Title: A Little Light Mischief
Author: Cat Sebastian
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: Sept 3, 2019
Shelves: Female-fronted, Female-authored
Some books are over far too soon, and some characters say goodbye long before we’re ready, but when the time spent together is this good, a reader can hardly complain.
A Little Light Mischief is a Regency romance between two young women in early 19th century London that’s as amusing and adorable as its leads. It’s a story of kinship, friendship, and companionship that is full of playful verbal sparring before the will-they/won’t-they romance finds its heart. Molly is a lady’s maid, a young woman who lives for a daughter she only sees for an hour each night, while Alice is the discarded daughter of a vicar, her reputation sullied by a vicious lie, who only wants to disappear and not be noticed. Their employer, Mrs. Wraxhall, is a woman I wish we saw more of, but what little we do see presents her as an uncommonly open-minded and supportive Lady who, I suspect, sees more than she lets on (especially towards the end).
These are all strong, independent women, full of purpose and passion. Each has been impacted by the men in their lives, but they have not allowed those experiences to define them. They’re as admirable as they are likable, which makes the blossoming romance something special. For the most part it’s stolen glances, soft caresses, carefully chosen words, hidden feelings, and romantic insecurities, but that makes the pivotal kiss that much more significant. I do love that mutual bosom appreciation was such a playful part of their flirting, as it fits so well with their banter.
There is a subplot of avenging the patriarchy in the latter chapters, but it’s less about revenge and more about empowerment, keeping the focus firmly on Molly and Alice. No spoiler, this is a happily-ever-after story, but it’s one that is well-earned and well-deserved. I’ll definitely be reading more of Cat Sebastian – no matter how many odd looks or sideways glances it earns me – because this was satisfying in a way that I needed.
Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀