book review: Shades of Milk and Honey

Shades of Milk and Honey is a thoroughly engaging novel, adding magic to the world, sensibility, and style of Jane Austen. Here, magic is known as glamour, and it is closely linked to the arts–so, just as with the arts in Austen’s time, there are professional glamourists, but glamour is also one of the accomplishments pursued by young ladies and used to entertain their families and beautify their homes. This book not only entertains with its Austenesque characters, their friendships and romances, but also explores the subtle interplay between appearances and reality on multiple levels. I highly recommend Shades of Milk and Honey to lovers of Austen and Regencies, as well as to anyone simply looking for a well-written historical fantasy.