Unmasking Miss Appleby (Baleful Godmother Series #1)
Emily Larkin / November 7, 2016 / $3.99 digital
An interesting facet of historical romance, as a genre, is how we can’t help but bring our modern sensibilities into these archaic milieus. True, campaigners for equal rights, abolition, healthcare reform and child welfare, etc., did indeed exist in these eras—which is how we got to where we are today—and we’d like to think we’d have been among them. But the fact is, were any of us to have been raised to believe, blood and bone, that we were somehow superior and blessed based solely on our forebears’ wealth and influence, our gender and/or the color of our skin, perhaps we too would have been supporters of the status quo rather than active participants in its downfall.
This is self-evident. It still happens, every day.
What a book like Unmasking Miss Appleby, a Georgian romp set in the years just prior to the English parliament’s 1807 outlawing of slavery, does, then, is illustrate just how wrong everything was, just how wrong it still is, and just how much it takes to act as an agent of change in a world hamstrung by its own ignorant inertia.