Book Review: A Lady’s guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin

The season is about to begin—and there’s not a minute to lose.

Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. This is 1818 after all, and only men have the privilege of seeking their own riches.

With only twelve weeks until the bailiffs call, launching herself into London society is the only avenue open to her, and Kitty must use every ounce of cunning and ingenuity she possesses to climb the ranks.

The only one to see through her plans is the worldly Lord Radcliffe and he is determined to thwart her at any cost, especially when it comes to his own brother falling for her charms.

Can Kitty secure a fortune and save her sisters from poverty? There is not a day to lose and no one—not even a lord—will stand in her way…

I requested this book form Netgalley on a bit of a whim having seen it popping up in my Twitter feed from other bloggers. It’s not my standard choice but it sounded fun and I (along with most of the rest of the country) had enjoyed watching Bridgerton last year so I thought I’d give a Regency book a go as well (yes I know I could have read Julia Quinn but I’m enjoying watching those instead).

I really, really enjoyed it. It was such a fun read with characters that you quickly came to care about. While this is undeniably a romance book, it’s a romance with a good amount of plot and a wonderful heroine.

Kitty enters in to London society with only one goal in mind – to find a rich husband. She’s not looking for romance, her love for her sisters is what drives her and she’s quite prepared to sacrifice herself to a loveless match to keep a roof over their heads.

The odds are stacked against Kitty from the start, bankrupt, an outsider and hiding a family secret. With the help of her mother’s old friend though she is determined to succeed. Kitty’s ruthlessness in pursuit of her fortune could have made her feel cold but she’s balanced perfectly and you really feel for her as she bulldozes her way through the ton.

There is a lot of love, fun and scandal in this book. It was light with serious undertones and it balanced perfectly. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

With thanks to Harper Collins and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review.

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting publishes on 12 May 2022