La Petite Four
Reviewed by Avni Gupta (age 15) for Reader Views (8/08)
When I first looked at “La Petite Four,” I fell in love with the dress on the cover of the book. It made me realize that this book was going to be about the Victorian era. I thought that it would be full of ladies in large dresses going to balls and doing dances while going to many glamorous balls. What I didn’t count on was the mystery that was in the book. It was a breath of fresh air in the large pool of Victorian books.
The main character in this book, Emily, seems like a strong person with a good head on her shoulders. At the beginning of the book, you are slightly confused as to what is happening because it starts out rather abruptly with Emily running away from her graduation because she didn’t win a prize. That gave me the impression that she was a spoiled child, and then, on top of that, you read that she is the daughter of a duke. That makes it seem even more like she is a spoiled person. As the book progresses, you see that she is not really spoiled, that is just how all of the people who lived then were like. You also see that she is one of the few people who don’t care very much about worldly possessions; all she wants to do is be part of the painting society in London.
I think that “La Petite Four” by Regina Scott is a good read for anyone who has read “A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray and liked it. I also think that if you like historical fiction, you should think about reading this book. I also feel like this book gives you insight to life for a duke’s daughter in London at that time. I feel like that life would not be any fun at all because in that time, girls had absolutely no freedom and once they were married, they had to do exactly what their husbands tell them to do or else they were looked down upon in society. I do not do well with people telling me what to do, so I therefore know that I would not do well at all in that day and age.