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About the Book
Title: Inventing Vivian
Series: The Blue Orchid Society #2
Author: Jennifer Moore
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Covenant Communications, 224 pages
Release Date: June 7, 2021
Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.
After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.
About the Author
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. She suffers from an acute addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.
By Jennifer Moore
Book 2 in the Blue Orchid Society series
Having never read anything from this author before, I was excited to find her writing witty, romantic and suspenseful. As a teenager who fell in love with biology and dissections, I can relate to Vivian’s passion for science and learning. She is a marvelous character and great role model. I can’t imagine the opposition she had to withstand growing up during the Industrial Revolution. I loved how the author talked about wanting to write about the supportive relationship between women. As someone who is a third generation Chinese-American, I was also interested in how she portrayed Chinese immigrants during that time. I felt she was respectful and well researched. However, I believe she used the Mandarin spelling/pronunciation for “master” instead of the Cantonese one.
I loved how much someone can change by just changing their world view. Lord Benedict’s whole life and outlook changed after spending time in a poor village in China. He came back and saw the factory conditions and knew he had to change them. He had the intuition to hire Mr. Thomas even though he was less qualified. Lord Benedict found his family with Mr. Li and hoped that Miss Vivian would be the yin to his yang. Can I be a part of the Blue Orchid Society? Can’t wait to read what comes next!
Highly recommend if you enjoy sweet historical romance with an intelligent female lead, some suspense and a male lead with a heart of gold.
My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.
Other Books in the Series
(The Blue Orchid Society #1)
By Jennifer Moore
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
May 1, 2020 by Covenant Communications
Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she’s the toast of London’s upper class for one simple reason: she’s a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans – she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet another Season proves to be nothing more than the usual rumor mill, Sophie seeks respite in the library alongside four other young women who, for their own reasons, are also looking for escape. As the conversation turns to their secret ambitions, the women form a sisterhood and a bold plan: they will make their dreams a reality, no matter the obstacles. Thus begins the Blue Orchid Society.
Hearing of a murder in a London rookery, Sophie seizes the opportunity to prove her skills. Detective Jonathan Graham doesn’t believe a civilian, a noblewoman at that, should be anywhere near a murder investigation, but Sophie insists on helping bring the killer to justice. Her investigative prowess doesn’t go unnoticed by the police, especially Jonathan, who can’t decide whether this intrepid reporter is a thorn in his side or the woman of his dreams. But as the case grows more complicated and dangerous, their very lives – and their hearts – may be at risk.
One winner will receive a print copy of Inventing Vivian by Jennifer Moore and a $25 Amazon gift card. (US addresses only). Ends July 21, 2021