Shades of Milk and Honey
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: August 3rd 2012
Series: Glamourist Histories #1
Book Rating 4/5
Shades of Milk and Honey is an intimate portrait of Jane Ellsworth, a woman ahead of her time in a version of Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality. But despite the prevalence of magic in everyday life, other aspects of Dorchester’s society are not that different: Jane and her sister Melody’s lives still revolve around vying for the attentions of eligible men.
Jane resists this fate, and rightly so: while her skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face, and therefore wins the lion’s share of the attention. At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, Jane has resigned herself to being invisible forever. But when her family’s honor is threatened, she finds that she must push her skills to the limit in order to set things right–and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.
Book received: Rented
Why I Picked it up: The cover of the sequel, Glamour in Glass, caught my eye one day when I was browsing in the library.
Why I finished it: I enjoyed the book and the strong women in the book. They were reminiscent of Jane Austin’s women who tried to remain true to themselves in the face of society.
Who I would give it to: I would give it to, my co-worker who loves Jane Austin novels. They would become immersed the details of the everyday life, form the painting, sewing, dancing and magic.