Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Review: Wrapped

Jennifer Bradbury
2011; Atheneum (S&S); ISBN 978-1-4169-9007-9 (hardcover)

Summary:  Her entrance into society signals the end of Agnes's freedom.  She will have to hide her intelligence and catch a husband--one whose wealth and status matter more than his personality.  Lord Showalter is the perfect suitor according to her mother; Agnes hopes she will learn to care for him.  At a mummy-unwrapping party at Lord Showalter's estate, Agnes discovers a jackal's head amongst the wrappings.  This discovery sets Agnes on a new path.  With Caedmon, a scholar at the British Musuem, the two will attempt to stop a French plot that would make Napoleon and his armies virtually unbeatable.  Will Agnes and Caedmon save Great Britain?  And will Agnes be paired with a man she doesn't love instead of the one she does?

There's something for everyone in Wrapped: an interesting historical setting, a dynamic heroine, and an engaging plot, full of adventure and with a dash of romance.  Agnes is intelligent and impulsive, longing to travel and explore yet still searching for the place she belongs.  The story moves along at a clip, mixing personal struggles with a mystery to unravel.  The meshing of Regency England with the Egyptology craze is an unusual pairing, and the perfect setting for a character like Agnes.  Readers will enjoy uncovering all the layers in Wrapped.

Other Reviews
I Swim for Oceans: http://www.iswimforoceans.com/2011/05/wrapped-review.html
Bookaholics Anonymous: http://reviewdiaries.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-wrapped-by-jennifer-bradbury.html
Birth of a New Witch:  http://witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/review-wrapped-by-jennifer-bradbury/
The Sparkle Project:  http://sparkle-project.blogspot.com/2011/05/review-wrapped-by-jennifer-bradbury.html

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