Dorothy by Anya Wylde #Review

Dorothy by Anya Wylde #Review

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Series: #3 Fairweather Sisters
Genres: Comedy Romance, Historical Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 17, 2016
Pages: 242
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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Dorothy is the third book in the Fairweather Sisters series.  These romantic comedies are a delight with laugh out loud humor, quirky characters, madcap plots, and an overall sweet heartwarming that makes for the best medicine on a dreary day.

The books can be read as standalones or out of order, but they do build on each other and there are mild references to previous events.

Dorothy is the third Fairweather sister to make her London debut, but unlike Penelope or Celine, she is not a beauty.  Dorothy also has a tendency toward overblown romantic notions and a tender heart for strays of the animal or human nature.  Her latest ‘stray’ is a poor gentleman who makes her swoony.  Her best friend is also swoony, but her tastes run toward the dark and reputedly sinister Lord Huxley.

In a sad twist of fate- alright a comedic series of errors- Dorothy winds up married to Huxley angering both her sisters and not endearing herself to Huxley, his family or her best friend.  She seeks to make the most of it and in doing so discovers that impressions might have been wrong.  Or not.  Falling for Huxley is a disaster as he seems unwilling or unable to reciprocate.  But Dora is a Fairweather and like her sisters before her, she will find a way even if it is a most unique and flamboyant route.

Alright, this is not my first go around with the author so my anticipation of the madcap over the top comedy she uses, the wit, and the sweet romance plot was great.  I wasn’t far into the story when I was shaking my head over naive, impetuous Dorothy, but also cheering the girl on.  She is in a forced marriage and her husband seems angry or uninterested much of the time, his family wishes her far away, and the household is not the typical well-ordered Regency aristocrat’s premises.  Dorothy took the Huxley household by storm and it was a riot.  This is not a story that one can take seriously.  It is flavored with historical background, but the puns, the witty dialogue, and the over the top situations make it deftly light.

All in all, a fabulous blend of history, comedy, and romance.  I can recommend these for those who want their humor on the dry, but sweet side and want a bumbling, average girl heroine they can cheer on to her happily ever after.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this 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.


  1. Oh my! Romantic comedy, one of my favorite genre. I think I’ll have another book added to my TBR haha. If this continues, I’ll be broke before Christmas lol. Thanks for this awesome review Sophia.

  2. It sounds like the comedy took the cake! I have not read man historical romance novels with comedy being in the forefront like that. Maybe Tessa Dare’s could be considered such? And Maya Rodale’s.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia! Wonderful review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Yes, it really did, Alyssa. I read a four book Katie MacAlister historical romance series that was half comedy and half romance. I still want to read Maya Rodale’s books.


  3. I already like the sound of this main character with how she has a tender heart for strays. The genre mash between romantic comedy and historical romance sounds like it really works here. I don’t think I’ve seen that combination before. And sometimes you’re in the mood for a book like this where you can’t take the story serious and just enjoy the read. Great review!

    1. She was a sweet girl and she just kept getting into trouble without trying. It is definitely nice on occasion to pick up a book and know that it is all about the laughs while also offering a cute romance.