My friend, Stephanie, offered me La Petite Four by Regina Scott since she knows how much I like YA fiction. Am I trying to relive my youth? Am I living vicariously through these books? I often wonder why women in their 30s with young families connect so well to YA fiction. I know I’m not the only one.
Anyway, this is a historical YA romance mystery. Yes, it has a little of everything. It’s about four young girls who have recently graduated from a finishing school and they can’t wait to enter society. However, Lady Emily finds herself engaged to an awful Lord Robert who the girls think is “up to something.” They launch their own investigation in hopes of rescuing Lady Emily from this marriage.
This is a cute, quick read. I think it’s actually appropriate for young adults as there are no sexy scenes. There’s some innocent kissing, but that’s fine for a young teen, right? It doesn’t go beyond that. The book strives to stick to the protocol of old England. There’s a hierarchy, titles, and proper etiquette as well as the protection of the maidens. The author does a pretty good job keeping the historical time accurate for the readers.
The story is fun. The authors does attempt to provide alternatives to the bad guys. However, her hints throughout the novel make the ending rather predcitable. I don’t think this is a bad thing, though. I actually liked the ending and it hinted at more romance for Lady Emily in the future without totally making it a “happily ever after.”
At 231 pages, this book packs in several genres and does it with flair. I enjoyed the mystery, the coming-of-age worries of the girls, and the budding romances, not to mention the historical aspects. In this novel, we get to use our imaginations a little more in the romance department, which was fun.
This is a quick, fun, summer read. Enjoy!