A Lady To Treasure

Romance - Historical
302 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2024
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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

With an impending war threatening their economy, Louisa Silverton’s father sent her to England with a precise instruction - she was to secure a financially strong match. With her knack for calculating profits, Louisa had no trouble finding suitable candidates. However, her brazen comments about marrying for financial gain raised a few eyebrows. On the other hand, Sarah Davenport tried her best to keep the Kenilborough estate afloat while paying off her family’s exorbitant debts. When Louisa and Sarah met, their initial antagonism slowly developed into mutual admiration. Or was it something more? Struggling against a judgmental society, will the duo be able to express their true feelings? Find out in A Lady to Treasure, a historical fiction novel by Marianne Ratcliffe.

I loved how the author transported readers to the Regency era, replete with enormous estates, opulent households, and lavish balls. Even the language had a cadence that suited the period piece. Marianne Ratcliffe gave her characters unique personality traits, some of which I found admirable. Sarah and Louisa captivated me with their strength and resilience. I admired how Louisa learned to follow her heart and not her head. Sarah's character arc, where she learned to trust and depend on her friends, was also satisfactory. The slowly blossoming romance, unacknowledged by most, made me root for the protagonists. I loved the slow dance depicted, where the duo came closer, only to be moved apart by their unavoidable circumstances. While the romantic subplot gained importance, I commend the author for authentically portraying the socio-economic and political aspects that served as the perfect backdrop and helped advance the storyline. I recommend A Lady to Treasure to anyone who enjoys historical romance.