- Publisher: Scholastic US
- Format: Paperback | 345 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 205mm x 18mm | 295g
- Publication date: 1 June 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0545048877
- ISBN 13: 9780545048873
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 49,468
Murder, treason, ballgowns, and boys . . . Regency London has never been so deliciously treacherous, adventure-filled, or . . . romantic! Seventeen year old Lady Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued -- in a house full of older brothers and their friends, she had to learn to hold her own. Not the best makings for an aristocratic lady in Regency London. Yet her mother still dreams of marrying Alex off to someone safe, respectable, and wealthy. But between ball gown fittings, dances, and dinner parties, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what may be her biggest scrape yet.
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Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for her own Season. She currently lives in New York with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She is currently at work on her second novel.
By Laetitia @ Flurried Thoughts 11 Jan 2013
Set in the world of Regency London, this story is the narration of a typical London Season, though twistedly driven down into a flurry of treason and danger. The book is based around the experience of a young woman, Lady Alexandra Stafford a.k.a Alex, with a determination of straying from the wealthy candidates that she herself had inconveniently lured without knowing, despite her fiery personality and inexplicably sharp-tongue. Managing to haul along her partners in crime, Ella and Vivi, they become entangled in a mystery that involves life...and death.
Sarah Maclean manages to create a clear image of each character with great detail and connection. She created various characters that will imprint in your mind. Lady Alexandra Stafford (daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Worthington) is feisty, witty and unlike many other young women of her time. She is up to date with politics and loathes the idea of marriage and the trappings of romance, though, her ideas evolve entirely throughout the social whirlwind of the London Season. Another of Alex's greatest friends, Lady Eleanor (Ella) Redburn (eldest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Malborough), shares her loathing for marriage and romance; this rare personality defies her petite, porcelain looks. The story is written with many sub-plots all making sense and connecting together one way or another. I find that with the many sub-plots, the way she wrote in third person yet focusing on one character was a very successful method of writing and gave way to more describing, which I loved. The main plot was very strong and focused upon and being me who's always shouting in my head: "Romance! Romance! Romance!", I think this plot really answered my calls.
This book, I believe ticks most boxes that I would seek for in a book; Romance, More Romance, History, Mystery, Murder and treason. Rarely authors can manage to weave so many categories into such a satisfying story and I believe this is what singled 'The Season' out from other novels. I really don't think this book could be altered in any way and emerge better. In my eyes, it is perfect already and just the type of book that I would want to read again and again (not that I know anyone who did so)
Sarah Maclean incorporated many messages into the book which would vary as you mature and decipher them in your own way. One of the messages that I particularly liked was "Appreciate what you have while you can and don't let this appreciating become corrupted". Messages like these started off as little ideas and these ideas grew as I was told more and more knowledge of the situation, then I was able to piece everything together and turn it into a meaningful message. It isn't a wonder that Sarah was able to keep me so keen on the book. The mere subject of the book was enough to keep me from my studies until the book was done and read. Her describing skills pure amazing, providing me something to look up to in my own writing. The author always built up climaxes leading into consecutive chapters and left questions and curiousity, urging me to read on.
In the end, the Season made me feel thankful for my family yet it also made me long to have lived in the world that Alexandra Stafford lived in, Regency London (or Tudor times would be nice).Recommended for people who like history (even just a little bit) and romance. I wouldn't suggest this book if you weren't the Jane Austen, balls, dinner parties and tea type but it wouldn't hurt to try new things. The Season was an amazing book and I can't wait to read a new novel that you might suggest.
By TeensReadToo 28 Sep 2010
Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford is being introduced into Regency London this season. Too bad she doesn't fit in with her sharp tongue and the fact that she hates dress fittings. The last thing Alex wants is to marry, which is why her mother, the Duchess, is so thrilled it is finally her season.
While Alex attends lavish balls and extravagant dinner parties with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, she also manages to uncover an important secret involving Gavin Blackmoor, a family friend. His father, the Earl, was killed, and Alex wants to help Gavin find the murderer.
In the process of growing closer to Gavin, she finds her feelings changing, and realizes that maybe marriage and love aren't as bad as she thought them to be.
I am a big historical fiction fan, and this book did not disappoint. Sarah MacLean wrote a beautiful debut novel that was hard to put down. Alex's character was witty and fun. She seemed like someone I would be friends with! Gavin was a handsome character who was also sweet.
If you ever come across THE SEASON, you should definitely pick it up. It was great, and I recommend it to anyone!