- Title: Solving Sophronia: A Victorian Romance
- Author: Jennifer Moore
- Series: The Blue Orchid Society #1
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Genre: Victorian Romantic Suspense
- Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (May 4, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 152441235X
Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she's the toast of London's upper class for one simple reason: she's a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans - she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet another Season proves to be nothing more than the usual rumor mill, Sophie seeks respite in the library alongside four other young women who, for their own reasons, are also looking for an escape. As the conversation turns to their secret ambitions, the women form a sisterhood and a bold plan: they will make their dreams a reality, no matter the obstacles. Thus begins the Blue Orchid Society.
Hearing of a murder in a London rookery, Sophie seizes the opportunity to prove her skills. Detective Jonathan Graham doesn't believe a civilian, a noblewoman at that, should be anywhere near a murder investigation, but Sophie insists on helping bring the killer to justice. Her investigative prowess doesn't go unnoticed by the police, especially Jonathan, who can't decide whether this intrepid reporter is a thorn in his side or the woman of his dreams. But as the case grows more complicated and dangerous, their very lives - and their hearts - may be at risk
Solving Sophronia was the perfect book I needed to read right now. Sophronia, or Sophie a young lady of high society in the early 1870's wants more than to be just a "Lady". She wants to be a serious journalist which just isn't done by a lady of the Gentry. One evening at a high society ball, Sophie and four other young women form the Blue Orchid Society determined to reach beyond the stilted walls of society and race after their dreams. This first book is all about Sophie, and other books will be coming in the future with the other ladies' stories. This time period was when things started changing for women.
I enjoyed this novel so much. I really liked Sophie and I liked the relationship she formed with Detective Jonathan Graham. They worked very closely together on a murder investigation which kept the novel moving at a great pace. Jonathan is a stalwart character that tries very hard to keep boundaries up between Lady Sophie and himself who grew up in a rookery. This book isn't just about a "romance" but it's also a murder mystery that was so intriguing. I loved the ways the clues were all laid out and how things were pieced together with the work of Sophie, Jonathan, & Detective Lester. Of course, it was exciting to have Sophie's Grandmother Mimi a big part of the story. Mimi's story was told in the novella, Emmeline, that I reviewed recently. Follow this link to read my review.
As an FYI, Emmeline is free all during the month of May on Kindle. Grab your copy while you can. https://amzn.to/2Kekqmy
If you are looking for a novel that is fun, different, a clean romance, mystery, and suspense, then you are going to enjoy reading Solving Sophronia. I know I did!
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