Herendeen, Ann. “Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander”, Harper, 2008.
A Great Read
This is Ann Herendeen’s first novel and it is just a delight to read. Herendeen breathes new life into the romance novel. She takes a look at sexuality, class, gender and gives us a wonderful love story which is full of wit, humor and romance. The characters are fantastic and the author’s look at the regency world is so very interesting.
Phyllida Lewis, a young and beautiful writer agrees to enter into a marriage of convenience with Andrew Carrington, a gay heir to an earldom. She is attracted to him but she knows that he is more interested in men, especially those who are his friends in the Brotherhood of Philander—an elite gentlemen’s club. She soon discovers that her husband has absolutely no idea of the ways to satisfy a woman. Andrew is the penultimate society gentleman and Phyllida is a writer of anonymous romance novels. What began as a marriage turns into drama and each tries to protect the other from any kind of harm. What eventually happens is that they end up hurting each other.
Herendeen created the character of Andrew to be the typical fop and there were times I just wanted to get into it with him but Phyllida always managed to hold her own.
The book is an easy read and is really a lot of fun and Ann Herendeen knows how to tell a story.