Plain English ~ A Review

I’m so very glad I got to read Plain English by Rachel Spangler. I’m lucky enough to have already read Full English and Modern English, the other two books this one is connected to. I was enchanted with the first two novels, and I love this one just as much…maybe even more.

All three books are set in the same general location; a small village called Amberwick near the North Sea in England, and Penchant Castle, situated close to the village.  Full English gives us the love story of Emma and Brogan who live in the village. With Modern English, we move to the castle and learn about the romance between Lady Victoria and Sophia. Plain English takes us back to the village and we get to meet Pip (Lady Phillipa Anne Marion Farne-Sacksley of Mulgrave) and Claire Bailey, an artist who has moved to Amberwick to run an art gallery.

I must admit, I was drawn to Pip from the very beginning of this story. By the end of the first couple of chapters, I had fallen in love with this character, and that only grew the more I read. Pip is such a likeable person, but they have quite a few problems to overcome because of their fluid character and their position in society. Claire has her own problems with the aristocracy, and this provides much of the conflict in the story as the two become close.

This is a beautiful character-driven tale with well-drawn characters, a gorgeous setting, and a heart-melting romance. It was also great fun to see some of my favorite characters from the first two novels since many of them are secondary characters in this book.

Plain English, as well as the first two books, have my highest recommendation. While they can be read as standalone novels, you don’t want to miss a single one, so get all three and read them in order.

I received an ARC from Bywater Books for an honest review.


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