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Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen
Young adult

Dangerous Alliance


We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Jennieke Cohen, on your first book!

by Jennieke Cohen

Quick take

An avid Jane Austen fan gets caught up in a marriage scheme similar to her favorite author's characters. Coincidence?

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    400+ pages

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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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Why I love it

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.

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Member ratings (740)

  • Alyssa K.

    Tonawanda, NY

    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.

  • Polet B.

    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.

  • Maria R.

    Portland, OR

    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

  • Liesel F.

    Longmont, CO

    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.

  • Devon T.

    Layton, UT

    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.