Title: A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty Series, Book 1)
Author: Tracie Peterson
Socialite Mia Stanley, who has known comfort most all her life, becomes involved in the plight of the women left behind when their husbands go to sea. As a writer for a women’s magazine, she feels it’s her duty to expose the mistreatment of these women and facilitate justice. Garrett Wilson, longtime family friend, is determined to keep her out of harm’s way and protect her reputation. Over time, Mia, who fancies herself an expert matchmaker, discovers she has fallen in love. Her pursuit of the truth down at the docks just might cause her to lose her family, friends, and the man she hopes to marry.
What I liked about the story:
Mia’s struggles with high society’s demands and her compassion for the oppressed women living in constant poverty were expressed in a smooth balance. I enjoyed the interruptions every time she and Garrett tried to have a serious conversation. I especially liked Mia’s confusion over her feelings for Garrett – I don’t think we don’t see this very often in novels.
What I liked about the writing:
Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors because she’s so good at weaving history through her stories. I enjoy novels that teach me a little bit about past cultures, and this book provided a glimpse of life in Philadelphia before the Civil War. This story was a simple read with a sweet Emma type feel.