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1700, London: a city so crowded and unregulated that anyone, should they so desire, could slip away - disappear down a back street and become someone else. After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Aurora Eversedge is left without a dowry and agrees to marry a much older man who claims to be wealthy, though in poor health. On their wedding night, Edward Francis con 1700, London: a city so crowded and unregulated that anyone, should they so desire, could slip away - disappear down a back street and become someone else. After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Aurora Eversedge is left without a dowry and agrees to marry a much older man who claims to be wealthy, though in poor health. On their wedding night, Edward Francis confesses that, in fact, he is penniless but that his health is robust - also that his proposal of marriage carried an ulterior motive: he wants Aurora to act as a spy for him. Edward's father had left his fortune to his sworn enemy, Josiah Deede. Edward suspects that Josiah murdered his father and is determined to regain his inheritance and bring Josiah Deede to justice. Aurora's first assignment is to make the acquaintance of Josiah's daughter, Celia, and son, Jos, at a Covent Garden theatre. Vice and Virtue is full of acute observation of social life that characterizes Jane Austen's work - the sort of book Jane Austen would have written if she wrote mysteries.


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1700, London: a city so crowded and unregulated that anyone, should they so desire, could slip away - disappear down a back street and become someone else. After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Aurora Eversedge is left without a dowry and agrees to marry a much older man who claims to be wealthy, though in poor health. On their wedding night, Edward Francis con 1700, London: a city so crowded and unregulated that anyone, should they so desire, could slip away - disappear down a back street and become someone else. After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Aurora Eversedge is left without a dowry and agrees to marry a much older man who claims to be wealthy, though in poor health. On their wedding night, Edward Francis confesses that, in fact, he is penniless but that his health is robust - also that his proposal of marriage carried an ulterior motive: he wants Aurora to act as a spy for him. Edward's father had left his fortune to his sworn enemy, Josiah Deede. Edward suspects that Josiah murdered his father and is determined to regain his inheritance and bring Josiah Deede to justice. Aurora's first assignment is to make the acquaintance of Josiah's daughter, Celia, and son, Jos, at a Covent Garden theatre. Vice and Virtue is full of acute observation of social life that characterizes Jane Austen's work - the sort of book Jane Austen would have written if she wrote mysteries.

30 review for Vice and Virtue

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    This book was really boring. Written for YA audiences, the novel is supposed to be set in 1700 but the characters are very modern and are not very accurate to the time period. The writing style is basic and I didn't find it to flow very well at all. If this book was longer I would have DNF'd. This book was really boring. Written for YA audiences, the novel is supposed to be set in 1700 but the characters are very modern and are not very accurate to the time period. The writing style is basic and I didn't find it to flow very well at all. If this book was longer I would have DNF'd.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma Hart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The reason I decided to read this book was because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and read something that I wouldn't have chosen before. I'm more of a reader who likes the gossipy types of books. I thought I would like this book because it sounded mysterious, adventurous and full of secrets. The category this book represents from the bingo board is: A book that teaches you about another time in history. I was very excited about this category because I never read these types of books befo The reason I decided to read this book was because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and read something that I wouldn't have chosen before. I'm more of a reader who likes the gossipy types of books. I thought I would like this book because it sounded mysterious, adventurous and full of secrets. The category this book represents from the bingo board is: A book that teaches you about another time in history. I was very excited about this category because I never read these types of books before, I was very intrigued to see if I would like it, which I did. The thing I learnt from this book was about how life was in the 1700's. I learnt more about the style of houses, dress sense also how the people would live their lives. My favourite quote from this book was:'Marriage first, truth later.' This is my favourite quote because this is what made me want to read this book, as this quote was on the front cover. Back in the 1700's it was important that a lower classed women married a high status man so then she could support her family. This is exactly what Aurora did, she married a high classed man called Edward Francis. A wedding was arranged so they got married but it wasn't until after their wedding Edward started telling her secrets that she should have known before. My favourite character from this book was Aurora Eversedge. Aurora was my favourite character because she might be sweet and innocent but she knows when something isn't quite right. Aurora is a strong character as she had to financially support her family when her father died. Edward Francis wrote a letter to Aurora saying that she was his perfect match and that he loved her and that they should get married. Aurora was quite shocked as a stranger was asking her to marry him but as Edward was from a wealthy family Aurora felt obliged to accept his hand in marriage so she could use some of his fortunes to help support her family.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Vice and Virtue Veronica Bennett The book is set in the 1700's, which, almost instantly, I found myself loving! It is a pretty short read, at only 235 pages, but it took me quite a while to get through it. I also adored the mystery weaved into the story and the book kept me guessing until the very end! Finally, there was no historical inaccuracies as far as I know, but, then again, History is not one of my strong points. If you enjoy a very light-hearted mystery, you will love this book! (****) 4 Sta Vice and Virtue Veronica Bennett The book is set in the 1700's, which, almost instantly, I found myself loving! It is a pretty short read, at only 235 pages, but it took me quite a while to get through it. I also adored the mystery weaved into the story and the book kept me guessing until the very end! Finally, there was no historical inaccuracies as far as I know, but, then again, History is not one of my strong points. If you enjoy a very light-hearted mystery, you will love this book! (****) 4 Stars!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charise

    3.5 stars. I loved that it was set during a period of history very rarely visited in historical fiction. However, I found the causalness of some of the conversations quite jarring and probably quite inaccurate to how they would have spoken

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sky Rose Reviews

    “It is clear you have the attributes required for a secret existence – suspiciousness, distrust, the desire to interrogate, the need for constant confirmation. Ans you have the wit to think your way out of any situation. You will make a most excellent spy, do you not agree?” Synopsis: Set in 1700 London, a time of unrest after the civil war of 1640 it tells the story of Aurora Eversedge. The oldest of three sisters, she takes it upon herself to restore her family's wealth by agreeing to marry a v “It is clear you have the attributes required for a secret existence – suspiciousness, distrust, the desire to interrogate, the need for constant confirmation. Ans you have the wit to think your way out of any situation. You will make a most excellent spy, do you not agree?” Synopsis: Set in 1700 London, a time of unrest after the civil war of 1640 it tells the story of Aurora Eversedge. The oldest of three sisters, she takes it upon herself to restore her family's wealth by agreeing to marry a virtual stranger, Edward Francis. Little does she know Mr. Francis is not quite what he seems for she is the key to a revenge he has long been planning. From the moment she enters the marriage, she is pulled into the world of secrets, lies and deceit. Review: So today I decided to take a leap of faith and read something outside my comfort zone- Historical Fiction. Mind you I have no problem reading historical books or fiction standalone but reading historical fiction has been one of those things I avoided doing. The reason being it often features a female protagonist whose helplessness simply frustrates me. So picking up Vice & Virtue by Veronica Bennett felt like a step in the right direction. In order to asses each book I have device a list of standards starting from aesthetics to the depth and quality of the writing. You know a saying 'Don't judge a book by its cover' well most people go around pretending they don't but that is total crap. We all do it; in fact I make it my number one reason for picking up a book. It was no different for this book. I actually like this cover it had the right combination of simplicity and elegance but I was worried it was going to be the Gossip Girl of the seventeen hundreds. Pink and full of sexual scandals. Structurally the book was flawless; it was easy to read and got me over my fear of historical novels. The protagonist Aurora Eversedge or Aurora Francis as she becomes known very shortly afterward is intelligent and quick on her feet. Her voice was strong and grownup, if not a bit too grown up but I suppose that was intentional on Bennett's part to show how girls were forced to grow up faster back in the 1700s. She is the oldest of three daughters and after her father's death she and her family are forced out of their lavish lifestyle and into the life of poverty. From the beginning it is clear that Aurora is determined to get their wealth back in the only way a girl can – by marrying a rich husband. When talking about her future husband Bennett shows Aurora's age by expressing her wishful thinking but as great as this was I was left a bit disappointed by Aurora's reactions. Somehow despite her intelligence she seemed to have no reproach about marrying someone she did not love. In fact when she agreed to marry a seemingly dying rich man all she thought about was carrying his heir which seemed a bit too unrealistic. The relationship between the characters was delightful. Aurora is a wonderful protagonist and you could not help but like her but some of the characters come out as a bit stereotypical – like Richard who is the typical knight in shining armor and Joe who is the typical bad boy. I liked the mystery element in the book, it was as if every chapter you read there was something new to be found. The romance element was not bad either although I was not too impressed with it since it was done near the end of the book and I felt Bennett could have shown it progression throughout especially since I felt that Edward's confession of love for Aurora seemed a bit unconvincing. So here comes the verdict. I can say I mildly enjoyed the book but I am far from a fan. While the characters were believable I did not develop any emotional attachment to any of them, I simply did not care what happened to them rather continued reading for the interesting mystery. Even the mystery as surprising as the culprit happened to be, did not leave me on the edge of my seat. Overall: I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 simply because it entice my curiosity enough for me to continue reading it but I was ready to stop reading it after the culprit was found half way through the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    See full review at: http://rebecca-books.blogspot.com/201... I'm not quite sure about this book. I cannot say I absolutely loved this book, because I didn't. But then I didn't completely detest this book either. The concept is interesting. Aurora comes from a rather lower class family, who has only really made their money from her mother's business. She is the eldest daughter of 3 girls, so she needs to marry well in order to help her mother and younger sisters. However, Aurora is clever, witty an See full review at: http://rebecca-books.blogspot.com/201... I'm not quite sure about this book. I cannot say I absolutely loved this book, because I didn't. But then I didn't completely detest this book either. The concept is interesting. Aurora comes from a rather lower class family, who has only really made their money from her mother's business. She is the eldest daughter of 3 girls, so she needs to marry well in order to help her mother and younger sisters. However, Aurora is clever, witty and knows what is morally right so she isn't JUST going to marry anyone. Until really Edward comes along and she feels she is forced into marrying him because of a deathly illness. Great plan, right? She marries a man who, although she does not know him, is in love with her from afar and marrying him will please him, and then when he does die, she will have her own fortune and estate which she can live on for the rest of her life - sounds a good idea, even if she doesn't love him, right? Well. I won't spoil it but basically, Edward marries Aurora, not only because he really does love her, but because he wants her to become someone else, 'Miss Drayton', get into the upper class society and become friendly with a certain family in order to find the truth out for him about his father's last deed. So, not such a great idea now. I think it is the concept that drew me in, as well as knowing of this author before. The story itself is well thought out and becomes almost like a mystery that you desperately want to find out the truth of. However, once this novel gets started, it really starts to take shape. The beginning I found was lacking something, although I was intrigued, like Aurora, from the first sentence, I wasn't totally interested or wanting to know the whole story straight away. It isn't really until Edward reveals his secret that I was like 'Whoa - where is this going?'. The story does go on to be better than the beginning and the ending really rounds the book off well. The characters themselves are delightful and add to the treachery and deceit that fills this novel. Every single character in this novel has a secret or something in them that they mostly hide until the very end. For Aurora, this is her marriage to Edward - as an example. The characters of Celia and Joe were well...you, as a reader, kind of start wanting them to be your friends because they seem so perfect (although Celia is way too whiny and demanding at points). Joe, well, if you wanted a guy that every girl swooned over although he is a bad boy, this is your man. The way Bennett describes him is so vivid. Aurora herself was a lovely voice to listen to. She was clever and not silly like Celia but she was also girly and as a female myself, I enjoyed her descriptions of the luxury and clothing. Edward, at the beginning, I was positioned not to like him that much but by the end, I got used to his nature. Although, ultimately, this is a historical book, there is also hints of mystery and romance. The mystery is not THAT great really. Although I wanted to find out the truth, I wasn't put on edge constantly (although the culprit at the end is rather surprising, I must say, the person is found out halfway through so it's not very mystery near the end). The romance was underplayed and displayed nearer the end of the book, but because of the situation for it, it was done perfectly and subtly. Now we come to why I'm not sure if I enjoyed it. I liked the characters, the concept, the romance and mystery but I didn't totally love this book. Why? Well, like I found Cassandra's Sister, this was just flat. I felt no strong emotions, I did not have an attachment for Aurora nor did I feel on edge in the mystery or romance. I just didn't feel anything at all. This book is good for the different aspects that make up most novels but ultimately, when it comes to the book as a whole, it is just flat. I would recommend this book to anyone will an interest in mystery/romance/history. You will enjoy it but it won't be your favourite. Verdict: Good book but not one to be remembered. I give it a 4 out of 5

  7. 5 out of 5

    Georgie R

    Plot: 1700, London: a city so crowded and unregulated that anyone, should they so desire, could slip away - disappear down a back street and become someone else. After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Aurora Eversedge is left without a dowry and agrees to marry a much older man who claims to be wealthy, though in poor health. On their wedding night, Edward Francis confesses that, in fact, he is penniless but that his health is robust - also that his proposal of marriage carried an ult Plot: 1700, London: a city so crowded and unregulated that anyone, should they so desire, could slip away - disappear down a back street and become someone else. After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Aurora Eversedge is left without a dowry and agrees to marry a much older man who claims to be wealthy, though in poor health. On their wedding night, Edward Francis confesses that, in fact, he is penniless but that his health is robust - also that his proposal of marriage carried an ulterior motive: he wants Aurora to act as a spy for him. Edward's father had left his fortune to his sworn enemy, Josiah Deede. Edward suspects that Josiah murdered his father and is determined to regain his inheritance and bring Josiah Deede to justice. Aurora's first assignment is to make the acquaintance of Josiah's daughter, Celia, and son, Jos, at a Covent Garden theatre. Vice and Virtue is full of acute observation of social life that characterises Jane Austen's work - the sort of book Jane Austen would have written if she wrote mysteries. Review: Considering this book was set in 1700 it's lingo was remarkably up to date, whilst still maintaining a sense of historical accuracy. The story has as many twists and turns as a gossip girl story, and yet continues to be easily readable and hooks you from the start! Aurora seemed to me to have almost no backbone at the start of the novel, and her character developed indefinately throughout.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Ooh found this book at my local library thinking it wouldn't be that good because the books in my library aren't the best but waheyy i was totally surpised! I seriously loved Aurora and i thought she was a really interesting character that i could relate to! I also love the whole 'nothing is as it seems' message behind Joe and Aurora; gosh, talk about a plot twist! Only reason why it's not 5 stars is because it needed to be longer!! I wanted to know more about Richard and Edward's past, oh and A Ooh found this book at my local library thinking it wouldn't be that good because the books in my library aren't the best but waheyy i was totally surpised! I seriously loved Aurora and i thought she was a really interesting character that i could relate to! I also love the whole 'nothing is as it seems' message behind Joe and Aurora; gosh, talk about a plot twist! Only reason why it's not 5 stars is because it needed to be longer!! I wanted to know more about Richard and Edward's past, oh and Aurora should of been more heartbroken by how she got betrayed!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I rather enjoyed this book, as I have done her others. It was a light yet satisfying read, and though the 'plot twist' at the end I felt let it down slightly, I am content. I also liked how thoroughly she described the clothing, as well as sometimes the scenery, it led itself well to the over all reading experience. So yes, good, quick, light read that should leave you satisfied. I rather enjoyed this book, as I have done her others. It was a light yet satisfying read, and though the 'plot twist' at the end I felt let it down slightly, I am content. I also liked how thoroughly she described the clothing, as well as sometimes the scenery, it led itself well to the over all reading experience. So yes, good, quick, light read that should leave you satisfied.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    Ooh, the cover isn't very appealing but the back cover and the title were more than enough to entice me. Vice & Virtue would've been rated much higher had the romance between Aurora and Edward been more expanded on. Even so a nice read that is mystery but not exactly mysterious. Ooh, the cover isn't very appealing but the back cover and the title were more than enough to entice me. Vice & Virtue would've been rated much higher had the romance between Aurora and Edward been more expanded on. Even so a nice read that is mystery but not exactly mysterious.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex Wegner

    Interesting, good read. Good historical fiction with a plot that appeals to modern readers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zainab

    it was a really good book and if anyone knows any similar books, let me know. Thanks!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hafiza

    Paid for the paperback because it was not on Kindle. Could not finish it

  14. 5 out of 5

    Celine Antunes

    Not really godd too classy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katelin Forrester

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lolly

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tapu

  19. 5 out of 5

    Swati

  20. 4 out of 5

    Azira Ziara

  21. 4 out of 5

    Willowsforweeping

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ayyun

  23. 4 out of 5

    Story Sorcery

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Lilly Morrison

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Mcallister

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicol Pappas

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eva

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