An avid Jane Austen fan gets caught up in a marriage scheme similar to her favorite author's characters. Coincidence?
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BOTM Editorial Team
During the holiday season, I take my reading agenda very seriously. Few months are as productive for my reading life as December, when I can plow through books on train rides, in my family’s home, while I’m
pretending to be watching the ball drop… the list goes on. It’s often a time for me to tackle a classic I’ve long wanted to read, or to sink into a big, sweeping story from a new author. So what better book to read than Dangerous Alliance—a long and big-hearted debut inspired by a classic author, Jane Austen.
The book follows Lady Vicky Aston, a smart, brave, and bookish heroine who turns to the works of Jane Austen when she needs help with basically any kind of problem. But when Vicky’s sister reveals that her seemingly-perfect marriage is in fact abusive, Vicky must find her own husband to financially support her sister’s escape—a search that’s far more complicated than her favorite novels suggest.
Whether you’ve got Mr. Darcy’s name tattooed on your chest, or you’ve never so much as cracked the spine of Pride and Prejudice, there is so much to love about Dangerous Alliance. It’s a love story; it’s a mystery; it’s a fun romp through historical England; it’s a thoughtful look at the ways societal taboos and a lack of financial freedom have trapped women in abusive relationships. More than anything, this charming, satisfying story is just the thing to escape into over the holidays.
Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.
But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.
Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.
Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.
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The references to Jane Austen’s work helped establish the setting. I appreciate research the author did. I felt the book had a nice flow up until end. It was still a great read, it just felt rushed.
This book has the appeal of being set in the same era as Jane Austen and mostly uses authentic language, but isn't dense and sometimes difficult to understand like Austen. Cute romances! Well-written.
The beauty of any Austen lover is that they can apply Austen into their lives wherever they go. That is exactly what Victoria does within the pages of these books at a time when women needed her most
Long book but reads quickly! The Austen obsession bit was a little much but otherwise it was very well done. Especially liked that it dealt with domestic violence in an era where women had no rights.
South Portland, ME
Such a fun Austen inspired story. I loved the fact that Jane Austen is a real person in this world, and Vicky's obsession with her is super relatable. The mystery and romance angles were both so good!
A historical fiction with a bit of mystery and romance. Enjoyed how the main character channels the various Austen characters as she faces different social situations in her life. A light-hearted read
Los Angeles, CA
I wish there was a ranking between Love and Like. The setting and the basic story were good, but the author’s writing felt like it was trying to sound like Austen, but missed. Altogether a fun read.
This book takes Jane Austen's novels and turns them into a mystery. I love how the author incorporates all of Austen's works into the book, and the characters have different thoughts about the books.
Jane Austen is my favorite novelist & classic literature of the type are my jam. This book proved true to its tribute for the author, but had a realistic spin to romance at the same time. Swooning.
Rockwood , PA
Think P&P, only Mr. Wickham's got SPOILERS, Jane/Lydia is filing for divorce (bc abuse) and Mr. Darcy is openly a bit nicer. I loved the societal conspiracies, not too much romance. Great read. :)
I enjoyed this book so much I read it in a day. I liked how you got both Vicky and Tom’s points of view of what’s happening. It’s an easy and enjoyable read. Fans of Jane Austen will love it!
I’m Surprised this is considered a YA! Perhaps because the love is PG-13, but there are some deep issues like abuse and rape as well. It’s so well written, though, and I loved the characters!
I love Jane Austen, and this book is a sleuthy version of one of hers. I found it highly satisfying and the twist in the ending did actually surprise me a bit. Highly recommended for Austen fans.
Winston Salem, NC
It was just what I was looking for! A perfect Austen inspired Regency romance with a twist, and I loved that both love interests were legitimate and that our lovely protag Vicky never backs down.
Mountlake terrace, WA
Regency romance at its finest! I loved the characters and the story and enjoyed how Jane Austen is real and a reference point for the characters to understand themselves and whats happening :)
New Port Richey, FL
I adored this book! It is exactly what I was looking for to read over the holidays. I read it with my best friend, and we could not have had a better time giggling and speculating together. :)
Personally, I had a little trouble getting into the flow of this book. However, once I got started I couldn't put it down. Written like an Austen with twists and turns, and of course, romance.
Sherman Oaks, CA
This is a super fun historical fiction read reminicent of Austen herself with many references to her first four novels. More of a YA than most historical fiction i have read, but really cute.
Spokane , WA
This was a perfect mix of historical fiction, romance, and mystery all in one! I loved the historical tidbits that were shared throughout and the headstrong main character was wonderful!
I loved this Regency romp based on the story of a Jane Austen fangirl and her quest to find her own love story. It was such an adorable story, but also full of twists and turns!