A review of May 1812 by M. M. Bennetts

I usually read nautical books set in the age of sail but on vacation I thought I’d have a change of pace and give this one a try. It is essentially a romance, unsurprisingly from the title, set in the short period of May 1812.

The principal characters are thrust together but despite a seeminly endless series of fateful misunderstandings which seem destined to seperate them romance blossoms. The principal character is a peer on the fringes of government and it was interesting to read what might be described as the ‘ballroom diplomacy’ of the time.

This is a long book, but despite that the fast paced continual twists and turns of the plot made it hard to put down and I certainly recommend it.