To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters
Historical Romantic Comedy
Atria Books | April 7, 2020
This was an odd request for me. I usually leave the historical romance reviews to my co-blogger Cat. While I did go through a phase once, lately they’re not what I reach for on the bookshelf. Still, something about To Have and to Hoax interested me.
I think I was intrigued with the idea of two people trying to one up each other with tumbles and maladies. Plus, I love a rom-com, and I was super excited to read one that took place in Regency England! I mean, right now I could use a good laugh. So, even though I requested this a long time ago, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
All in all I got what I was looking for.
The antics between Violet and James were definitely entertaining. I found it hard to believe neither realized that they had to still feel love, if they were going to all this for each other’s attention. However, I also think there’s a good chance I’m just far too pragmatic. It was funny for the first half, at which time I was ready for something to happen that would force Violet and James to finally get real with each other.
Ya know, to put away childish games.
As they say adults should do.
Overall, it was an enjoyable fast read. I read it in a day. I was entertained with a light, generally happy story. If my hunch is correct these characters may not truly go away. There was plenty of room for at least 3 spinoff’s. There was too much happening with Violet and James friends for us to really have to say goodbye.
Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing an advance copy, in exchange for an honest review.