So Fair a Lady

So Fair a Lady

Boston, MA 1773: Shards of Eliza Campbell's life crash to the ground when she discovers a devastating secret: her father was a spy for the Sons of Liberty. Determined to uncover the truth--at any cost--not even a marriage proposal from the dashing British Officer Samuel Martin can dissuade her. When rescued from British capture by handsome patriot Thomas Watson, Eliza disc...

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Title:So Fair a Lady
Author:Amber Lynn Perry
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So Fair a Lady Reviews

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I have loved reading novels set in the Colonial time period since I picked up Ann Rinaldi's Time Enough for Drums as a teenager. There is something about the political birth of our country and the patriots that affected change that is so powerful. This book is especially dynamic since Eliza begins loyal to the King of England, but as she follows the prompting of her father to search for the truth, she comes to an understanding that the true King to whom her loyalties belong is God.

    The relationsh

    I have loved reading novels set in the Colonial time period since I picked up Ann Rinaldi's Time Enough for Drums as a teenager. There is something about the political birth of our country and the patriots that affected change that is so powerful. This book is especially dynamic since Eliza begins loyal to the King of England, but as she follows the prompting of her father to search for the truth, she comes to an understanding that the true King to whom her loyalties belong is God.

    The relationship Eliza has with her sister Kitty is sweet and also grounding since they don't know where their future will take them, but they are strong for each other. The chemistry between Eliza and Thomas is palpable, and the restrained passion creates a wonderful romantic tension. It was interesting to read Officer Martin's point of view as well, since he doesn't appear to be a villain to Eliza and Kitty, and his decisions stem from a real worry for Eliza.

    The pacing of the novel is well-done, with a good balance of action and apprehension as well as pondering and growth. The ending wraps this book up, however there is another novel in the series with Kitty as the main character, and I am excited that it will be releasing this summer! I definitely recommend this book to fans of Jody Hedlund's writing. Amber Perry's debut novel has been not only a pleasure to read, but also thought-provoking and inspiring.

    (ARC provided by the author for unbiased review)

  • Amy

    So Fair A Lady is the main reason why I do not just read books from major publishing companies. there are so many diamond reads from independent publishing and this book is one of those. I loved Amber Lynn Perry's characters, location, and story. She definitely knows how to write. Her writing reminds me of two of my favorite authors, Laura Frantz and Jody Hedlund. What a fantastic debut! I can't wait to read book 2 of the series. I love love love this book. It's definitely a keeper. Way to go, A

    So Fair A Lady is the main reason why I do not just read books from major publishing companies. there are so many diamond reads from independent publishing and this book is one of those. I loved Amber Lynn Perry's characters, location, and story. She definitely knows how to write. Her writing reminds me of two of my favorite authors, Laura Frantz and Jody Hedlund. What a fantastic debut! I can't wait to read book 2 of the series. I love love love this book. It's definitely a keeper. Way to go, Amber!

    5 plus more stars.

  • Ruth

    I loved this book so much I was so sad it ended. I fell in love with all the characters and how they interacted with each other. It starts out with the main character, Eliza confused to find out that her father was a patriot and not a loyalist. Her father always told her to stay true to the king but he was against the king so who should she be loyal to? While she is torned between what side she is ment to be on she meets a handsome patriot named Thomas Martain. Now she has to make some big decis

    I loved this book so much I was so sad it ended. I fell in love with all the characters and how they interacted with each other. It starts out with the main character, Eliza confused to find out that her father was a patriot and not a loyalist. Her father always told her to stay true to the king but he was against the king so who should she be loyal to? While she is torned between what side she is ment to be on she meets a handsome patriot named Thomas Martain. Now she has to make some big decisions that will change her life forever.

  • Beth

    So Fair a Lady is a novel for those who crave a lot of romantic moments in their historical fiction. Though the plot focuses primarily on the romantic aspect of the story, the historical aspects were well-done. I loved the little nuances about their daily life – nights talking & reading by the fire, days spent baking, working as a printer and intricate gowns worn by the ladies. The language, mannerisms, dress and descriptions all spoke to the colonial period.

    My favorite parts of the story w

    So Fair a Lady is a novel for those who crave a lot of romantic moments in their historical fiction. Though the plot focuses primarily on the romantic aspect of the story, the historical aspects were well-done. I loved the little nuances about their daily life – nights talking & reading by the fire, days spent baking, working as a printer and intricate gowns worn by the ladies. The language, mannerisms, dress and descriptions all spoke to the colonial period.

    My favorite parts of the story were the talks about the political temperature in the colonies; I actually wanted more of that. One of the scenes includes a high-tension rally among the patriots, which really drew me in. To be honest, I found Dr. Nathaniel Smith, leader of the rally and an important secondary character in the book to be the most fascinating character of all – not that I didn’t enjoy Eliza and Thomas’s story – I just wanted more of the tension between the colonists and the royalists to be more present in the story as those aspects were fascinating when present.

    I found the antagonist to be a bit flat. He was certainly a villain through and through, but I wasn’t sure where the motivation for his obsession with Eliza originated. They had a long history together, of course, but for me the question was what in his past triggered his behavior toward her? Most villains don’t start out as horrible people, but rather become misguided along the way. I did find him to propel the plot in a realistic way, but I wished to know a bit about his past, etc. to get a better idea of his motivation.

    Amber Perry’s style of storytelling reminds me a lot of Julie Lessman’s writing – I can see fans of her gobbling up this novel for sure. It has some very romantic moments (no worries, all is clean!), with a lot of drama thrown in the mix, that are reminiscent of Lessman’s style, but Perry has her own distinct style in this debut. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

    I recommend So Fair a Lady for readers looking for a romantic historical, swoon-worthy kisses, hurried rescues and all – swoon-seekers certainly won’t be disappointed here! I think the second book is about Eliza’s sister, Kitty, and Thomas’s friend, Nathaniel, which I think will make a fascinating story!

  • Kalyn

    I never know what to expect when I read a new author, so I was really surprised when I fell in love with this one! The descriptions made me feel like I was actually involved in the story, and I couldn't put it down. Definitely picking up book #2!

  • Joleen

    So... I purchased all 3 Kindle books of this series AND the Audible versions to go with them... assuming that, with an average rating of about 4.2, they would be pretty good. Well, this one isn't off to the best start. Reasons below...

    Story:

    The year is 1773. Eliza Campbell and her sister Kitty are at their father's bedside when dies, leaving a cryptic letter behind, requesting she not share any part of it with her 17 year old sister. In it she's shocked to read his explanation of his being a part of the Sons of Liberty; a movement working to get out from under King George (patriots vs loyalists). She had no idea her father was anything but truly loyal to the King. Also, he describes how she should not trust Samuel, who happens to be a "Red Coat" and someone she's grown to care for very much, and could see herself marrying. What was she to think? What she doesn't know is he's been blackmailing a gentleman close to her father for information of sedition from the colonists.

    She meets this same man by a fluke one day. That evening he comes banging on her door crying that she and her sister Kitty are in grave danger, that soldiers were after them. This is the beginning of Eliza, Thomas and Kitty being on the run for weeks, hiding from the very man who had just asked her the day before to marry him.

    The story was a good one, and the pre-revolutionary war history was interesting, including the Boston Tea Party. My problem isn't with the story as much as how it was told. The author wanted to let the readers know how much Thomas was attracted to Eliza with no less than seven times bringing up her luscious, flawless, perfect, gentle curves, and the word pictures about how they felt at the other's touch were just over the top. In my progress update I wrote, "...phrases like, "His name sent a burst of flower petals down her skin". Laughable and sad at the same time. It's ruining a perfectly wonderful book." Romance/attraction can be told by an author in such a way that the reader deeply "feels" it, rather than having it thrown in their faces, so to speak.

    Ah well, still, good story, so I'll give her that. On to the next one.

  • Cassandra

    The author has promise but this book frustrated me. There were a few noticeable misspellings and grammar mistakes, so the book could have used a good editor. The story was interesting and that's what held my interest through the end. The romance, however, drove me insane. I don't read purely romance novels because of lines like this -

    "His name sent a burst of flower petals showering down her skin."

    "The closeness of him almost untied the laces of her willpower."

    Yuck!!

    If the romantic thoughts ar

    The author has promise but this book frustrated me. There were a few noticeable misspellings and grammar mistakes, so the book could have used a good editor. The story was interesting and that's what held my interest through the end. The romance, however, drove me insane. I don't read purely romance novels because of lines like this -

    "His name sent a burst of flower petals showering down her skin."

    "The closeness of him almost untied the laces of her willpower."

    Yuck!!

    If the romantic thoughts are toned down and the next book is edited better, I'll be happy to continue reading this author because I do think she has promise. But I can't stomach more of the same.

  • Christin

    I'm 35% through and I just don't think I can finish this book. In 35% there has been a misuse of your vs. you're, unbelievable immediate attraction (from a girl who had previously discussed marriage multiple times with another guy who is the villain), a traitor who is pitied instead of punished, several instances of "personal revelation" where God just bypasses Scripture to tell this girl that some strange man is the best ever, and rather surprisingly, a near death visit from her father's "spiri

    I'm 35% through and I just don't think I can finish this book. In 35% there has been a misuse of your vs. you're, unbelievable immediate attraction (from a girl who had previously discussed marriage multiple times with another guy who is the villain), a traitor who is pitied instead of punished, several instances of "personal revelation" where God just bypasses Scripture to tell this girl that some strange man is the best ever, and rather surprisingly, a near death visit from her father's "spirit" where he intercedes for her and gives a message from God. Ugh. There were also several instances of the whole world fading away due to the nearness of the love interest...after knowing each other for 3 days...while they're fleeing from bad guys...while walking 20 miles a day... hmm.

    Scripture alone speaks God's word to us. Jesus alone mediates our relationship with the Father. Dead people's spirits don't come talk to you from heaven. This of how unbiblical ideas creep into the church!

  • Christine

    Got bored not going to finish

  • Shantelle

    Honestly, I ended up skimming at the end. Among other things, there was content that I did not agree with/was uncomfortable with.

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