Her Heart for A Compass
Her Heart for a Compass
Publication Date: August 3, 2021 by Mills & Boon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐
In an attempt to rebel against a society where women are expected to conform, free-spirited Lady Margaret Montagu Scott flees the confines of polite society, and an arranged marriage. But Lady Margaret’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, as close friends with Queen Victoria, must face the public scrutiny of their daughter’s impulsive nature, and Margaret is banished from polite society.
Finding strength amongst equally free-spirited companions, including Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise, Margaret resolves to follow her heart. On a journey of self-discovery that will take her to Ireland, America, and then back to Britain, Lady Margaret must follow her internal compass and search for her place, and her own identity, in a changing society.
Incorporating research into her heritage and drawing upon her own unique life journey and experiences, the Duchess pens a fictional account of the life of her great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott. Rich in historical detail, Her Heart for a Compass offers a compelling look at Victorian England and the fascinating journey of a woman, born into the higher echelons of society, whose only desire is to follow her heart.
In my opinion, this book was just simply mediocre. I went into it believing I would be swept away and what I got was a character that I just couldn’t find any empathy with. The main character, Lady Margaret, is a somewhat spunky teenager who rebels at what her expected responsibilities are. In defying her father’s wishes, she is forced to reflect upon her life and her desires. As she finds a way to carve a life out for herself she learns what it is important and what she is capable of. Along the way she finds love and purpose. In some aspects the book unfolds as follows: a rich girl throws a tantrum and eventually gets what she wants. That doesn’t make for a compelling plot. The author did do a good job at representing the differences of social class in both London and New York. Lady Margaret represents all those of the upper class who made exceptional changes to the status quo in order to better the opportunities available for those less fortunate.
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley.