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A whip-smart debut that follows the adventures of an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season to find a wealthy husband. But the last thing she expects is to find love... Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. Left with her father’s massive debts, she has only twelve weeks to save her family from ruin A whip-smart debut that follows the adventures of an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season to find a wealthy husband. But the last thing she expects is to find love... Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. Left with her father’s massive debts, she has only twelve weeks to save her family from ruin. Kitty has never been one to back down from a challenge, so she leaves home and heads toward the most dangerous battleground in all of England: the London season. Kitty may be neither accomplished nor especially genteel—but she is utterly single-minded; imbued with cunning and ingenuity, she knows that risk is just part of the game. The only thing she doesn’t anticipate is Lord Radcliffe. The worldly Radcliffe sees Kitty for the mercenary fortune-hunter that she really is and is determined to scotch her plans at all costs, until their parrying takes a completely different turn... This is a frothy pleasure, full of brilliant repartee and enticing wit—one that readers will find an irresistible delight.


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A whip-smart debut that follows the adventures of an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season to find a wealthy husband. But the last thing she expects is to find love... Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. Left with her father’s massive debts, she has only twelve weeks to save her family from ruin A whip-smart debut that follows the adventures of an entirely unconventional heroine who throws herself into the London Season to find a wealthy husband. But the last thing she expects is to find love... Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. Left with her father’s massive debts, she has only twelve weeks to save her family from ruin. Kitty has never been one to back down from a challenge, so she leaves home and heads toward the most dangerous battleground in all of England: the London season. Kitty may be neither accomplished nor especially genteel—but she is utterly single-minded; imbued with cunning and ingenuity, she knows that risk is just part of the game. The only thing she doesn’t anticipate is Lord Radcliffe. The worldly Radcliffe sees Kitty for the mercenary fortune-hunter that she really is and is determined to scotch her plans at all costs, until their parrying takes a completely different turn... This is a frothy pleasure, full of brilliant repartee and enticing wit—one that readers will find an irresistible delight.

30 review for A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting

  1. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    I went in with zero expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The structure is more akin to traditional regency and Heyer-style romances: 1) no sex, only a few kisses at the end, 2) no active relationship or confession of love until the end, 3) battle of wits dialogue that reluctantly turns into mutual admiration, and 4) the antics of headache-inducing relatives. Unlike Heyer, there is no on-page bigotry, thankfully (though the world is very white and straight, like most trad pub historical rom I went in with zero expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The structure is more akin to traditional regency and Heyer-style romances: 1) no sex, only a few kisses at the end, 2) no active relationship or confession of love until the end, 3) battle of wits dialogue that reluctantly turns into mutual admiration, and 4) the antics of headache-inducing relatives. Unlike Heyer, there is no on-page bigotry, thankfully (though the world is very white and straight, like most trad pub historical romances). Basically: this doesn't reinvent the wheel for Regency Romance nor does it want to. I had a fun time, it was well-written, and I'll read Irwin again. What I liked most was the constant emphasis on money and the heroine refusing to be apologetic about fortune-hunting. Kitty is fantastic and unrepentant and manipulative — more heroines like that, please. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    fatma

    I won't mince words here: this was a very, very bland book, not a single shred of personality to be found anywhere. The characters' personalities and motivations are painfully simple: Kitty is the Scheming One Who Needs to Find a Husband, Lord Radcliffe is the Uptight One Who Wants to Foil Her Plans, Arthur is the Lovable Idiot Who Feels Abandoned by His Brother. And I would've forgiven it its simplistic characters if it maybe had some interesting character interactions or dynamics, but no, that I won't mince words here: this was a very, very bland book, not a single shred of personality to be found anywhere. The characters' personalities and motivations are painfully simple: Kitty is the Scheming One Who Needs to Find a Husband, Lord Radcliffe is the Uptight One Who Wants to Foil Her Plans, Arthur is the Lovable Idiot Who Feels Abandoned by His Brother. And I would've forgiven it its simplistic characters if it maybe had some interesting character interactions or dynamics, but no, that's nowhere to be found either. The plot is just kind of...there, moving us from one scene to the next, with little tension or excitement or literally anything that would make you invested in what's going on. A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting tries to be a historical fiction and a romance, and succeeds at neither. It's nowhere near immersive or detailed or atmospheric enough to really evoke its historical setting (Regency London), and its romance is so lackluster and poorly developed that it can barely even be called a romance. (The extent of the romantic development we get here is like two scenes where the characters talk about Deep Stuff and then next thing you know, they're in love!) Altogether, my fundamental problem here is that this book lacks any kind of depth; it's a very paint-by-the-numbers Regency "historical fiction" with a romance thrown in, and you can really feel that reading it. It feels very perfunctory, like it's just going through the motions of its already very conventional plot. And I don't mind "predictable" stories, but this one just gave me nothing to work with; no life, no layers. Thanks to HarperCollins UK for providing me with an e-ARC of this via NetGalley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    This is not a typical historical romance but I liked the simplicity of the story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Enemies spatting Mercenary ethics Snobs and realists I had an absolute blast reading this book. It engaged me, made me laugh throughout the book and really made me love the main characters over time. The writing was all ease to get into and I read it in two sittings. Kitty was a young woman on a mission, head of her family with four sister dependents to secure a future for. The mission was her own marriage to someone of fortune and she was utterly blinkered and focused. She had some shady Headlines: Enemies spatting Mercenary ethics Snobs and realists I had an absolute blast reading this book. It engaged me, made me laugh throughout the book and really made me love the main characters over time. The writing was all ease to get into and I read it in two sittings. Kitty was a young woman on a mission, head of her family with four sister dependents to secure a future for. The mission was her own marriage to someone of fortune and she was utterly blinkered and focused. She had some shady approaches, she was two-faced to her suitors and a great liar. She was such a likeable heroine. She met her forthright match in Radcliffe, they did not like one another and he was soon 'onto her' and worked out her schemes. These two verbally sparred, coerced favours out of one another but very slowly, something happened. 'Dance with me,' she demanded, walking straight up to him. He eyed her warily. 'Thank you, but no,' he said. 'I should have mentioned that I also do not dance with persons who appear to want to murder me.' I loved how this book shone light on the snobbery of the ton and the judgement passed on those of reduced circumstances and how the men perceived women and their role is society. I adored how Kitty smashed through those preconceptions but with subtlety. Kitty made Radcliffe and Radcliffe made Kitty. This totally has a Bridgerton vibe but without the heat. For me, the heat wasn't missing, the plot was rich and chemistry bubbled. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this book and I want more. Thank you to Harper Collins and Insta Book Tours for the review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sharvani

    It can be helpful to read this book with the right expectations. It can be a delight to readers of regency era fiction, and for lovers of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. I thought this would be a new favourite. There were certainly parts of it I immensely enjoyed, and certain things I thought went too far. What is this book about? Set in the regency era, it follows Kitty Talbot, the oldest of five sisters, who get jilted by her unofficial fiancé after a period of courtship that lasted a long It can be helpful to read this book with the right expectations. It can be a delight to readers of regency era fiction, and for lovers of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. I thought this would be a new favourite. There were certainly parts of it I immensely enjoyed, and certain things I thought went too far. What is this book about? Set in the regency era, it follows Kitty Talbot, the oldest of five sisters, who get jilted by her unofficial fiancé after a period of courtship that lasted a long period of time. Kitty, who only wanted to marry him so that she and her newly orphaned sisters don't end up destitute. With him going back on his expected offer of marriage to her, she sets out to London, on a time-constrained task to find herself a rich man by the end of the season. This book deals with themes that any modern book set in the regency era would be expected to - sexism, and the patriarchy. In no part of the book did I feel like Kitty's voice wasn't strong enough to impress upon the reader the precariousness of her situation. Chapters from her POV made it clear that she was under immense anxiety about her situation, and her bitter clarity about how marrying for love might be too much of a stretch for her. Another thing that the narrative portrays well is the handling of parental loss by the eldest child in the family. Kitty longs for moments with her parents when she might seek their advice, or any kind of a reassuring parental stand-in in the form of her Aunt Dorothy, who hosts her and her sister Cecily in London, as well as tries to introduce her to eligible suitors. Similarly, another character, Lord Radcliffe, deals with the loss of his father, and comes to terms with his relationship with him, as well as slowly learns to take over as the patriarch of his family. While Kitty and Radcliffe felt fleshed out, and had strong narrative voices, the other characters felt quite flat and seemed to exist only for the purpose of pointing out the obvious. Kitty and Radcliffe's initial interaction, as well as their verbal banter was extremely chuckleworthy, albeit a little too direct to suit the era the book is set in. Kitty struck me as awfully straightforward and blunt, as well as callous about her actions at certain parts of the book. And there were parts of the story that made me feel like the author was trying too hard at giving Kitty a progressive outlook to life. It is clear that this book is heavily inspired by Pride and Prejudice, but with elements to suit the modern reader. As a fan of the classic myself, it was a little hard for me to wrap my head around Kitty's mostly sensible POV, and having Jane be the youngest child. The author wears her inspiration on her sleeve and I doubt I can blame her for her choice. But, I wish she stayed a little truer to keeping all the events in the story such that they seemed to fit in the regency era. There were some parts I genuinely enjoyed, others I could not believe would hold up in the setting. This, alone, is my biggest criticism of the book. If you are looking for something similar to Austen's classic, you will find it here. Maybe, just maybe, if you set your expectations right when you decide to pick this up, it will be a lot more than a 3 star read for you. I would say that it would be a good idea to pick this up and decide for yourself. What it lacks in refinement, it may make up for with its fresh outlook on the depiction of various themes contained in the narrative. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Instagram | Twitter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maria Smith

    I enjoyed this delightful debut romance novel set in England's regency era. A good example of well researched and well written historical fiction with strong character development. Would be enjoyed by fans of Jane Austen. Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for the ARC. I enjoyed this delightful debut romance novel set in England's regency era. A good example of well researched and well written historical fiction with strong character development. Would be enjoyed by fans of Jane Austen. Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for the ARC.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    It's hard to believe this book is a debut. The regency era is extremely well researched and you can tell a lot of work went into that. Kitty needs a wealthy husband and fast. The house which is home to herself and her four sisters is about to be taken from them if they don't come up with the money owing. She has twelve weeks to achieve her aim so throws herself into the London season and tries to hide a secret that could ruin everything if it became public knowledge. As her parents are dead she It's hard to believe this book is a debut. The regency era is extremely well researched and you can tell a lot of work went into that. Kitty needs a wealthy husband and fast. The house which is home to herself and her four sisters is about to be taken from them if they don't come up with the money owing. She has twelve weeks to achieve her aim so throws herself into the London season and tries to hide a secret that could ruin everything if it became public knowledge. As her parents are dead she feels the weight of responsibility for her sisters. At times Kitty comes across as heartless but I did like her. She was blinkered at times but loved her family dearly and was determined to shield her sisters from penury. The banter between herself and James, Lord Radcliffe, was amusing. He also had a lot to learn. The romance was almost non existent but charming once it appeared. Aunt Dorothy's character I loved. She was fun and honest and stepped in at times to stop Kitty making a fool of herself. I loved the descriptions of London, especially Cheapside. It made me want to stroll down the street myself. I read this in a single day, it totally sucked me in. I look forward to more books by this author. Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for an early copy of this book to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Very much a YA Bridgerton. Think sassy female lead with shocking lack of social etiquette without the sex. To be honest, I think some sex would have made this more interesting. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy this. I did, and Kitty isn't the worst character in the world. She's incredibly family orientated, determined and intelligent. Her quest for a rich husband is driven by her desire to provide a stable home for her sisters, and that's admirable. I just thought that there wasn't really much de Very much a YA Bridgerton. Think sassy female lead with shocking lack of social etiquette without the sex. To be honest, I think some sex would have made this more interesting. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy this. I did, and Kitty isn't the worst character in the world. She's incredibly family orientated, determined and intelligent. Her quest for a rich husband is driven by her desire to provide a stable home for her sisters, and that's admirable. I just thought that there wasn't really much depth to her character beyond this, and at times her desperation leads to some pretty mean interactions. And although overall I really liked the various conversations between Kitty and Radcliffe, to me there was always something a little off about their relationship. Like it didnt ever feel genuine for whatever reason. Adding some spice would definitely have helped. All of Kitty's potential suitors also blended into one, as did her sisters (not that we see any of them except Cecily). By having her sisters out of sight, out of mind, the reader never forms an emotional attachment to Kitty's situation, which then meant I didn't actually care about saving them. The plot is also pretty self explanatory and I could see every step of the story long before it came to fruition, which meant I wasn't surprised by anything that happened. While that's OK, I mean you don't always need to have a plot twist or be on tender hooks for every book you read, I wouldn't have minded something a little unpredictable. Quite the cosy young adult historical romance - which in itself is quite the rarity. However I think I've been spoilt by adult counterparts that offer just that little bit more. And by 'more' I mean smut.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Clare Pooley

    If you love Jane Austen, and binge watched Bridgerton, then this book is EVERYTHING you’ve been waiting for. Wonderful, escapist Recency fun and frolics.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hirondelle

    This had been on my radar thanks to prominent places, pre-release, in a lot of goodread newsletters and blog posts. Big budget publicity campaign, presumably. I love The Luckiest Lady in London and well, even Arabella who have similarlish plot lines, so willing to try, in case it was one of those rare (at least currently) historical romances which works for me me. But a few chapters in, and sadly no. I did not actually hate the writing but I am not going to be looking for the rest. I just did not This had been on my radar thanks to prominent places, pre-release, in a lot of goodread newsletters and blog posts. Big budget publicity campaign, presumably. I love The Luckiest Lady in London and well, even Arabella who have similarlish plot lines, so willing to try, in case it was one of those rare (at least currently) historical romances which works for me me. But a few chapters in, and sadly no. I did not actually hate the writing but I am not going to be looking for the rest. I just did not like Kitty at all (while thinking the needing to marry for money was a very reasonable set up but it was not just about survival and keeping her sisters safe and together, it implied keeping the house and a lot more nonsense) and a lot of the dialogue seemed very anachronistic and just off.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    4,5 stars This was a fun read. I liked both the premise and the characters. They are realistic to the time period and the characters are flawed and relatable. There is just one thing that annoyed me though. Kitty is supposed to be living in her own time period, so she is supposed to know her own social conventions. She is consistantly acting like she doesn't know the rules. If she'd been living abroad her whole life I'd be able to suspend my disbelief, but she hasn't. As any Jane Austen novel will 4,5 stars This was a fun read. I liked both the premise and the characters. They are realistic to the time period and the characters are flawed and relatable. There is just one thing that annoyed me though. Kitty is supposed to be living in her own time period, so she is supposed to know her own social conventions. She is consistantly acting like she doesn't know the rules. If she'd been living abroad her whole life I'd be able to suspend my disbelief, but she hasn't. As any Jane Austen novel will tell you these rules count just as much is smaller towns/villages as they do in London. She (and all her sisters) would have known this already. I know it is done to inform the reader, but it felt a bit odd for her a British woman, not to understand her local social etiquette. Now Kitty as a grey protagonist is well worth following and I liked her interactions with Radcliffe. The evolutions of their relationship was so well done. Not to mention his PTSD from the battle of Waterloo. That was also very well done, research into PTSD didn't start until after WWI, so during that time people didn't know what to do with this. So the awkwardness there is so realistic. I've enjoyed the time I've spent with this book and I'm already looking forward to the next one by this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    bookishcharli

    I absolutely LOVED this book, Kitty has fast become an absolute icon to me. I mean let’s face it, that woman knows how to insult a person! The lengths she goes to in order to protect her family and save them from losing their family home is incredible, she’s loyal to a fault, even if it means putting aside her happiness. When I first met Lord Radcliffe I wasn’t entirely sure on whether or not I liked him, but I very quickly discovered I absolutely adored him. Lord James Radcliffe, you own my abs I absolutely LOVED this book, Kitty has fast become an absolute icon to me. I mean let’s face it, that woman knows how to insult a person! The lengths she goes to in order to protect her family and save them from losing their family home is incredible, she’s loyal to a fault, even if it means putting aside her happiness. When I first met Lord Radcliffe I wasn’t entirely sure on whether or not I liked him, but I very quickly discovered I absolutely adored him. Lord James Radcliffe, you own my absolute heart. Thank you so much to Tandem Collective and Harper Fiction for having me on the readalong for this wonderful book, and for sending me an incredible VIP package.

  13. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Galley provided by publisher I requested A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting on a whim and ended up with probably what will be one of my favourite reads of 2021, and definitely what is one of my new favourites full stop. It’s more on the romcom side of things than a full on romance, lighthearted for the most part, and with a cast of characters you’ll love. The book opens with Kitty Talbot being jilted by her fiance. Kitty being Kitty, she decides that the thing to do in response to th On my blog. Galley provided by publisher I requested A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting on a whim and ended up with probably what will be one of my favourite reads of 2021, and definitely what is one of my new favourites full stop. It’s more on the romcom side of things than a full on romance, lighthearted for the most part, and with a cast of characters you’ll love. The book opens with Kitty Talbot being jilted by her fiance. Kitty being Kitty, she decides that the thing to do in response to this, is to go to London for the season and find herself an even richer husband, so that she might pay off her father’s debts and support her four younger sisters. There, she meets Archibald de Lacy, who seems a perfect fit for her plans… but for his older brother James, who sees right through her. Right off the bat, Kitty is a character you will love. She’s headstrong and willing to do anything for her sisters. She doesn’t back down from a fight, and she’s definitely not willing to let James have his way. Unless it’s also her way. Frankly, I loved her from the very first page. She’s probably quite a morally grey character, willing to scheme and manipulate so that she gets her way. But it’s all so that she and her family might live comfortably—she puts them above all else. She’s probably one of the most compelling characters I’ve read in histrom. And then there’s James. Initially suspicious of Kitty, perhaps rightfully, he doesn’t quite expect her to bite back. They’re not quite hate to love, more like mutually suspicious to love, but the way they grow on each other, slowly but surely, is very well done, and feels very natural. James in his own right is also a great lead. I feel like I read a fair few historical romances where the male lead is either alpha male, or alpha male adjacent, very virile and more than a little obsessed with sex (and occasionally, an objectifier of the female lead), but James was none of that. He’s a refreshing protagonist to read about in that respect. And also because he has such a good dynamic with Kitty. They’re not the only characters you get POVs from though, although they are the most prominent. But even the characters who don’t get POVs are vibrant and compelling. Each and every one of them jumps off the page. Each and every one has tantalising hints into their own stories, hints that make you want to know more about them all. And the best part about the book? The growth of James and Kitty’s relationship feels entirely realistic, entirely natural, and there’s no third act break up. Yes, there is angst, yes, there are miscommunications, but it’s all dealt with well. It feels like one of those relationships where each character respects the other, knows the other well enough to know what the other feels they have to do. I’m not explaining this at all well, but just know I love it. I love it so much. So I guess now all I can do is wait however many months for everyone else to catch up (at the time of writing that’s something like… 7 or more? Ha. Haha).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Leighton

    Fabulously refreshing and wickedly humourous, Sophie Irwin’s regency rom-com debut; with it’s deliciously addictive scandals and feisty, take charge heroine was a fun and undeniably uplifting novel that Bridgerton fans are bound to enjoy. It’s 1818 and Kitty Talbot needs a husband. Or more specifically, a husband who has a fortune. With only twelve weeks until the bailiffs call, Kitty has no choice but to launch herself into London society, using every ounce of cunning and ingenuity she possesses Fabulously refreshing and wickedly humourous, Sophie Irwin’s regency rom-com debut; with it’s deliciously addictive scandals and feisty, take charge heroine was a fun and undeniably uplifting novel that Bridgerton fans are bound to enjoy. It’s 1818 and Kitty Talbot needs a husband. Or more specifically, a husband who has a fortune. With only twelve weeks until the bailiffs call, Kitty has no choice but to launch herself into London society, using every ounce of cunning and ingenuity she possesses to climb the ranks. The only one to see through her plans is the world war hero Lord Radcliffe and he’s determined to thwart her at any cost, especially when her charm is focused solely on his impressionable younger brother, Archie who’s set to inherit a fortune. Can Kitty secure a fortune and save her sisters from poverty? There’s no time to lose and no one—not even a Lord—will stand in her way… This was a genuinely fun and lighthearted read that I absolutely loved! Kitty was a likeable and incredibly intriguing protagonist-she’s smart, pragmatic and rather mercenary in her goal to catch herself a wealthy husband which I found refreshing among the dozens of Regency romances that’ve cropped up in the wake of Bridgerton’s success. It was great to get a protagonist that’s honest and rather upfront about her scheming and watching her navigate the social etiquette of the upper classes (and the faux pas she inevitably makes along the way) was both phenomenally entertaining and period accurate. The gorgeously detailed and vivid imagery was also stunning-I loved being swept up in the Balls, dinners, strolls through Hyde park, idle speculation and drama that Kitty encounters, especially her interactions with members of the Ton. I loved the conversational back and forths between Kitty and James (Lord Radcliffe) which were absolutely amazing and though the relationship between these two is a slow-burn one (and doesn’t have any steamy scenes) it’s still definitely worth a read. honestly, this is one of the best romances I’ve read so far this year and regency romance/rom-com fans are bound to enjoy it! Also, a huge thank you to HarperCollins UK and Netgalley for the e-arc.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amber Humphries

    Thank you to Penguin Books and Netgalley for providing an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest opinion. Kitty Talbot needs to marry for money and has only twelve weeks to do it. What is a girl to do but go to London and find a rich man? Her quest hits a slight snag when she encounters Lord Radcliffe, brother to one of her suitors. This book was one of the most enjoyable romance novels I have read in years. There was banter, a smart heroine, and a swoony male love interest. I could Thank you to Penguin Books and Netgalley for providing an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest opinion. Kitty Talbot needs to marry for money and has only twelve weeks to do it. What is a girl to do but go to London and find a rich man? Her quest hits a slight snag when she encounters Lord Radcliffe, brother to one of her suitors. This book was one of the most enjoyable romance novels I have read in years. There was banter, a smart heroine, and a swoony male love interest. I could not have asked for a more likable pairing. From start to end, I was 100% Team Kitty. Watching her bowl over society with her single-mindedness was absolute perfection.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Antipodean Bookclub

    A delightful confection of a book💫 If I had to compare it to a regency era pudding, A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting would be a flummery; sweet, light and exceedingly moorish Kitty is the eldest of the five Talbot sisters. Her parents have both died in short order leaving behind a mountain of debt and a gently decaying country cottage. When Mr. Linfield Esq. jilts Kitty, she has exactly twelve weeks to find a husband rich enough to save her home and her family Kitty approaches the London season wi A delightful confection of a book💫 If I had to compare it to a regency era pudding, A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting would be a flummery; sweet, light and exceedingly moorish Kitty is the eldest of the five Talbot sisters. Her parents have both died in short order leaving behind a mountain of debt and a gently decaying country cottage. When Mr. Linfield Esq. jilts Kitty, she has exactly twelve weeks to find a husband rich enough to save her home and her family Kitty approaches the London season with a battle plan worthy of the Duke of Wellington himself. However, she finds herself on the wrong side of Lord Radcliffe, a handsome peer of the realm and an opponent worthy of her wit and her courage Is it entirely evident early on where A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting is going? Absolutely💫Does it matter one jot? No💫 Is some of it improbable and nigh on impossible? Yes, but it makes for absolutely joyful reading

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for making this available for review. Any time I see an author who normally writes contemp. romance try their hand at historical I get nervous. Especially when they relate it to Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. I absolutely love Georgette Heyer's characters and situations and to me, its high praise. So, diving into A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting and finishing it in one sitting? I have to say, bravo to Sophie. This book was absolutely a blast! I enj I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for making this available for review. Any time I see an author who normally writes contemp. romance try their hand at historical I get nervous. Especially when they relate it to Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. I absolutely love Georgette Heyer's characters and situations and to me, its high praise. So, diving into A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting and finishing it in one sitting? I have to say, bravo to Sophie. This book was absolutely a blast! I enjoyed the main character and it was fun reading a story about a female who was a fortune hunter - it's normally the gentleman. And, the gentleman is usually a brute of a person. I rather liked Kitty. She was determined to marry for convenience / fortune to save her family. But being that their family history causes a bit of a dismay to the ton if discovered makes it a little difficult to actually gain any sort of marriage. So what's with a few unspoken truths and a skirt of a lie or two? Enter our very interesting and very determined James. He is downright against his younger brother Archie marrying Kitty for he is certain she is after their money. Which leads to some fun moments of him trying to circumvent their love. While he is successful, the real fun happens when he agrees (after a blackmail of one another) to assist her in winning the hearts of the ton and securing herself a man of fortune. ... Which leads to their slow burn into a friendship and more. The only reason I rate this down a star is how modern the dialogue was at times and the writing, but otherwise, it was so good! I really hope others who enjoy clean historical romances give this book a try!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa-Anne Norman

    I loved all the characters within this novel. From Kitty's strength that's drawn from her obligation to save her family, to her literature obsessed sister Cecily through to the boring and pompous Lord Pemberton. Her Aunt Dorothy reminding me of some of my family. But most of all I loved the natural banter between Kitty and Lord Radcliff and the journey it took them on. Thank you @harpercollinsaustralia for a delightful read. I loved all the characters within this novel. From Kitty's strength that's drawn from her obligation to save her family, to her literature obsessed sister Cecily through to the boring and pompous Lord Pemberton. Her Aunt Dorothy reminding me of some of my family. But most of all I loved the natural banter between Kitty and Lord Radcliff and the journey it took them on. Thank you @harpercollinsaustralia for a delightful read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Bland story and cardboard cutout characters. I was hoping for witty banter, character development, a grand romance, or lavish descriptions of Regency London, but instead we got one dull scene after another.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

    this book takes place in 1818 and follows kitty talbot, a girl who desperately needs to marry a man with fortune in order to save her family estate. i think that fans of bridgerton (the plot is very similar to season 2, just gender-swapped) and regency-era fans would enjoy this. but i am not really a fan of either of those things, so this book fell flat for me. i will admit, though, that sophie irwin clearly did a lot of research on the era as the book seems to be historically accurate, which i this book takes place in 1818 and follows kitty talbot, a girl who desperately needs to marry a man with fortune in order to save her family estate. i think that fans of bridgerton (the plot is very similar to season 2, just gender-swapped) and regency-era fans would enjoy this. but i am not really a fan of either of those things, so this book fell flat for me. i will admit, though, that sophie irwin clearly did a lot of research on the era as the book seems to be historically accurate, which i appreciate, but the plot was just not intriguing. so many chapters were the same—kitty and her sister go to a ball and try to fit in with the crowd...and that's it. the writing did sound a lot like the narrator of bridgerton (and i did find myself reading it in a british accent a lot of times) but would randomly have moments that sounded extremely juvenile (especially in dialogue), which really threw me off. i wasn't really drawn to the characters and the romance was practically non-existent. when there was romance, it had no build-up or chemistry between characters. there were a few moments where i enjoyed kitty and radcliffe's banter, but that's really the only thing i enjoyed about this book. thank you to netgalley for providing me with a free copy!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Craig / Phil

    Thank you Harper Collins for sending us a copy to read and review. With no parents, three sisters to support and a leaking roof, Kitty needs money. Eligible young ladies in the Regency period had options, especially during the London season. If only matchmaking was easy as it is to put a ram with ewes. Kitty defined by an unforgiving class system was not in the pool of aristocrats during her season but her desperation needed an aristocratic pairing. Her loyalty and support to her sisters unquesti Thank you Harper Collins for sending us a copy to read and review. With no parents, three sisters to support and a leaking roof, Kitty needs money. Eligible young ladies in the Regency period had options, especially during the London season. If only matchmaking was easy as it is to put a ram with ewes. Kitty defined by an unforgiving class system was not in the pool of aristocrats during her season but her desperation needed an aristocratic pairing. Her loyalty and support to her sisters unquestionably high. She had her eyes on a target and a devious plan was hatched to snare the man she wanted. Clever, determined and cunning best describes her plan. An entrenched class system, snobbery and a man’s mother the main obstacles to overcome. Until she meets Lord Radcliffe. Letters from her younger sisters left at the home they will be evicted from, show not only the dire straights they suffer financially but the bond between the girls. A stunning cover emblazoned with rich colours and silhouettes had me keen to explore these pages. The title alluding to what was in store in a time where men could fortune hunt but not women. I enjoyed this journey and was rooting for Kitty and her audacity. I did find it lacked substance in places and the characters were very one dimensional but not enough to derail a good experience.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting is the debut of the season and definitely one to have on your radar! Full of wit, charm and the glittering atmosphere of regency England it leaps off the page and is an absolutely delightful read. We follow Kitty Talbot - who after the death of her parents is left with huge amounts of debt and 4 younger sisters to look after. In order to secure a stable future for herself and her sisters she decides to travel to London to try and ensnare a husband with a large f A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting is the debut of the season and definitely one to have on your radar! Full of wit, charm and the glittering atmosphere of regency England it leaps off the page and is an absolutely delightful read. We follow Kitty Talbot - who after the death of her parents is left with huge amounts of debt and 4 younger sisters to look after. In order to secure a stable future for herself and her sisters she decides to travel to London to try and ensnare a husband with a large fortune. Once there she rapidly ingratiates herself with the ton and manages to catch the eye of a young Mr de Lacy. However her efforts are under threat of being thwarted when his older brother, Lord Radcliffe shows up and sees right through Kitty's schemes. They go head to head to try and come out on top and along the way Kitty will reckon with her family's past, her own desires and what she is willing to give up to get what she wants. I really liked Kitty as a protagonist; she is fairy ruthless in her schemes and quite conniving at times but she has a very likeable determination and love for her sisters driving everything she does. I also liked her growth throughout the book, realising at times how selfish she could be. I also really liked Lord Radcliffe (or James) - he and Kitty had the funniest interactions and I love the whole dynamic they have of being the only ones to really see each other despite hating each other at first. The way they kept blackmailing the other into helping with their respective schemes/ulterior motives was so much fun. The other side characters were also great, especially Kitty's sister Cecily (who I'm really hoping the next book is about her). All she wants to do is wax poetic about Sappho so obviously I loved her. She is also a good contrast to Kitty's ruthless practicality. I also really liked their aunt and ex-courtesan who helps them with their schemes - older ladies in regency books are always my fave haha. While I wouldn't say the book was laugh out loud funny it had a definite undercurrent of light-hearted humour which was delightful to read. I had such a huge grin on my face so many times whilst reading. I also really liked the writing style, it felt almost austen-esque and the tone helped it feel very immersive in the historical setting. All the dazzling balls, tea/dinner parties and marriage mart politics was such a delight and the author did an excellent job creating the atmosphere. The only thing I wish we had a bit more of was Kitty and James relationship was they actually realised their feelings. But hopefully there will be sequels following each sister (I'm praying for this lol) so we will see more of them. Overall if you are a fan of historical romance or looking to try it after being hit by bridgerton fever I would highly recommend this. It's fun, witty, full of loveable characters and excellent sibling bonds and overall just a great time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steph Edmeads

    This is quite a difficult one to review, I think I went in with my expectations way too high and I just hate when that happens as you try to force yourself to love the book. I didn’t dislike it but didn’t love it. A lot of people have said it’s for fans of Bridgerton - I haven’t watched that, so maybe I just didn’t get the hype around the book? It started off well but then when I reached the middle of the book I sadly started to become uninterested but it picked up towards the end. I did like Kitt This is quite a difficult one to review, I think I went in with my expectations way too high and I just hate when that happens as you try to force yourself to love the book. I didn’t dislike it but didn’t love it. A lot of people have said it’s for fans of Bridgerton - I haven’t watched that, so maybe I just didn’t get the hype around the book? It started off well but then when I reached the middle of the book I sadly started to become uninterested but it picked up towards the end. I did like Kitty - She is very much a strong and ruthless character. Full of determination and loved her family. Sadly not a favourite of mine, I suppose high expectations and increased hype around a book sometimes spoil the reading experience.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Oh my gosh! This book was so much fun!! Kitty was such a strong and feisty character doing what what could to support and provide for her sisters. And by this, I mean faking her way into the high society and procuring a rich husband to support them. What a fun ride this was. Sometimes I applauded Kitty and her bravado, but other times I was a little shocked and unhappy with her. But all is well, this book did not disappoint. I loved it. I loved all the bickering between Kitty and Lord Radcliffe, Oh my gosh! This book was so much fun!! Kitty was such a strong and feisty character doing what what could to support and provide for her sisters. And by this, I mean faking her way into the high society and procuring a rich husband to support them. What a fun ride this was. Sometimes I applauded Kitty and her bravado, but other times I was a little shocked and unhappy with her. But all is well, this book did not disappoint. I loved it. I loved all the bickering between Kitty and Lord Radcliffe, I loved being part of the London season, I loved how they all spoke. Just a delight.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    4 stars ~ [7.83/10] These characters were incredibly vibrant and intriguing. I loved how clear Kitty's goals were from the very beginning and how these goals impacted everyone around her. I absolutely adored the repartee between Kitty and Radcliffe - it was so sharp and funny. All of these characters felt like whole people, with back stories that fully informed where we found them in the book and I really loved how Irwin focused in on the nuance of people in this time period. There was some good 4 stars ~ [7.83/10] These characters were incredibly vibrant and intriguing. I loved how clear Kitty's goals were from the very beginning and how these goals impacted everyone around her. I absolutely adored the repartee between Kitty and Radcliffe - it was so sharp and funny. All of these characters felt like whole people, with back stories that fully informed where we found them in the book and I really loved how Irwin focused in on the nuance of people in this time period. There was some good commentary on classicism in Regency England and how women, in particular, were often put in extremely perilous situations with marrying wealth being the only way out. But, as it is most of the time in these kind of books, the commentary doesn't really stray beyond the struggle of the white straight woman. I do think it could have been a lot sexier, it's weird to me how much of a marketing push this book has gotten (thanks Bridgerton!) and the sexless book is the one they're pushing? This even got a hardback release, I haven't seen that happen for Historical Romance in a long time. Lot's of thoughts and assumptions about this but they're all mix of conjecture and bitter feelings about how people view the romance genre and nothing really to do with this book itself. The banter was flirty and sexy, the author clearly wrote great romantic tension and knew that her characters were sexy and were probably going to have banging sex at some point in the near future... it's such an important emotional transition in romances like these the fact that we didn't get any indication of any sex, anywhere did knock some points off for me. Nevertheless, this was a really great debut read from an author with a clear point of view and a strong voice. I'll be interested to see what she writes next but I really hope future books aren't so tame in the romance department.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This was a gamble for me; I don’t usually read Regency romances other than Georgette Heyer’s and I was worried that this book might be silly and derivative. However, I’m pleased to say that I found it entertaining, intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable. Although some elements of the plot undoubtedly draw heavily on Heyer and Austen and we have a heroine who in many ways resembles Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair, Sophie Irwin still manages to make the story feel fresh and engaging. Kitty Talbot is the This was a gamble for me; I don’t usually read Regency romances other than Georgette Heyer’s and I was worried that this book might be silly and derivative. However, I’m pleased to say that I found it entertaining, intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable. Although some elements of the plot undoubtedly draw heavily on Heyer and Austen and we have a heroine who in many ways resembles Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair, Sophie Irwin still manages to make the story feel fresh and engaging. Kitty Talbot is the eldest of five recently orphaned sisters whose father has left them with a mountain of debt and in danger of losing their home. Having just been jilted by her wealthy fiancé, Kitty decides that the only solution is to find another rich man to marry – but unless she can do so within the next twelve weeks, Netley Cottage will be repossessed and the family thrown into poverty. So, accompanied by her sister Cecily, Kitty heads to London for the Season, determined to launch herself into society and find a suitable husband as soon as possible. Once settled in London at the home of her mother’s old friend, Aunt Dorothy, Kitty sets her sights on young Archie de Lacy, who quickly succumbs to her charms. But just as Archie seems to be on the verge of proposing, his brother Lord Radcliffe arrives from his country estate – and sees straight through her plans. This is going to make finding a husband much more difficult than Kitty had expected! Although I could predict from early in the novel how it was going to end, that didn’t make it any less fun to read. Sophie Irwin throws just about everything into the story that you would expect to find in a Regency romance: balls, dinner parties, trips to the theatre and the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, carriage rides, notorious gambling dens, elopements to Gretna Green and encounters with highwaymen. There are also plenty of interactions between our heroine and the man we can quickly guess is going to be the hero, allowing us to watch their relationship develop over the course of the novel. Kitty is unashamedly open – at least to her family and friends – about her plans to marry for money. She’s ruthless and manipulative, yet it’s clear that everything she does is for the sake of her younger sisters and she is not motivated by greed or personal comfort. Even though you know that what she is doing is morally wrong, you can’t help hoping that she succeeds. I also hoped for some happiness for her sister, Cecily, who at eighteen is just a few years younger and has accompanied Kitty to London at their Aunt Dorothy’s suggestion. The bookish, intellectual Cecily is more comfortable reading poetry or visiting a museum, but she reluctantly tags along with Kitty to tea parties and dances and almost ruins her sister’s schemes by making one faux pas after another. I noticed one or two words and phrases that don’t belong in a Regency novel (‘misgendering’ being the worst example), but the language is generally appropriate and the period is brought to life quite vividly. The book does have a lot of interesting things to say about wealth, the class system and why some people should be denied the same opportunities in life as others just because they come from a less privileged background. This gives the novel some extra depth and makes it more than just a light romance. This is Sophie Irwin’s first novel, but I’m already looking forward to her next one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    Dorsetshire England 1818 - 5 sisters, orphans and destitute. The oldest, Kitty, just jilted by her fiance whose family thinks HER family is inappropriate. What's a girl to do? Why, go off to London to find a wealthy husband, no love needed!! Kitty and Cecily Talbot go off to London to be with Aunt Dorothy. Auntie has the ins with some of London's society. The 'season' is just about to begin. Kitty starts looking. At first, I thought the book would be predictable. I almost stopped reading it. I am Dorsetshire England 1818 - 5 sisters, orphans and destitute. The oldest, Kitty, just jilted by her fiance whose family thinks HER family is inappropriate. What's a girl to do? Why, go off to London to find a wealthy husband, no love needed!! Kitty and Cecily Talbot go off to London to be with Aunt Dorothy. Auntie has the ins with some of London's society. The 'season' is just about to begin. Kitty starts looking. At first, I thought the book would be predictable. I almost stopped reading it. I am glad that I did not. While some things were inevitable, others were a COMPLETE SURPRISE. That's what I like in a book - the surprises. Not all of the characters were likeable but all were well developed. I got a good sense of London Society in the early 19th century. And I fell in love with Kitty; she was quite resourceful as she carried out her plan to find a rich hubby. 4 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This was an easy read, and a nice foray into the elegance, and ruthlessness, of Regency London. It was well-done for a modern historical romance, but a bit lost in the current sea of Bridgerton fandom. It was just a bit bland and repetitive, but Kitty's practicality and spunky nature was fun and fresh. This was an easy read, and a nice foray into the elegance, and ruthlessness, of Regency London. It was well-done for a modern historical romance, but a bit lost in the current sea of Bridgerton fandom. It was just a bit bland and repetitive, but Kitty's practicality and spunky nature was fun and fresh.

  29. 4 out of 5

    K.S. Marsden

    After the death of their parents, it is up to Kitty to secure an advantageous marriage, to save them from destitution. Lord Radcliffe starts as a hurdle, but soon becomes her ally. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. After their parents die, and their debts threaten to take everything from them, Kitty thinks she has the problem solved, with an engagement to the squire's son. Mr Linfield throws her over for an elegant woman of better breeding. There are no other r After the death of their parents, it is up to Kitty to secure an advantageous marriage, to save them from destitution. Lord Radcliffe starts as a hurdle, but soon becomes her ally. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. After their parents die, and their debts threaten to take everything from them, Kitty thinks she has the problem solved, with an engagement to the squire's son. Mr Linfield throws her over for an elegant woman of better breeding. There are no other rich bachelors in the area, so Kitty plans to travel to London with her prettiest sister, and ingratiate herself into high society. Her plans to ensnare a rich young man seem to be going too well, when she catches the attention of Archie de Lacy; until his older brother puts a stop to it. Rather than be put off, Kitty promises to turn her attention elsewhere, if he promises to help her navigate the ton. I liked the premise, that a woman of poor fortune and questionable birth, would rise through the ranks using nothing but her wit and stubborn belief that she can achieve her aims. Unfortunately, I did not like any of the characters. Both Kitty and her sister are selfish and bland. Despite my hopes, I could not connect with them. I also thought it was poorly written - we are constantly told how charming and effervescent Kitty is. Which is a harsh contrast to what is shown to the reader. Every time we are told, it just jarred that much harder. Archie is a rather annoying puppy-dog, with no further depth. His older brother James was a little more interesting, but couldn't improve the book. The story was completely flat. I found it very slow-moving. The plot has no subtlety; apart from Jame's interference, there is no conflict. The characters are bland, and offer no appeal. The historical aspect was flawed, relying on known cliches and made no effort to explore the world.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

    buckle up besties, it's time to catch a sugar daddy (?) buckle up besties, it's time to catch a sugar daddy (?)

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