Thomas, Sherry. The Luckiest Lady in London. New York: Berkley Sensation, 2013. Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0425268889 | 276 pages | Victorian Romance
The Luckiest Lady in London was selected by OSRBC (one of the Facebook groups I’m in) as one of the Monthly Reads, and despite initial reticence, due both to past experience with Sherry Thomas’ historical romances and some of the elements of the blurb, I picked it up.
Thomas has a unique writing style that takes a while to get used to, especially with occasional use of omniscient POV to foreshadow the trajectory of the story, particularly at the beginning. However, I still found the story and characters compelling enough that it wasn’t that much of a turnoff.
Felix himself was surprising. While at first, I was a bit annoyed with him, as he seemed like yet another “heartless hero with a tragic past hidden behind a cold facade.” But I could not help but feel for him as the story went on, delving into his internal struggles.
Louisa is somewhat underwhelming by comparison, in that we’ve seen many a heroine like her before: the poor girl with wealthy connections who catches the attention of a wealthy peer. However, I did like the exploration of her intelligence, through the scenes concerning astronomy and mathematics.
I also really liked that the development of their relationship felt organic, and there were very real hurdles they faced as a newly married couple. It never felt like the story devolved into a Big Misunderstanding that simply talking to each other could have fixed, and I appreciate the story for that.
I would recommend this to fans of emotionally rich, complex historical romance. It might not be the best introduction to historical romance, but it is a great book for more seasoned readers.