Flirtation & Folly: A Season in London (Book 1), by Elizabeth Rasche – A Review

Flirtation & Folly by Elizabeth Rasche 2020From the desk of Katie Patchell:

Northanger Abbey is one of Jane Austen’s greatest gems, yet one of her most underrated novels. It is a coming-of-age tale of Catherine Morland, a comedy, a romance, and a commentary on the Regency-era literary scene. In all of that, it is both a down-to-earth study of real-life and a beautifully plotted promise that even the most mundane of circumstances hold a glimmer of heaven. In Elizabeth Rasche’s Regency debut, Flirtation & Folly, these same ingredients are bound together in the endearingly flawed, eternally hopeful heroine, Marianne Mowbrey.

Marianne Mowbrey is a dreamer. Fresh from the country to visit her aunt in London, she believes with all of her heart that she will become a heroine just like those in her favorite novels. As she soon discovers, wishing is not the same as getting. Under her aunt’s disapproving gaze, Marianne tries to learn the skills needed to be a society darling from her new “friends,” the beautiful yet mocking Stokes’ sisters.

No matter if day after day proceeded with the same rise and fall of expectations. For Marianne, the morning always burst with the fresh, flowering hope of the charming young lady she would become by eventide. (78)   

Robert Hearn arrives in London not knowing where he belongs anymore. Originally from Ireland yet raised in England, he has spent his adult years in India and beyond. All that is left of his home are memories of an idyllic childhood. With the desire to win his estate back from the hands of another, Robert has no time for social graces or flirtations. What slips past his guard, however, is a newfound friend who might be as lost as he. Continue reading

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Flirtation & Folly: A Season in London (Book 1), by Elizabeth Rasche

Flirtation & Folly by Elizabeth Rasche 2020The Regency romance genre is one of my favorites and I believe that we have Jane Austen to thank for it. Many argue that she did not write romances. Maybe so. She did, however, inspire authors like Georgette Heyer, the undisputed Queen of Regency romance to closely study her success with characterization, comedy, and romantic tension in her novels, advancing the genre to create her new stories.

Today I am happy to introduce you to Elizabeth Rasche, a new author in this genre. Her first historical romance Flirtation & Folly will release on November 9, 2020.

Those familiar with the Regency romance tropes will be in comfortable territory. In Flirtation & Folly, we see a young Miss venturing to London with her aunt who will introduce her to Society during the Season. We shall see what challenges and obstacles that the author throws in her heroine’s path before she earns her HEA.

Please welcome Elizabeth Rasche who has kindly shared an exclusive excerpt of Flirtation & Folly with us today.

Marianne Mowbrey is a responsible country rector’s daughter who longs for the novelty and excitement she reads about in novels. When her crusty Aunt Harriet agrees to give her a Season in London, Marianne vows to dazzle the world, win a husband, and never go home again. But the Londoners who determine social success are inclined to pass over plain Marianne in favor of her beautiful, reckless younger sister.

In a world of ambition, fashion, flattery, and deceit, how can Marianne stay true to her real self—when she is not even sure what that real self is?

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