Sunday, April 5, 2020

A Proper Charade by Esther Bird Hatch

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Lady Patience Kendrick was born to a life of privilege, and with the London Season looming, she finds herself facing unprecedented pressure to adhere to the rules of society. Unfortunately, the free-spirited young woman is anything but proper. Patience's elder brother, a former military man, bemoans his sister's antics - but when he accuses her of incurable frivolity, it is simply more than she can bear. Determined to prove her brother wrong, Patience undertakes a drastic experiment: she will disguise herself as a maid and demonstrate her ability to work as hard as anyone. Taken on as household staff by her brother's former general, Patience soon learns that willingness and ability are two very different things. While her plan sounded promising in theory, the reality is that she is out of her depth - and the irresistibly charming son of the house isn't helping matters. Patience soon finds herself embroiled in a charade far more complicated that she imagined. With both her pride and her heart at stake, she is determined to prove her brother wrong - even as her plans spiral delightfully out of control


This book was just what I needed to cheer me up. I giggled, snorted and laughed outright. I just couldn't help myself. I would consider this a ROM-Com book. It's just that funny and cute!

Esther Hatch is a new to me author and I really enjoyed this book. 

Patience is anything but. I love her because of her spunk and joy for life and knowing how to have fun! She knows what she wants and goes after it. I like that too. 

Anthony is somewhat different. At first I wasn't quite sure how to take him but eventually I warmed up to him. But he's sure hard pressed! It's no fun to be so stiff and formal all the time! My mother was just like him. She didn't know how to have fun at all. I finished this book in one afternoon. It was just so good! I did have a few people look at me like I lost my mind but the book was so worth it. I recommended it to them from six feet away of course. They were walking and I was sitting on a picnic table reading and enjoying the sunshine. I don't know if they'll read it or not but hey I tried! 

I'm recommending the library to order it so others can enjoy it just like I did! I hope they open soon! 
Thank you for such a wonderful read! It made my afternoon so enjoyable! My thanks for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review but I did because I enjoyed it so much!! 

All opinions are my own.

Esther Hatch


Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week. Visit her at


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