Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review: The Mannequin by S.G. Rogers

The Mannequin by S.G. Rogers
ebook, 219 pages
Published September 3rd 2015 by Idunn Court Publishing 
Source: I received a copy through in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Aubrey Whittingham lost everything when his family drowned in a ferryboat accident, including the will to live. His neighbor Rosamund tries desperately to bring him back from the brink of despair, but the beastly young duke fights her every step of the way. His feelings for her deepen, and when she departs for London, he vows to regain his health and woo her properly. Unfortunately, she disappears before he has the chance.

Rosamund is admired and praised as a mannequin for an exclusive London modiste, but her life is empty without the man to whom she gave her heart. Now, just when happiness seems within her grasp, jealous rivals conspire to ruin her dreams.

Can a beastly duke and a beautiful mannequin ever achieve a fairytale ending?
My Review:

One of my big loves is a good interpretation of a beloved fairy tale, but when two are added? It's great! The Mannequin is a brilliant historical story that weaves a breath of Cinderella with a healthy dose of Beauty and the Beast, mixing in some historical facts that I'd never heard of before and leaves the reader feeling dazed and mostly satisfied. I say "mostly satisfied" because I would have loved an epilogue or one more chapter to wrap things up more firmly.

Rosamund doesn't realize her worth or beauty, due to the fact of being raised by her aunt and uncle when her parents die. She is treated more like a servant, than a member of the family. When the family leaves for a season in London, Rosamund is left behind and gets a position as a companion to Aubrey, a man who has lost everything and needs to be brought back to life. He's beastly, grouchy, and temperamental, but Rosamund is determined to help him. Romantic feelings begin to develop, but after Rosamund goes to London herself, a family secret is revealed which causes her to abandon everything and make her own way in life.

This is the interesting discovery that I made: Rosamund becomes a mannequin for a trendy dressmaker. I always thought mannequins were those kind of creepy models in stores, used to display clothing, but it's true--back in history, a mannequin was often a young girl, who wore the clothing around and used as advertising for a modiste (or dressmaker). I was fascinated by that and by the clothing descriptions.

I wasn't sure how things were going to work out, as there was a bit of a love triangle (or two) going on, but I loved trying to figure it out. This book has great characters and the writing style is very engaging. I enjoyed it very much and will definitely be checking this author out.
Content: no language; mild violence (a fight); mild romance (kissing, implied and vague innuendo). Clean!
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 About the Author: 

S.G. Rogers 
Author S.G. Rogers, also known as Suzanne G. Rogers, lives with her husband and son in romantic Savannah, Georgia, on an island populated by deer, exotic birds, and the occasional gator. She's owned by two Sphynx cats, Houdini and Nikita. Movies, books, and writing sweet young adult fiction are her passions. Check out her blog at

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