Sunday 15 May 2022

A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin (2022)

A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting: The hottest new historical fiction debut novel of summer 2022

The season is about to begin – and there’s not a minute to lose…

Kitty Talbot needs a fortune.

Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. This is 1818 after all, and only men have the privilege of seeking their own riches.

With just twelve weeks until Kitty and her sisters are made homeless, launching herself into London society is the only avenue open to her. And Kitty must use every ounce of cunning and ingenuity she possesses to climb the ranks.

The only one to see through her plans is the worldly Lord Radcliffe and he is determined to thwart her at any cost.

Can Kitty secure a fortune and save her sisters from poverty? There is not a day to lose and no one – not even a lord – will stand in her way…

Charmingly addictive and a real treat. A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting has the best of Heyer and Quinn combined to create a remarkably original regency heroine who takes the ton by storm.

The London season doesn't know what's hit it when Kitty arrives with the sole aim of landing a rich husband in order to settle her family's debts. The scheming and machinations that go on behind the scenes in order to present a passable facade to high society are humorous and witty. I loved watching Kitty convince the ton to accept her and her family to the fold. The banter between Lord Radcliffe and Kitty as she embroils him unwillingly into her scheme makes for delightful reading. The pair are reluctant allies and they spend more time riling each other up and quarrelling than finding Kitty a suitable match. Archie and Cecily's dramas were as equally entertaining as Radcliffe and Kitty's scenes. I also adored Mrs Radcliffe, a Mrs Bennett type of character who only has the best interests of her children in mind.

A Lady's Guide to Fortune Hunting is an uproariously good read and I'm excited there's a talented fresh new voice in regency romance.

Thanks to the publisher, HarperCollins and Netgalley for the review copy.


  1. Great review! I’m adding it to my TBR.

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it.