“Born into affluence, Mia Stanley is a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. She’s also a writer for Godey’s Lady’s Book magazine, much to the dismay of her family – and their society friends. A proper young lady of her social standing isn’t meant to labor in such a way, but Mia has always had a way with words… When her writing draws her into the world of downtrodden seamen’s wives on Philadelphia’s docks, Mia uncovers an alarming scheme that puts her in harm’s way. But her heart ends up on the line as well… Has her determination to always make a match driven away the one man whose esteem she covets?”
A Lady of High Regard is the first novel in the Ladies of Liberty trilogy. Mia Stanley not only has a way with words but a way of talking to people. People trust her and feel comfortable telling her the truth about their life and what is really going on in their neighborhood. Once Mia realized the scandals and schemes that were occurring at the docks she had no other choice then to help those in need. She could have ignored the plight of the needy but her kindhearted nature did not allow her to do so. Yet the more she helped the women at the docks the more certain people despised her. The discoveries Mia made where astonishing, even life threatening at times. I really enjoyed this novel. It wasn’t exactly a romantic novel where two people meet, fall in love, and then live happily ever after, yet it kind of was. There is a love interest involved and whenever there is a love interest in a novel I consider it a romance novel because it does have a relationship unfold within its story. I admired Mia’s personality. Sure she was stubborn the majority of the time but she did it out of the kindness of her heart. In order to help the women at the docks Mia had to go against social rules and do whatever task a situation required. While reading this novel one Bible verse kept coming to mind, Matthew 25: 35-36 ~ “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” Mia saw the needs of the women and their families. Instead of turning away from them she opened her heart to them and helped them in any way that she could. Her actions were a great example of how we should be. We as people need to help those who find themselves in difficult times. After all, we should treat them the way that we want to be treated. What if it was us who had fallen onto hard times? Wouldn’t we want someone to help us? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. It was inspiring and a wonderful read. I hope you enjoy it as well!!