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La Petite Four

December 22, 2008

La Petite FourLady Emily Southwell, young adult and budding artist, has just finished school and is looking forward to her first Season filled with balls and polite society. She also has dreams of becoming an artist and will be showing off her most grand painting at her friend’s ball. Unfortunately, Emily’s father and a young man Lord Robert have other plans for Emily. Lord Robert has asked for Emily’s hand in marriage, even they haven’t seen each other since they were children. Emily distrusts Lord Robert’s motives for a quick marriage and she and her three girlfriends, who call themselves La Petite Four, do a little amateur detective work to find out if Lord Robert has a deep dark secret. In following Lord Robert around (which is a chore in itself, since young ladies must have a chaperon in Regency England) the mysterious James Cropper appears on the scene. How does James fit in the picture? And why is he following the girls following Lord Robert? Who exactly is the bad guy? Will Emily ever be able to enjoy her first Season?

I had read a review of this book over at Once Upon a Bookshelf and thought is sounded like a fun read. At just over 230 pages, La Petite Four by Regina Scott is a short, yet sweet young adult novel. The four girls are all wonderfully over-dramatic, as teenagers often are, and have such distinct personalities that it makes reading La Petite Four lots of fun. There is a bit of mystery, a little action and enough humor to keep the pages turning quickly. The ending wraps up nicely and I wouldn’t be surprised if La Petite Four one day ended up in a second novel (or at least I hope they do)!

If you’re looking for a nice, easy read this holiday season, make sure to check out La Petite Four. In addition, the author has written numerous Regency period books and you can find out more information at her website.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2008 7:42 pm

    This book sounds like fun. Thanks for the review!

  2. December 22, 2008 9:59 pm

    Happy to hear that you did enjoy this. 🙂 It’s such a cute little book!

  3. December 24, 2008 1:01 am

    Sounds interesting. Better than The Luxe?

  4. December 26, 2008 2:24 am

    Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve been doing as ok as can be expected, and that you and your family had a lovely day.

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