Wednesday, July 19

Audiobook Review: The Footman and I by Valerie Bowman

Author: Valerie Bowman
Narrator: Christine Rendel

Title: The Footman and I
Series: The Footmen's Club #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: May 23, 2020
Where I Got It: Audible

Let the games begin . . .

Every fortune-hunting female in London is after the newly titled Earl of Kendall, but he's intent on finding a wife whose heart is true. So, while drunkenly jesting with his friends in a pub one night, he has an idea—what if the ladies of the ton didn't know he was a wealthy earl? All he has to do is pose as a servant at his friend's summer country house party and make sure the guest list is full of beautiful, eligible debutantes. What could possibly go wrong?

Meant to listen to this a while back for a reading challenge...but I forgot about it and picked something else. Oops. Oh well. However, I was still curious about this so I decided to give this a go finally. 

Every fortune-hunting female in London wants the new Earl. Lucas wants a wife, but after having his heart broken years ago, he is intent on finding a kind wife with a big heart. How can this be done in the ton? One drunken night with his friends, they decide to pose as servants at his friend's summer country house party! This will show the real heart of these women. What could possibly go wrong? Enter in Frances who is being pushed to marry to save the family. She doesn't want marriage. She just wants to fight for the rights of the poor and employed. 

You know what? I really, really enjoyed this. I expected to like it, sure, but not as much as I ended up doing.

I loved that Frances is such a good egg. I loved that Lucas wanted a good egg. They are perfect for each other. I loved that they became friends first even though he is a lowly "servant". She is just so nice. I loved watching them go from friends to more.

Poor Frances and her poor family. Her dad needs to be locked up!!!! He literally is gambling away everything. Broke my heart. 

I did like the resolution of everything at the end. I was worried Frances, when she finds out (and you know she does) would just roll over and be all "LOVE CONQUERS ALL". I woulda smacked her if she did. I won't spoil WHAT happens, but WHAT happens was fitting. Kuddos to the author for that. The scene at dinner was fantastic. 

The narrator fit well and I liked her voices for the characters. They worked well. 

In the end, I enjoyed this WAY more than I expected to. Honestly....I adored this book. I loved the moral issues it shines a light on. I loved that an Earl and his friends did what they did. I loved Frances. This was all a lot of fun. And the narrator was a nice cherry on top. She was good for everyone. I'm going to stamp this 5 stars. My first 5 stars of the month! 

- #30 for Audiobook challenge


Blodeuedd said...

Wow, you really liked this one 😄 I did too

Northwoman said...

Great to see you enjoyed this one.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Jen Twimom said...

Oh! Sounds like a winner. I LOVE when the author doesn't take the easy way out of a situation and goes against what you *think* will happen. It makes me so happy.

Carole Rae said...

B, it was so good.

Anne, :D

Jen, it is so nice when the author makes it unique.