read. It is to be published tomorrow, May 24th.
I received this eGalley from the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.