Best Regency Romance Fiction Book Reviews From BookViral

A BookViral Review Of The Portrait By Cassandra Austen

SUMMARY: The ancient Claverton earldom is no more, because Lady Catherine Claverton was born a girl. Banished to the countryside as a child and forgotten, she lives her life alone and angry.

The BookViral Review: An enthralling Regency Romance, The Portrait proves a notable debut for Cassandra Austen in a genre which often suffers from a lack of originality and a heavy reliance on well-worn tropes. Beautifully written in prose that vibrantly capture the essence of her characters, the dashing Captain  Avebury and the manipulative Sir Lyle, prove the perfect foils to the Countess St. Clair’s spirited questing nature as secrets from their pasts threaten the future they hope to build. Privileged and wealthy they live in a world in which everything, including desire, seems perfectly ordered and yet Austen confidently conveys a genuine sense of how passion is lived and often lost in the real world. Desire, surges of tenderness, obsession, suspicion, jealousy and the intensity of true love, pages turn as the superficial order surrounding the Countess and Captain Avebury is stripped away and their darkest secrets are finally revealed. These alone are reasons enough for fans of the period romance genre to pick up a copy, but what really sets Austen’s novel on a pedestal is The Countess St. Clair’s innate sense of vulnerability. Judiciously avoiding a maudlin or saccharin approach to her disability and desire to be seen as perfect Austen conveys it with just the right amount of melodrama and intrigue.

 A genuine page-turner, The Portrait proves an exceptional read and one definitely deserving of your attention. It is recommended without reservation.

Recommended Book Reviews
In The BookViral Spotlight

Author Publishing Tips & Recommended Book Reviews

Bestselling books about war and redemption
Book Reviews
Editorial Team

Gripping Historical Fiction Novels

Mason’s evocative writing captures the emotional depth and atmospheric settings, from the North African desert to post-war civilian life. This powerful tale challenges readers to confront the darker aspects of human nature.

Read More »
Exploring self-discovery, conflict, and redemption in biographical literary fiction.
Book Reviews
Editorial Team

Biographical Literary Fiction

Dive into an in-depth review of this biographical literary fiction, exploring themes of self-discovery, inner conflict, and redemption. Discover the intricate journey of manhood and psychological growth through a compelling character analysis and introspective reflections.

Read More »

Book Reviews That Readers Trust.

From humble beginnings in 2002 as a book review club BookViral has grown to become the first choice in book reviews for authors around the world and one of the biggest book review sites on the web. BookViral reaches millions of potential readers through best practice SEO and a trusted social media presence ensuring readers get unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust. 

BookViral also offers a full suite of author services, including, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, website design and bespoke SEO that help authors get discovered by more potential readers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. 

© Copyright 2019 BookViral Reviews. All Rights Reserved.