Book Spotlight: The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee

Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. Prepare yourself for the fangirl gushing.

Who knew I could relate to a rich, white dude form 18th century Europe?

It’s been a while since I read one of the Montague Sibling books by Mackenzi Lee, and while I remember enjoying them, I felt like there was some reason I was hesitant to read The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks. I almost thought about passing on it when my library hold came in. But I decided to give it a chance, and I’m so glad I did.

Somehow Adrian “The Goblin” Montague is now my favorite Montague sibling. I don’t know how this happened.

This book is just fun. It’s another ridiculous romp across Europe as Adrian and his siblings set out to find answers about their mother’s life and death. It has pirates and shipwrecks and shenanigans (honestly the series name should be Montague Sibling Shenanigans). There are ridiculous fights and loads of banter and a dash of the fantastical to leave you wondering.

I adore the reunions between Adrian and Monty and then later Adrian-Monty-Felicity. I love how their relationships shift over the course of the book. And all the other characters are a blast, too. It’s fun to see how some of them have changed since the previous books, since it’s been like 15-20 years since Lady’s Guide.

I love that this books focuses on finding The Flying Dutchman and a maybe-magical spyglass. My pirate-loving heart is so freaking happy.

But the thing that really nailed it for me was Mackenzi Lee’s portrayal of anxiety. I was not expecting Adrian to have anxiety and possibly OCD when I picked up this book. (I’m not sure what I was expecting.) But her portrayal of anxiety comes across so real and raw. I don’t know if I’ve read a book that examines an anxiety disorder so well. The way Adrian thinks and lives is so realistic and relatable. I appreciate that she chose to depict anxiety, especially during a time period that didn’t understand it.

This is just a fun book while also giving an adequate portrayal of someone with an anxiety disorder. I feel like nobody is talking about this book and I think it should be talked about more because it might be her best book yet and also my favorite. I also cannot believe the goblin is my favorite.

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