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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
A Little Noble by Janet R. Macreery is a historical fiction story that follows a young teen protagonist, Mercy Laroche, as she travels through Scotland after being dispatched to deliver her uncle's message to a Mr. Kingsnot Silver. Abandoned by her chaperone following a tragic accident that literally had Mercy flying from her coach, she is found by a boy of the same age, Calum, as she attempts to collect herself for whatever is to come. Mercy is bent on completing the mission to ensure the destiny of her own family and is forced to rely on Calum to assist her in finding the nobleman, for whom she only has a name, making their way through the 17th-century highlands and placing them at the real mercy of nature, clans, and the devastating history that Calum himself has endured.
A Little Noble is a well-written book with an extensive display of historical detail that Janet R. Macreery delivers with panache. Mercy is not an immediately likable character, whether this is by design or is just my own personal opinion. She's headstrong and intelligent, aspects of her personality that serve her well as the story progresses, but she also has the defiant and frequently ornery outbursts that make her relatable as a teenager but sometimes put her at odds with the authenticity of the century she inhabits. I'm perfectly comfortable with this and felt it appropriate, even welcome, as Calum is able to counterbalance Mercy for a perfect pairing. This is an excellent adventure story that takes place in a gorgeously depicted landscape that is a great fit in the middle-grade genre.