When I was a kid, I loved “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. In case you’re not familiar with that kind of storybook, the story starts like any other story but soon a decision will need to be made. Do you go right down the nice looking path? Or do you go left down the twisty, scary looking path? Do you investigate the strange sound you hear? Or do you keep going on your way? The story would change depending on the choices I made and then I could go back and make different choices and read a completely different story. My favorite was How to Wake a Sleeping Beauty. It’s been years, okay decades, since I read a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book. So when I heard about My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel, I was intrigued. A “Choose Your Own Adventure” book for adults? I had to check it out!
Reading this book was like being plopped down right into a Jane Austen novel, except I got to determine how the story would play out. Sometimes there was no choice, like in the beginning of the book when the main character (me!) really had few options due to her position in life. I liked that because I found it true to the time period and the character’s situation. Other times, it was simply “go to this page” or it was turn to a certain page if you’d already met a specific character. Turn to a different page if you haven’t, etc.
The story takes place in the eighteenth century and, in typical Austen and Bronte fashion, has much to do with one’s position in society, relationships, and money. You are the main character, and as you read your story, you get to make decisions and choose your own path. You get to decide which gentleman you are interested in – Sir Benedict Granville or Captain Angus MacTaggart – and then there’s the “bad boy” of the bunch, Lord Garraway Craven. You get to decide to play it safe or throw caution to the wind. You also have the option of running off on an adventure with the unpredictable Lady Evangeline, a character I found surprising and entertaining.
I suggest reading this book in one sitting if possible like on a long plane ride or a day by the pool. The thing about the “Choose Your Own Adventure” style is that if you put the book down for a few days and then pick it back up you can’t just flip back a page or two to skim and refresh your memory. The story jumps all over the book. I also don’t recommend reading this book as an e-book. With all the flipping back and forth, it was kind of a pain. I’d much rather hold the physical book and bookmark the pages/ path that I took. That way, when I want to re-read it and get a different story and a different outcome, I’d be able to re-trace my previous steps and take a different path.
As far as the story goes, I found it quite entertaining. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say there were some surprising twists in the story (at least on the path I chose!) I loved that! I love a book that can surprise me. I will say that this is a book for adults. It’s not young adult and definitely not teen or middle grade. Don’t be fooled by the “Choose Your Own Adventure” format. There is some sexually descriptive content in these pages. Think Jane Austen meets Danielle Steel!
My Lady’s Choosing was creative and a unique reading experience. And it’s the only novel I’ve ever read in which I can read a different story each time I re-read it. Another big plus! I think if you read this book once you will likely want to pick it up again and re-read it choosing different paths as you go.
My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel releases on April 3, 2018!
I received an early copy of this book from Quirk Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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