Miss Celine Fairweather is summoned by her sister Duchess of Blackthorne Penelope to find her lost love Philbert Woodbead. The search is dull for a week until ex-pirate flirt Lord Elmer helps. Love suddenly bits her on the buttocks.
With all its positive features, I didn’t enjoy Seeking Philbert Woodbead as much as I enjoyed Anya Wylde’s first historical romance, Penelope. While Penelope is highly amusing from the very beginning, I found that quality only in the last quarter of Seeking Philbert Woodbead. From the episode where Celine finds Philbert (which is pretty surprising by the way), the book is hilarious!
I can’t help but compare… I didn’t find Celine as much likeable as I did Penelope, and sadly I didn’t feel the sparks between her and George until their fight in the carriage. I loved the secondary characters though: Dorothy, Penelope and Charles, and Philbert’s character is nicely created too. The ball for Penelope was lovely.
Although there are many comical situations, such as the episode with the fake mustaches, I found their depictions lifeless. More dialogues would not go amiss.
Overall, despite its flaws, Seeking Philbert Woodbead is a pretty enjoyable regency romance. If you are in the mood of something light and funny, Seeking Philbert Woodbead is for you!
I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.