For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.
After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.
Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.
So I went into this thinking that the whole book would be about ‘Adelaides’, aka Lady Elizabeth Witmore, time in the Glittering Court and just that. But nope! That’s only roughly the first 200 pages of the book. The rest is about what happens when they get to this new world.
~My confused face when I’m nearly 200 pages in and her time at the Court is winding down but there’s still a bunch of book left~
Overall though I really enjoyed Adelaide’s story. While some parts felt glossed over compared to others it was a, for the most part, neatly tied up story. The others in this series follow Mira and Tamsin so I can’t wait to read those!