The Spinster Chronicles
By Rebecca Connolly
The Merry Lives of Spinsters #1
Georgiana Allen is a spinster and everybody knows it. She also happens to be one of the writers for the Spinster Chronicles, and everybody knows that as well. She’s accepted her lot in life, and, along with the other spinsters in her circle, takes great pride in the articles she writes and the influence she has. Then Captain Anthony Sterling infiltrates their group, and her life, and Georgie impossibly begins to hope once more.
Tony Sterling had no idea what to expect when he agreed to break up the Spinsters for his cousin, but he certainly did not expect Georgie Allen. From the very first meeting, she upends everything he thought a spinster would be, and her beauty and wit keeps him on edge in thrilling ways. The more he gets to know the Spinsters, the less he wants to break them up. And the more he wants Georgie in his life. Permanently. (Courtesty of goodreads.com)
The Spinster and I #2
Prudence Westfall, spinster, has unexpectedly had the greatest misfortune of all: she has inherited a fortune, and is now an heiress. But as a Spinster, and a stammering shy one, nothing could be worse than having a bevy of suitors pay her attention. Opportunity strikes at a house party when the most unlikely person offers the perfect solution.
Camden Vale is no gentleman, and he’s not prone to saving anyone, but something about Prue changes all that. When his offer to befriend her extends beyond the house party, and his feelings extend beyond expectation, no one is more surprised than he. Except, perhaps, for the other Spinsters, and they have much to say on the subject. (Courtesty of goodreads.com)
Spinster and Spice #3
Isabella Lambert is a nice person. She is biddable, polite, soft-spoken, and eager to please. She also happens to be a spinster, and one of the writers of the infamous Spinster Chronicles, where she is less polite, more outspoken, and may not please anyone. Izzy also has a secret that only one person knows, and that one person may hold the key to its success.
Sebastian Morton finds Izzy Lambert fascinating. She is the perfect mentor for his younger sister as well as a capable and charming friend for him. When opportunity strikes to spend more time with her, her secret becomes his. But will this secret, and others, ruin their connection? (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
My Fair Spinster #4
Grace Morledge is a failure. Or so her father believes, as she is unmarried despite her many advantages. In his mind, Grace must have significant flaws to be a spinster, and something must be done about them. To her mortification, he demands she be fully examined and all her flaws recorded. And the man he chooses is the worst possible candidate of all.
Aubrey Flint, Lord Ingram, has known Grace since childhood, but he never anticipated Lord Trenwick demand he examine her for flaws. How can perfection have faults? Reluctantly, he accepts the assignment and finds far more than he bargained for, as perfection becomes more and more tempting. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
God Rest Ye Merry Spinster #5
Christmas is here, and Elinor Asheley’s entire family has gathered at their country estate to celebrate. But when her arch nemesis arrives at the estate by chance, warm wishes and the holiday spirit are the last things on her mind. Elinor is determined to protect her family from him no matter how changed he claims to be.
When the winter weather strands Hugh Sterling at the estate of the woman who hates him most in the world, his only wish is to escape the place unscathed. He is not the man he once was, and he will do everything he can to prove that to Elinor. But nothing can prepare him for the changes that spending his holiday with her will bring. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Once you read one, you’re going to read them all, hence all the books currently out are in this review.
I’ve enjoyed Connolly’s world and characters. Each of the Spinsters, with a captial S (as explained in book 1), are unique as well as their eventual suitors. Even though I’ve read many clean romance novels, these are unique because of the story background and quality of writing. While each one of the women is resigned to remain a spinster and put their best face on disappointment, they would like to have a love match (as explored in all of the novels, but I enjoyed the match immensely in book 3). However, when that doesn’t seem possible, they bond together and lead rich, full lives, hoping to change societies’ perception of spinsters. The lucky men who enter the Spinsters’ lives attest to the joy of finding their love match and the respect they hold for each of the women.
The Spinsters’ ideals aren’t in line with the Regency time period but are so enjoyable to read. The way the men react is also a modern ideal (see book 2 as a great example of what women like). The pluck and intelligence of the female characters keep me laughing. I can also see how real women are similar to each character. Even the male love interest is unique in each volume (see book 5 for a big surprise).
The main thing I don’t love are the covers. I feel like they look like the typical fare for the market and these are at a higher level than average. If I had my graphic choice for the covers, I would have chosen an illustration or more original photography. This is certainly not a reason to drop the books, but since I had to find a fault (see book 4 to know how well such an idea goes) that is my complaint.
5 out of 5 stars
If you’re looking for something Regency and fun, I always recommend Sorcery and Cecilia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede (it’s got magic but has such fun characters in the time period, I think anyone would like it).
If you can’t find anything to read, send me a message, and I’ll help you find a book. The world is full of adventure, and we all deserve to live it.