In 1931 England, Astra Davies defies all the conventions. Clever, witty, and determined, she smokes, drinks, plays a mean piano, and gallivants around London with her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. But she finds herself in a tight spot when her parents die suddenly, leaving her with a raft of debts. With few marketable skills and a closet full of family secrets, she has two choices: find a rich husband or make her own way.
A fiercely driven woman like Astra is not about to cast her lot in with a man, especially out of desperation. And since the only man she fancies – Jeremy Harris, the Earl of Dunreaven – is as hard up as she is, her way forward is clear. But the path to independence is a bumpy one fraught with hazards and heartbreaking choices: a blackmailing socialite threatens to derail Astra’s reputation, a brainless business partner just might drive her even further into debt, and a series of bruising scandals dogs her every step of the way.
From the bustle of London to the country estates of the aristocracy, Astra embarks on a journey that tests her brains, wit, and mettle as never before. But one way or another, Astra Davies is dead set on proving she’s no ordinary Bright Young Thing.
Astra has recently lost her parents and her wealth. She has moved in with an aunt as she sorts through the financial mess her parents left behind. She soon discovers many secrets and scandals about her family. So, Astra has had to grow up quickly and use her brains to survive.
I love this cover! Covers are a huge draw for me. But, this story fell a tad bit short. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. But, way too many conversations about little or nothing tended to slow down the flow of the story.
Astra is a character which I enjoyed. However, she is a little too wishy washy for my taste. She did redeem herself in the end.
I will say if I had been physically reading this book, I would have probably put it aside. I have a bit more patience when it comes to an audio book. Plus the narrator is wonderful and this helped me enjoy this novel more than if holding a book in my hand.
This is a good historical tale with lots of family secrets! GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY!
I received this audiobook from the publisher for a honest review.