THE TROUSER GAME
Rating: 4 Cups
Jillian Kelley prided herself on being a modern woman in 1895. During her stint at Oberlin College, she discovered a new world, including the freedom of wearing trousers. During her tryst with Bradley Townsend the night before leaving Oberlin for her home in England, she lost her virginity. Even though scenes of her night of passion pop up at the oddest moments, Jillian returned home to England determined to marry Miles Bassett, the object of her childhood crush.
Wealthy Bradley Townsend had traveled the world studying the art of love. But one night with the tipsy Miss Jillian Kelley had captured his interest. Bradley traveled to England to continue his relationship with Jillian before assuming his position as a professor at Oberlin College.
One meeting with Miles Bassett convinces Bradley that Miles is not the one for Jillian. Bradley resorts to games and seduction in the gazebo to distract Jillian from her pursuit of Miles. When Jillian makes some fundamental discoveries about herself and those around her, she embarks on an eventful quest that she hopes will take her where she needs to be.
Genella deGrey crafts a fascinating picture of society at the turn of the 20th century. The contrasts – American and English, career men and gentlemen, Victorian ladies and trouser-wearing liberated women – make for a humorous, yet insightful, read. Even though the story is set more than a century in the past, it is easy to identify with and cheer for Jillian as she pursues her happily ever after.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More