Amazing!! I’m totally in love with this book!
Annabelle owns the most famous biscuit shop in all of regency Bath, Belles. An institution that has people coming back for more (to the extent that I really really want her recipe!!!)
Samuel is a naval captain who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar and who is in Bath with his grandparents as he may inherit an earldom (he really doesn’t want to and just wants to go back to his ship). He meets Annabelle when trying to distract her so his friend could get aquatinted with her assistant
This book looks at the differences in society at the time and how people were treated differently depending on what they did and who they were. Annabelle is the granddaughter of a duke, but her family cut off all contact with her mother when she married a footman, it also resulted in her being cut in society. As a result Annabelle is prejudiced towards the aristocracy and how they treat people. Samuels grandmother is a baroness and a very formidable lady who liked Annabelles mother when she was originally in society and offers to reintroduce her. It’s a difficult subject that doesn’t always get thought about that is written really well and pulls the reader in deeper
I loved Annabelle’s independence and the fact that she doesn’t always behave perfectly, she has a lot of spirit and it made me adore her as a character. It took a bit longer for me to warm to Samuel but once I understood why he was like he was I loved him as much as Annabelle
As this is the first in a series, I’m so looking forward to the next one coming out, I’m addicted to these characters and their stories!
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance with unconventional characters who jump off the page and make you hope for their happy ending
AM 🐾 x