Review: Once Upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

Reviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed the last Maiden Lane novel, but noticeably absent was any sense of closure for the many characters and storylines the series covered over 12 installments. This novella does that a little. We get to catch up a little with the Makepeace families, the Caires, and the other couples who are now getting their Happy Ever Afters, but they’re all crammed in around the romance of Mary Whitsun.

You’ll remember Mary as one of the orphans Temperance took a shine to at the Foundling Home she ran with her brother Winter Makepeace. This goes all the way back to the first book, Wicked Intentions, so it’s a big fat shout out to the series’ beginnings. Mary now serves as the nanny to Temperance (now Lady Caire’s) two children. She is a servant, but also in a way, part of the family.

Anyway, a handsome Viscount spots her in a bookstore and recognizes her uncanny resemblance to his intended. He believes she is the long lost twin of Lady Joanna and makes it his mission to prove it. You see, he is actually supposed to marry the oldest daughter in the family and he considers Joanna more of a sister than a potential lover.

Basically, the story follows Mary’s journey into society and her romance with Lord Blackwell.

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, since it is a novella and is on the short side. I will say that I found it lacking in the depth or pull I usually find in an Elizabeth Hoyt story. Maybe it was because of the length or the kind of insta-love happening. Maybe it was because I felt no connection with Mary or her intended. (It was probably that.)

The story wasn’t bad, it was just kind of meh, which made me sad because I was hoping for one more Maiden Lane hurrah. One more novella is set to come out next month, so maybe that one may tickle my fancy a bit more.

The cameos of most of the couple couples are brief, but they’re well represented. If it is the goodbye you need for these books, this is likely to be your source. For me, I could’ve skipped it and still been happy.

Rating: B-/C+

*ARC provided by publisher

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Once Upon a Maiden Lane
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours

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