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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Regrettable Charade is a work of fiction penned by author Laura Beers in the historical romance, interpersonal drama, and suspense subgenres, and is the sixth novel in the Lords & Ladies of Mayfair book series. The work is best suited to the general adult reading audience. The saga continues as we are introduced to Lady Octavia Westlake, who, driven by a promise to her ailing mother, faces the glittering but demanding social season with trepidation. Amidst persistent advances from a rake, she grapples with societal expectations. The Marquess of Kendal, Harred Woodville, plagued by a fear of failure, encounters Octavia unexpectedly, sparking an intriguing connection. Their friendship deepens as they unite to ease Octavia's mother's suffering, providing solace in each other's company. Yet, looming danger challenges their choices and commitment to love and happiness.
Author Laura Beers has crafted a delightful journey into Regency romance with a compelling narrative, adeptly blending societal expectations, the fear of failure, and the blossoming of an unexpected connection. The characters of Octavia and Harred are nuanced and endearing. I really enjoyed the careful crafting of their relationship dynamic with attitudes that are suitable for the time but also reflect emotional sensibilities and intrinsically human emotions that we all recognize, making their journey relatable and engaging. The novel masterfully captures the spirit of the Regency era, too, in its excellent employment of atmospheric description, attention to detail, and rakish wit while delivering a clean and wholesome romance that readers of all sensibilities can enjoy. Beers weaves a tale that is both heartwarming and suspenseful to the very end in a captivating addition to the Lords & Ladies of Mayfair series. Overall, I would certainly recommend A Regrettable Charade to fans of the series so far.