Sixteen Scandals

From History Book By Book
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Age of Revolutions

Sixteen Scandals
Author: Jordan, Sophie
Buy at Amazon |

Time Period: Age of Revolutions
Time Frame: 1812
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Great Britain
Topics: Regency Era
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2021

World History > Age of Revolutions

In this irreverent regency romp by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan, newly minted sixteen-year-old Primrose Ainsworth finds herself on a wayward birthday adventure through London with a mysterious hero—perfect for fans of My Lady Jane.

The youngest of four daughters, Primrose Ainsworth is used to getting lost in the shuffle. But when her parents decide to delay her debut into English society, Prim hatches a plan to go rogue on the night of her sixteenth birthday.

Donning a mask, Prim escapes to the infamous Vauxhall Gardens for one wild night. When her cover is nearly blown, a mysterious stranger intercedes, and Prim finds an unexpected partner in mischief . . . and romance. But when it’s revealed her new ally isn’t who he says he is, her one night of fun may last past dawn.

In this frothy regency romp perfect for fans of Austen-esque flirtation and Shakespearean hijinks, sometimes a little scandal can be a good thing.

Emily's Review

I thought this story was a lot of fun. I expected it to feel more like Sixteen Candles, based on the title and synopsis, but this felt a little more like Cinderella, but make it Regency.

Primrose is the youngest daughter in a family of all girls and despite it being her 16th birthday, her mother still refuses to allow her out in society. Primrose is tired of feeling lonely and alone while everyone else has all the fun and so she and her best friend dress up and sneak out for a wild night at Vauxhall, where shenanigans ensue.

I think I was about halfway through the story when I realized this was a romance novel, and I was enjoying myself enough that I didn't even care. This might be the first time I actually enjoyed a historical romance! I really liked the character of Primrose, I thought she was a great protagonist. I do wish we could have gotten more time with her friend Olympia - I feel like their dynamic could have been a bit more developed, but I really liked Jacob too, he was a much better character than Jake Ryan. I also liked that there was some discussion about gender roles in society and expectations about the way a woman should behave.

Overall this was a fun Regency-era romp and I will be interested to see what the author writes next.

Other Similar Books

Other suggestions on the subject of Regency Era.