A Curious Beginningby Deanna Raybourn
Book 1 of Veronica Speedwell
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Progress: 79 of 336 pages (23%)
"You will be my newly wedded bride whose family do not approve. I will say we are in fear of being apprehended by your wicked guardian who was robbing you of your fortune and that we require a place of safety until we can secure the money for ourselves."
"That is a plot straight from a penny dreadful. No one could possibly believe it. More to the point, you and I could hardly masquerade as a couple joined in the harmonious state of matrimony. We seem distinctly unsuited."
Is that a fake marriage/couple plot device I see? O.O I'm becoming even more intrigued than I have been since I started reading this book.
I'm much further into the book than I would like to call this a first impression, but to be honest, my impression has only grown fonder as the book progresses. Veronica Speedwell is such a delight! She's witty, sarcastic, and resourceful, and blatantly brash and unperturbed by just about anything.
And I love how she's so blunt!
The mysteries have already started off, and we jump into the conflict much more quickly than I had expected, having just recently finished the Julia Grey series, which, in contrast, spent a whole deal of a lot more time building up the setting and the atmosphere than progressing the story lines.
I'm pleasantly ecstatic at how much I'm loving this book so far.
"What is your Christian name?"
"Veronica," I said at last.
He gaped at me. "You mean like the plant veronica? The Plantiginales commonly known as speedwell? You are joking."
And thus is the life of Veronica Speedwell, I suppose. *snicker*