Monday, April 30, 2018

Review | Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey

Suitors and Sabotage
by Cindy Anstey 
Published by Swoon Reads on April 17th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: ARC 
Source: Provided by Raincoast Books in exchange for honest review

Summary from Goodreads: 
Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father's approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother's intended.

But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of "accidents," it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .

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Suitors and Sabotage is Cindy Anstey's third novel. It centres around Imogene, who is getting prepared for her possible engagement to one Ernest Steeple, and Benjamin, who happens to be Ernest's brother. However, both Imogene and Benjamin hit it off while Imogene's best friend, Emily, believes herself to be in love with Benjamin. It's a bit like Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

I liked Suitors and Sabotage but just not as much as I thought I would. I enjoyed reading Imogene's interactions with Ben, and vice versa, as well as witnessing the attraction between the two begin to flourish. They were able to talk to one another easily and though they knew that they shouldn't be thinking or feeling the way they o about each other, they found themselves unable to really fight off their growing attraction and sparking chemistry. I also enjoyed reading about Ernest and Benjamin's strong and stable sibling relationship, especially considering how close they are, as well as Emily and Imogene's friendship, who are more like sisters than best friends, who tell each other everything and always offer their support. 

In the end, it was an okay book to read. Not what I typically imagined this book would be like but nonetheless enjoyable to read. 


About The Author:

Cindy Anstey spends her time writing and adventuring around the world. She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her backyard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French. Cindy loves history, mystery and... a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel. She currently resides in Nova Scotia, Canada.