Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy


A wild west heiress, Summer Wine Lee knows that she's not an acceptable bride for her fiance's knickerbocker family. She grew up in an Arizona mining town, cares more for critters than people, carries a knife under her skirts, and, worst of all, she has a highly improper secret from her past. But she also has high hopes that a real English Duke can teach her how to be a lady...

Were it not for his father's gambling debts, the Duke of Monchester would never have stooped to civilize Summer. But the more time he spends with her, and the more social scrapes he has to rescue her from, the more he finds it impossible to change her into a proper lady. How could he, when he's falling in love with her just the way she is?

I chose to read My Unfair Lady because both My Fair Lady and Pygmalion are favorites. This book looked to be a fun twist on those two stories and it was.

Summer is an improper young lady from the Colonies with too much money and no pedigree. She is in love with Monte, a young man from New York's high society, but when they become engaged and she is introduced to his family they are definitely not impressed. Her answer? She travels to London with a companion and decides to hire the best person available to help her become a lady. She wants to be good enough for Monte and his family.

The person who she and her companion Maria decide hire for the job is the Lord of Monchester. He is not only an arrogant duke, but he has Prince Albert's ear and he's broke. All of these facts qualify him for the tutor position as far as Summer is concerned. But Byron has nothing but contempt for the new wave of American heiresses invading England with their newfound wealth and greed for noble titles. He makes a living entertaining the Prince with his sharp tongue and his wit. He especially enjoys ripping these American heiresses to shreds. He is about to find his match in Summer.

I truly didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. It turned out that this is really a fun story about two very different people who fall in love despite their differences. Acceptance is a theme that prevails throughout and one Ms. Kennedy develops beautifully. Summer's improbable adventures and unorthodox social behavior, and Byron's reluctant admiration and growing love for Summer make My Unfair Lady a fun, fast paced read. One I enjoyed enough to finish in one sitting. Grade B

My Unfair Lady releases December 1, 2009
Review based on ARC copy received from Sourcebooks. You can read an excerpt here.

Other books by Kathryne Kennedy you might enjoy:
Enchanting the Lady (Relics of Merlin #1)
Double Enchantment (Relics of Merlin #2)
Enchanting the Beast (Relics of Merlin #3)
Beneath the Thirteen Moons