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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Lady Charlotte: Ladies of Disgrace is an historical romance written by Vicki Hopkins. Lady Charlotte was simply not interested in emulating the behavior expected of women of her class. She was not going to play the submissive, quiet and modest woman of good breeding. It simply wasn’t in her nature or in her upbringing. Her mother and father were unconventional spirits, and her mother had been her father’s mistress before becoming his wife. They instilled in their daughter an awareness of others outside of their privileged class. Charlotte’s cousin, Cedric, was determined to teach her how to function in polite society, and he knew just the man to help him with this task. Albert Beckett’s chiseled features and manly good looks were breathtaking, but Charlotte was immediately repulsed by his arrogant and overbearing mannerisms. Each of them was determined to win Cedric’s challenge to see who would dominate the other, and Cedric’s companions wagered heavily on their predicted favorite.
Vicki Hopkins’s historical romance novel, Lady Charlotte: Ladies of Disgrace is an entertaining tale about a liberated young widow who doesn’t suffer fools gladly, even when they are drop-dead gorgeous. The author’s heroine is a grand character whose ability to spot hypocrisy and impatience with the classism of well-to-do society is a breath of fresh air. Her cousin’s challenge, in the person of the insufferable Albert, makes for a sparkling comedy of manners as the two spar, draw blood, and find themselves desperately trying not to fall in love. Hopkins’s plot is finely honed, and her writing style is smooth and assured. Lady Charlotte: Ladies of Disgrace is most highly recommended.