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13 May 2011

Wrapped

 Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury is the story of Agnes, a feisty Regency era debutante who unwittingly stumbles across a great mystery and ultimately uncovers a spy and helps her country.

The summary from Goodreads: 
Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.
Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.
Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.
Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels—or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter’s estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic “atmosphere” for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.
This is the start of it all, Agnes’s debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It’s also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn’t just a mummy. It’s a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny—unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.
Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes.

I like a good historical fiction book.  I like the feeling of going back in time, and as dorky as it sounds, learning something about that time period.  I did feel that to really get a good grasp of this book, the reader needed to have some sort of understanding of Regency England, its society and morals. 


I really liked that Agnes was able to keep her plucky attitude and didn't have to follow the same path as many women of that time, of her station.  I appreciated that the author didn't push modern views on marriage and women on an era that felt totally different about those things, and on the other hand, she didn't create this feisty, lovable girl and then force her into a dull, loveless marriage.


I was able to guess the "bad guy" as soon as he was introduced, and was also able to guess that he would be a spy long before it was introduced as a possibility.  


All in all, if you like a light, fun, historical fiction, this book is probably for you.  There are elements of romance, but nothing sexual.  If I taught middle and high school, I wouldn't have any problem having this book on my shelves.  I gave this book a 4 out of 5 on goodreads.


I was able to download and review this book thanks to Simon & Schuster and their free GalleyGrab program. 

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