At Her Fingertips by Kellyn Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
At Her Fingertips was my first of Kellyn Roth’s books, and even though it is the third in the series, I was able to read it as a standalone quite easily. At least until the end, when that cliffhanger was thrown into the epilogue. That’s a sure way to make me want to read the next one!
This book focuses mainly on Alice’s quest for a perfect marriage – not one filled with love, but a sensible marriage that will afford her security. There’s a lot of discussion about what marriage should and shouldn’t be. Does it have to include a bunch of dramatic emotions, or should it be basically a business partnership? I think this was addressed pretty well throughout the book – Peter was definitely the more sensitive, emotional side of things, and he was a good parry to Alice’s more stoic approach. Peter was probably my favorite character, given he was a kind, thoughtful writer. (And when he shows up in England and immediately declares that he’s staying … that’s my boy.) His comments about masks at the masquerade party were quite insightful, as well, and he didn’t even know what was coming …
The writing style fit this book, and I also enjoyed the research that went into making everything realistic. I had no idea how involved and ceremonial Seasons were in the late 1800s! Although there wasn’t a lot of action, the book picked up for me in the latter half where things started progressing a bit more. I also enjoyed the clear discussions about Christians not marrying non-Christians. I feel like a lot of Christian fiction books can kind of skate over that fact, or they’re ok with it as long as the person becomes a Christian in the end. Nettie’s input was much-needed, and I’m glad Alice had such a good confidante!
The romance element was completely clean (which was wonderful), as well as the language. I would recommend this book to those who enjoys historical fiction, especially fiction involving British, high-society activities.
Thanks to the author for a free copy of this book!