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Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother,…

Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother, #1) (utgåvan 2016)

av Emily Larkin

Serier: Baleful Godmother (1)

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On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives an unusual gift: the ability to change shape. Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy. As Charlotte plunges into London's backstreets at Cosgrove's side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life--and falling in love...… (mer)
Titel:Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother, #1)
Författare:Emily Larkin
Info:Emily Larkin, Kindle Edition, 393 pages
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Unmasking Miss Appleby av Emily Larkin


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Charlotte Appleby is living a miserable life with her aunt and uncle. Sure she has a roof over her head and food to eat, but they treat her like crap. So when a Faerie shows up in her room on her 25th birthday and says she has to bestow a gift on her, what’s a woman to do? Pick one and get the hell out of Dodge, that’s what. Charlotte chooses the gift of metamorphosis or shape-changing. The best part is: it’s not just shape-changing, it’s life-changing for Charlotte.

This is one of those books that will grab your fancy and not let go until the end. Charlotte has to pick a gift and the Faerie bestowing it is not like the fairy godmother in Cinderella. She’s like the ones in Grimm Fairy Tales, she may have to bestow a gift, but she’s going to be cruel if she can get away with it. Charlotte is no dummy though and asks questions and carefully weighs her options before choosing her gift.

The year is 1805 and Charlotte’s options are limited. So she decides to shift into a man and apply as a secretary to a Lord from an ad she sees in the paper. She may be a poor relation now, but at one time her mother and father made sure their daughter had a well-rounded education. She’s confident she can do the job. She’s not so sure about being a man. Luckily, Lord Cosgrove takes a chance and hires her, uh, him, uh, Charlotte who is now Christopher Albin. Lord Cosgrove is having some difficulties that a mere secretary would have a hard time helping him to investigate. But Charlotte is in a unique position. She can change into any person or animal and sneak into places neither one could go. The plot is twisty, the characters are wonderful, and Charlotte’s adventures into shape-shifting are fun to witness. Add some romance to the mix (it’s complicated) and it’s the perfect storm. I had a hard time putting this book down. I couldn’t wait to see what was on the next page. Who was the one causing Cosgrove all the trouble? When would he find out about her shape shifting? What would happen when he did? The suspense builds at a steady pace until the big finale. Wonderful! ( )
  AVoraciousReader | May 11, 2019 |
I liked the hero and the heroine but the paranormal aspect of shapeshifting kept them from building a romantic relationship together. I know they spend time together but hero doesn't know it's her and they never bond that way.
The trying to murder mystery was loose end, red-herring, and fractured for me; didn't flow or provide entertainment for me to follow along with.
I may be too square for this story, lol. Like I said in a update, there was more intimacy between the heroine and her "pego" for most of the story than between her and the hero. I'd be interested in reading this author if she didn't include paranormal elements because I liked the hero and heroine's character. ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
On the night that Charlotte Appleby turns 25, a faerie appears to grant her one wish, as has happened to all the women in her family. The history cause of this is never explained, perhaps in a future book? f

She decides on the power to change her form, in order to appear as a man and to be able to work to support herself. Being an orphan, she is dependent on her relatives, who reluctantly take her in, and then regulate her to the role of Regency Charity Girl. Detesting her dependence, she naively chooses to appear as a man without realizing all of the complications that go along with that.

She obtains work as a secretary, develops feelings for her employer, and becomes embroiled in an exciting mystery,

Great premise, and a featuring a very goodhearted heroine. The story was a blend of mystery, romance and a bit of fantasy. Actually, the only part that was fantasy was the faerie stuck in the beginning. There were no further mentions of why her family was gifted with wishes, or where the faerie came from or what else faeries did in regency England. I did want to know!

I found the biggest let-down to be the hero's reaction when he discovered that the person he loved had changed into a man. True, it is disconcerting to learn that someone he grew to know as a man is not truly who they portray themselves are, and I can understand feeling betrayed because of that deception. Yet the hero focused on the fact that the man he knew was actually the same person as the the women he had been intimate with.

All of the misunderstandings and fear of being honest that ping pong between the hero and heroine make for a slightly annoying read, but having to balance that against the interesting premise and the slight fantasy flavor, I would rate this 3 stars.

**eARC Netgalley** ( )
  Critterbee | Apr 16, 2018 |
Charlotte Appleby is living as the poor relation to her aunt and uncle when a fairy appears on her twenty-fifth birthday to grant a wish. She chooses the ability to change shape, reasoning that as a man she can make her way better in the world and leave her horrid relatives. She obtains a job as secretary to Lord Marcus Cosgrove as Christopher Albin.
Marcus has been suffering from attacks on his person, home, and reputation. He has numerous enemies; he's an abolitionist who wants to stop the slave trade, his wife cuckolded him then died in an accident, and his heir wants him dead. His new secretary means to help him discover who is actually trying to kill him.
I got this book on a sale and I was unsure about how I'd like it. I don't usually care for women dressing as men; it's unrealistic generally that no one recognizes the deception. But Ms. Larkin does an excellent job in portraying Charlotte not only as Albin, but also the occasional dog or sparrow. She makes Charlotte's naivety very believable as to her new body functions. Also, it's pretty funny.
In addition, the romance between Charlotte and Marcus is a slow buildup that works. The device she uses to have them meet as man and woman makes sense in the story, so there's no weirdness in Marcus's relationship with Albin; Albin and Charlotte really act as two different people.
The mystery as to who is trying to kill Marcus fits into the overall story, and I admit I was surprised at the denouement.
I'm very glad I read this book and I will definitely continue with the series. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Nov 2, 2017 |
At first I thought this was not my kind of thing "magic", but it's such a good story it just draws you in. Marcus and Charlotte's characters are more equal than you often find. He's not too overbearing and she's no simpering miss. And for a genteely bred woman of those times, to find out what men get up to in their absence was eye-popping for Charlotte and very funny for the reader. I did figure out who the villain of the piece was as soon as he was introduced, as well as his motivation. But this was still a five star read for me ( )
  SaraAnn05 | Feb 12, 2017 |
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On her 25th birthday, Charlotte Appleby receives an unusual gift: the ability to change shape. Penniless and orphaned, she sets off for London to make her fortune as a man. But a position as secretary to Lord Cosgrove proves unexpectedly challenging. Someone is trying to destroy Cosgrove and his life is increasingly in jeopardy. As Charlotte plunges into London's backstreets at Cosgrove's side, hunting his persecutor, she finds herself fighting for her life--and falling in love...

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