Thumbs up for An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney. Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Erotica.
Sophisticated reason to read a book: I was intrigued by the title. But it turned out to be charming. Tully Truegood ends up as a courtesan accidentally (as one does), then in prison (quite intentionally). Here, she recounts events. A pleasing costume-drama confection. Light on the erotica, light on the romance, gently witty, very nice use of the heroine’s magical ability to turn ghosts manifest. The literary equivalent of a bon-bon.
It was the custom to then go to a service at the Abbey, but, his lordship having radical views on religion, we went shopping instead. Lord B had decided to defy death with fashion, to blind the Grim Reaper with lace and bon ton, and to that end we both dressed immensely elegantly and were much noticed as we took our afternoon promenade. I became bolder in my designs: if this was a matter of defeating death, then surely we would be outrageous.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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