Chocolate Book Review no. 5 - The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown
To be completely fair I usually try to find something to criticise in the books I review, but was hard pressed to do so here. I did get confused by the large number of characters and occasionally had to go back and remind myself who some people were, but in any book set in several large households in the early Victorian era (where each character has both a name, a title and a nickname) that's bound to be an issue. I also thought that the ending was just a little too improbable, but I accept that suspension of disbelief is generally a prerequisite for enjoying a good story.
I have also made it something of a personal mission to check books set in Britain but written by Americans to ensure that they don't include such strange alien things as chipmunks (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), rutabagas and acorn squash (English Trifle by Josi Kilpack) or characters who say bad things about the National Health Service (Pursued by Lynn Gardner). I found only one error of this sort in the entire book: a character referred to autumn as "fall". Having said that, although no British person would use the word "fall" to mean the season in modern times, it may be that they did in the nineteenth century.
All in all, the book drew me in, and was a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.