Written by Crista McHugh
Peel: A woman receives a completely unromantic letter from a potential suitor, and turns to her servant to dissuade him. Susanna, posing as Charlotte, continues writing to the suitor and their letters become increasingly personal.
This is a fun short story, and the beginning is especially entertaining to read. The main character is rather likable, though she lacks any flaws. McHugh’s language is quite descriptive, and pushes the reader through the entire story.
Often Susanna would write as if she were the voice of all women, which I found rather annoying. The ending tied up everything rather quickly and superficially, either a longer ending or an epilogue would have made the ending seem more likely. All in all, I liked the idea behind the piece but I wasn’t huge on the execution.
Nibble: “If he ever showed his face here, she personally would give him such a tongue-lashing, his pride would limp for days.”
I would recommend this as a quick sweet distraction.
My Rating: 5 out of 10 sugary sweet apples
I received an advanced electronic copy from the publisher, Carina Press, via NetGalley.