History, Mystery, and Romance: Chameleon by Jillian Kent
|Chameleon: The Ravensmoore Chronicles, Bk II|
by Jillian Kent
Lady Victoria Grayson journeys to London for the first time in her adult life after battling an illness that kept her homebound for years. She is embroiled in a hornet's nest of intrigue when her brother is called upon to treat a Member of Parliament after a brutal attack.
Lord Witt understands that some people are not what they pretend to be. When he meets Victoria, his cynical nature is challenged, along with his doubts about God. Together they must confront their pasts in order to solve a mystery that could devastate their future.
Just like the previous novel in this series, Chameleon is not just a romance but also a book that examines a ore serious side, mental health and its treatment in the early 19th century. As a reader of Christian romance and romance in general a lot of what I read sometimes comes across as "fluff" but this series has more substance and I love its Gothic feel. One of the author endorsements on the back cover states something along the lines that the book is a mix of Sherlock meets Jane Austen and I have to agree. I kept expecting Sherlock to pop up in one of the London alleyways! I love a good historical mystery or suspense and unfortunately there aren't enough out there but this one fits the bill.
If you haven't read the first book (it's been a while for me so I didn't remember a lot of details) you will still be able to follow along with the characters and the story line. In the beginning Victoria starts out as a bit of a TSTL (too stupid to live) heroine but as the story progresses she loses some of that naivete and becomes more believable and therefore becomes much more likable. I understand that she was ill for most of her life and cosseted and sheltered by her family but immediately trusting a stranger whom you met over an "almost corpse" is a bit unbelievable.
In the end however Ms. Kent weaves a web of intrigue that compares to Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series or Carol Carr's Madam of Espionage books. Romance, mystery and history abound in this book so it's sure to please fans of most any genre! Lovers of the classics and those who long for something different in the Christian fiction genre might want to give this one a try.
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~ 4 out of 5 stars ~
*I received my complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest review.*