by Rosalyn Eves
Publication: April 25, 2023
Series: Unexpected Season #1
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For fans of Bridgerton, a Regency romance by Rosalyn Eves about three young women, their big dreams, and a London Season gone awry.
When Thalia, Kalliope, and Charis set off to Regency London for their first Season, they each have clear goals—few of which include matrimony. Thalia means to make her mark among the intelligentsia and publish her poetry, Charis hopes to earn her place among the scientific elite, and Kalliope aims to take the fashionable ton by storm. But this Season, it doesn’t take long for things to fall apart. Kalli finds herself embroiled in scandal and reliant upon an arranged marriage to redeem her reputation, Thalia’s dreams of publication are threatened by her attraction to a charming rake, and Charis finds herself an unexpected social hit—and the source of a family scandal that her heart might not survive. Can this roller-coaster Season find its happily ever after?
An Improbable Season is a voicy, swoony regency drama about falling in love—with another person, with new opportunities, and with yourself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. She is the author of the historical fantasy trilogy Blood Rose Rebellion and Beyond the Mapped Stars. When she’s not reading, writing, or teaching writing at Southern Utah University, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking.
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An Improbable Season is a light, fast-paced read that provides a YA approach to the traditional regency romance. Focused on three girls who have their first season in the ton, the emotions run fast, marriage is on every mother’s mind, and engagements can happen in a matter of minutes. While Kalli is looking forward to parties and socializing, Thalia and Charis are trying to make their mark in different societies–the intelligentsia and the scientific community respectively. However, plans go awry when they finally arrive.
At first I thought the three separate POVs would make it difficult for me to get to know the characters, but it was not an issue at all. Thalia is a poet, and it makes sense that she seeks passion. Charis would rather shun society and be left to her scientific endeavors. Kallia is kind and caring, but it soon backfires on her. Tying all three together is how much they care about one another. Their affection for each other is apparent throughout the book.
With three main characters, Eves does a wonderful job of transitioning from one voice to the other. I appreciated the alternating chapters, which allowed the story to move quickly. It also provided different perspectives of the ton through their different personalities and preferences. The girls’ stories blended well together even as the story jumped from one character to the next; however, it is difficult to fully explore their relationships with more depth.
Although Thalia was initially the character I gravitated toward, Charis was the character I connected with most and liked best. I wished she had more chapters to not only better establish her growing feelings toward her love interested but to explore their connection. Everything happened so quickly. Also, as a Pride and Prejudice fan, it’s the classic Darcy and Elizabeth setup, so how could I not want more? (Anyone else also note the mention of a Mr. Collins and the Gardiners?)
Although I cannot say I was happy with all the turn of events , I thought An Improbable Season was a good read and a nice foray into YA regency. With multiple tropes including forced engagements, enemies to lovers, and close proximity, romance readers will find at least one they likeamd characters to root for.
**Thank you to Fierce Reads for allowing me to be part of the tour. I am also grateful for the eARC and finished copy.**
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