Review: The Bowes Inheritance

Now that The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is out on ebook, I’ve had some time to get reacquainted with historical fiction. (You can expect more reviews of historical fiction here on the blog as well.)

I posted on a Facebook group what I wanted in a novel: Victorian era, based in England or New York and something with a romantic sub-plot would be okay but not strictly a romance. Several readers recommended Pam Lecky’s The Bowes Inheritance. It checked all the boxes and so much more.

After months and months of falling asleep every night to non-fiction history, I just assumed reading was making my eyelids heavy. But this book proved me wrong.

When I got cozy in bed with this historical fiction novel, a pretty Victorian lady gracing the cover, I didn’t expect to be flipping pages on my Kindle app as fast as possible to see what happened, but Lecky’s delightful novel had me staying up late to make sure my favorite characters were going to be okay.

Loved the strong-willed, feisty hero. Loved, loved, loved her. I also enjoyed the banter between the main character and her horrible neighbor. Later, the chemistry between the main character and a love interest was steamy as hell. Very enjoyable. Also really liked and her close relationship with her sister and their friend Anna.

Lecky’s novel was an unexpected surprise. Highly recommended.


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jillianne hamilton headshotJillianne Hamilton is an author, history enthusiast, book lover and graphic designer. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. Her debut non-fiction book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast.
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