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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Runaway Star is a work of fiction in the historical, interpersonal drama and Regency fiction sub-genres, and was penned by author Gretta Curran Browne. In this fourth installment of The Lord Byron Series we see our central figure’s fame on the rise owing to the response to his latest works. But rumors follow Byron everywhere, not least those spread by people who were once close to him. His new adventures see him take to travel and meeting other figures, trying to put thoughts of Mary Chaworth out of his mind. So begins another torrid account of this real-life historical figure and his truly fascinating life.
Author Gretta Curran Browne takes much of her inspiration and detail directly from the letters, works, and diaries of Lord Byron, and it shows in every detailed facet of this excellent historical fictionalized work. What really stands out to make this so much more readable than a simple biography is the artistic license used to bring Byron and his contemporaries to life, lighting them up with fantastic dialogue, beautiful views of Regency England and Europe, and the society-obsessed way of life that he often raged against in his own way. I really appreciated the gossipy nature of the work and its focus on reputation and social standing, which will surely please fans of classics like the works of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. Overall, I would definitely recommend A Runaway Star to fans of the existing series, but also to anyone looking to enter the world of historical writing with an accomplished author.