A Lady’s Guide to Ruin by Kathleen Kimmel
Series: #1Birch Hall
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Berkley on December 1, 2015
DNF at p. 139
I grabbed up this book because of the exciting and curious blurb- a woman thief pretending to be someone else while hiding out as an escapee from Bedlam with a lord and his sister on their estate with the promise that she would not let him fall for her. Yes, it really did sound just the thing.
However, after reading nearly half this story and pushing myself to finish it, I’ve decided to stop. I couldn’t engage with the story, I couldn’t like the heroine or her choices (and she did have them and went with less than honorable ones), and I wasn’t even interested to see where the story was going. I had a liking for the hero and his quest to find his brother, but it wasn’t enough.
I won’t say the story is awful, but it is most definitely not for me.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review.
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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.