Recent British Fiction Reads

Today I’m sharing some thoughts on four British fiction books: two contemporary and two historical. They all felt very different but I enjoyed each one. I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these or will be picking one up!

Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters

This was a cute and fun read. It has all those quintessential things you want in your British fiction. Tagging along with Evie on her meet-cute trials was funny and at times I got secondhand embarrassment on her behalf. I did a hybrid reading (part book, part audio) and I really enjoyed the narrator. All around, a nice, lighthearted read.

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

I loved Lucy Parker’s London Celebrities series and as a devoted fan of GBBO, I was so excited to read this new one by her. I started it in paperback and then moved to audio to listen while I drove to visit family. The narrator is top-notch in my opinion (she’s narrated all of Lucy’s books so far), and I highly recommend it on audio.

The book itself was so fun and I loved how the relationship developed slowly between Dominic and Sylvie. I think the narrator brought a lot to the story and is part of what drew me in so quickly.

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins

I really liked this one! I listened to it on audio and I think that made the experience that much better. I loved the narrator and will definitely be seeking out other books she does.

The dynamic between Katherine and Andrew was great and made for such a fun read. The mystery whodunit aspect added fantastic tension, and it took me by surprise at a few moments! I had to pause and rewind the audio at one point because I was shocked at what had been revealed. Loved how it all unfolded.

The side characters were just as strong, and I can’t wait to read the next in the series to find out more about Caro and Val!

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin

This was a pretty fun read! I loved how headstrong and determined Kitty was. She wasn’t shy about being ambitious in her endeavors, even if it did make her an unlikeable “fortune-hunter.” Radcliffe was such a great character and Kitty’s perfect counterpart. I loved their back-and-forth banter, I only wish there was more of it! I would have loved if the story had leaned into those interactions more. I wanted to see Radcliffe teaching her manners, butting heads with her, and whatnot, in real-time.

This feels really close to a true historical romcom, I just wish there had been more of Kitty and Radcliffe on the page together more often. Looking forward to reading more from this author!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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