Author: Victoria Alexander
Genre: Historical Romance
My Copy: ARC via NetGalley
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Synopsis: The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor…
Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.
Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.
Until they do.
A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion: That true love—unlike the perfect wedding—is impossible to plan…
I’ve read a few of Victoria Alexander’s books in the past and I’m always annoyed with myself for not keeping up with her. She’s definitely an author I’ve enjoyed and when the opportunity came to take part in the blog tour for The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance. Even though it’s the fourth book in the series you can easily pick this up and is very much a standalone novel.
We have really good character development and have a wide array of characters that play a vital role. Our main characters are Jackson Quincy Graham Channing and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow. I adored Jackson! I felt bad for his upbringing in terms of a shocking secret which I won’t go into detail because it would be a major spoiler. I liked that he’s noble and honest. He’s definitely a breath of fresh air! Then there’s Teddy who must plan society events to keep up appearances. She’s a hard worker and dare I say, a bit embarrassed at what she has to do, but does it with her head held high. Then we have Jackson’s family including an outspoken Aunt and Cousin. I freaking adored the Channing family! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series in order to spend time with them.
Narrative is third person but several times felt as if it were being told in the present. By that I mean, Alexander’s use of words. For example, instead of referring to Jackson’s father by his name, she’d write using “his father” if Jackson is in the scene. Most of the time it didn’t bother me very much, but a few times it would throw me off and I’d have to reread the sentence. It’s just a minor detail that caught me off guard. The big treat in Shocking Secret is the banter between the characters! I had so much fun while reading the dialogue, but at times it felt a bit drawn out. I admit to being frustrated a few times with the overall pace of the novel and often felt like skimming the page just to move on, but I didn’t.
What I really enjoyed about Alexander’s Shocking Secret honestly were Sam, Gray, and Jackson! I wish Alexander would give us a novella or two featuring these three and their antics. I liked how they naturally adopted Jack and just became good friends. Maybe it’s due to some bro code or something, but again I just loved these three together. Though if I have one complaint it’s with the final pages of the novel and I just didn’t like it. The epilogue helped, but it just didn’t feel as the right path for the characters.
Overall, Victoria Alexander’s The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding was a lovely read. If you enjoy slower paced historicals, you’ll want to check out Shocking Secret. I can’t wait to go back and read the rest in the series.
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