Mary Green

Melanie Kerr. Stonehouse (LitDistCo, U.S. dist.; Literary Press Group, Canadian dist.), $32.95 (316p) ISBN 978-0-9866494-4-8
Kerr's heroine, Mary Green, delightfully combines Anne Shirley's naivety with Emma Woodhouse's strength of mind in a debut historical novel filled with the magic and romance of Cinderella. Mary, an orphaned ward of her uncle Sir Richard Hargreaves, decides on her 21st birthday to leave behind his Oxfordshire house along with her cousins' and aunt's air of superiority. But before she has the chance, a lawyer unexpectedly arrives to hand her a shockingly large inheritance from her adoptive parents, Sir Richard's sister and her husband, who died when Mary was five. Suddenly wealthy and independent, she sets off for a new life in London. Her quest to figure out who she is both biological and metaphorically is a joy. Kerr uses dialogue and colloquialisms that authentically evoke the Regency era. The cast of secondary characters—including Mary's quippy chaperone, Mrs. Burrows; the entitled but loveable Carrington sisters; the resourceful and talented dressmaker Graham; and the puzzling Ingles brothers—all help to draw readers into this fairy tale. Mary is so captivating that readers will readily suspend any disbelief to see her get to a happy ending. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/04/2016
Release date: 05/01/2016
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-9866494-5-5
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