Book Review: The Baroness of New York by Anya Silverthorne.

Well...where do I even begin with this one?? I'm not sure I really know, but one thing I do know is that Autumn seems like such a long way away to wait for the next one!! What's a girl to do? This is the debut for author Anya Silverthorne and what a debut it is.

The Blurb.

Baroness Adele von Mueller learns the sweetest love is forbidden....

Baroness Adele von Mueller
It's 1903 and free-spirited 18-year-old Baroness Adele von Mueller has just arrived to live with her spinster aunt in New York City. After a previous impropriety tarnishes her reputation with the German nobility, her father sends her overseas to give her one last chance to marry into money and save the family's name. Instead, Adele finds herself falling for charming and wickedly handsome Nick Mason, the foreman of a paper factory, who is as gorgeous as he is poor. As family secrets are revealed, Adele learns there's much more riding on her marrying wealthy than just keeping the family's name...

Nick Mason
Nick Mason has a habit of falling in love with every girl he sees. An orphan, former newspaper seller and now a foreman at a paper mill, he's nursing a bruised heart after being dumped by a laundry girl. But when he meets Baroness Adele disguised on a night out as a maid in her family's house, he knows right away there's something different about her. Once she reveals her true identity, he's even more intrigued. Nick has fallen for white women before, but never one so wealthy, and never one he knew he couldn't live without. With most people firmly against their love, he must visit her in secrecy to make their romance blossom.

Nick and Adele must stand up to a society and a family that won't accept their love for what it is: true and enduring. Can they withstand the storm, or will they be forced apart by a deck that's stacked against them in this steamy Victorian romance?

My Review.

One of the very first things that made me smile about this book was it's references to 'Little Women,' which I just so happened to start reading straight after I finished this. I can't believe it's actually taken me so long to read such a famous book in classic literature, but after seeing the film twice and adoring it, I had to pick it up. So far I'm three chapters in and it's brilliant. 

But, back to 'The Baroness of New York.' This was one impressive debut. I fell into step with the story easily, like I would with one of my go-to authors and got swept up into the lives of the characters so quickly. I must admit that for someone who finds history fascinating, I am terrible with my time frames. I can usually be found stuck inside the pages of historical fiction around, I want to say, the 1800's, so I was pleasantly surprised when I started to read this book, set in 1903, and there were certain things going on that made it a big change from what I am used to. Think dance rooms and maids and servants coming and going as they please. It was exciting and I was hooked from the start!

Adele very much reminded me of Amy from 'Little Women.' I loved her plain way of speaking and her opinions and that she was kind to people whether she was 'supposed' to be or not. I liked her rebellious streak and her daring to do things that others wouldn't dream of, it made for a very fun story. I don't want to give you too many ins and outs of the story and the relationships, but I loved Adele all the more for the ones she made. Again, she wasn't fussed about race or class, she just wanted friends and wanted to be a good person to everyone and I cannot say enough good things about that. I always find myself putting myself into characters in books when I love them so much and think I would have done the same as Adele in this story.. It made me feel more connected to her. 

Nick, I was worried about at first, because his friends made it seem like he falls for any pretty face, but the more I got to know him and the more he was around Adele, the more I saw his truths and his heart. Society made me so mad not allowing them or being accepting of them together. This part of history is so infuriating to me, so I won't ramble on about it, but the two of them were so happy together, so yes I got annoyed about them having to hide their love from others. 

As the percent on my kindle got higher and higher, I started to panic, because the story wasn't done and that's when I soon realised that more will be revealed in the next book! Ahhhhhh!!!!! I haven't read a book like this for a long time and now it gives me a lot to look forward to in a few months time. 

'The Baroness of New York' is a brilliant debut, full of many topics that promote conversation and show, hopefully, how far we have come in today's world in a lot of areas. It's funny, it's thrilling and it's incredibly sexy. I highly recommend it. 

Happy Reading!

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