23 May 2011

Review: Wrapped - Jennifer Bradbury

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
published May 24, 2011
young adult
got a e-copy for review and bought a copy

Agnes Wilkins is undecided if she is going to like her debut season. On the one hand she is more interested in books and history than clothes, but on the other side she loves to dress up and is charmed when the most sought after bachelor seems to be interested in her.
When she takes a small artefact during the undressing of a mummy (a party game) she doesn't know what she sets in motion. Soon she's right in the middle of a thrilling investigation surrounding a dangerous spy.
With the help of Caedmon, a young man who works at a museum, she tries to discover the mystery surrounding the artefact she took from the party.
Will they be able to solve the mystery and will Agnes find a way to live her life the way she wants to?

When I started reading "Wrapped" I wasn't sure what to expect of the story. This book was the first I read by the author and I hoped that her writing style and her characters would be as delightful as the wonderful cover of this book. And I wasn't disappointed.

Jennifer Bradbury has a very engaging writing style, that made it easy to imagine the characters and places she created in my mind even though I'm not a very visual person. Right from the start on the story is very entertaining and I loved reading about Agnes, the heroine of the book. She's intelligent, loves to discover new things and even though she's craving for a life with more adventures she has accepted that her life will go a certain way. She understands that being a member of society means that she has to do certain things and I liked that she didn't complain about it. She also knows that she is lucky to live a comfortable life.

The relationship between Agnes and Caedmon developed very slowly and at the end of the book a future as a pair is a possibility but nothing more. I enjoyed this aspect of the story because it fit to the characters, their position in society and the time the book is set in.

The mystery part was easy to solve because as the reader who aren't involved in society and see things more clearly. It was interesting and entertaining to read how Agnes and Caedmon found out who the bad guy was. I enjoyed every step of the investigation. At times Agnes acted a bit thoughtlessly but I could understand her reasons for it, for once she wanted to prove herself outside of the ballroom.

I loved the author's note by Jennifer Bradbury at the end of the book. I don't demand that historical romances are historically correct but still it was interesting to learn that mummy parties were once part of British society.

I don't know if more books about Agnes and Caedmon are planned but I would definitely be interested in reading more about them, because "Wrapped" is a happy book that entertained me a lot. 

Amazingly beautiful and it fits perfectly to the story.

final appraisal
"Wrapped" is a very entertaining book that made me laugh a lot. Following the heroine through her adventures was fun. The mix of the historical setting, the investigation and the love story was perfect for me. I would love to read more about the characters of "Wrapped" in the future.
I would recommend this book to all readers who are looking for a mostly light-hearted historical romance with an innocent love story that fits to the time and the characters. 


  1. Hi Sabrina, this sure sounds like a fun read, and I certainly need one of those every now and then. I'll check this author out.

  2. It seems a very interesting book, thanks for a great, detailed review!

  3. I'm so excited about this book! I can't wait for my copy to get here. I've been excited about this book ever since I saw the cover and it's nice to know that the story is just as good. :)

  4. I'm finally getting caught up on blog comments and wanted you to know that I really enjoyed your review. Wrapped is going on my TBR list now. Thanks!




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