The Importance of Being Wicked

Written by Victoria Alexander
Review by Monica E. Spence

The Importance of Being Wicked mixes romance and women’s history in equal measure and produces an enjoyable story. No self-respecting man would employ an architectural firm run, much less owned, by a woman. Lady Miranda Garrett, a talented, mostly self-taught architect, hides her work behind the names of her late husband and his imaginary partner, the supposed founders of the firm. For all her success, Miranda faces an uncertain future. How can she keep the firm’s sterling reputation while perpetrating her charade?

Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, needs a wife willing to overlook the trail of his broken engagements. When his family’s manor house is damaged by fire, he seeks the best architectural firm available—Miranda’s. Residing on site while overseeing the work, Miranda soon finds temptations abound, especially one to work with Win on a very different proposal…

Reading of the restrictions on women in the 19th century, the modern reader sees a very different society. Survival without the protection of a father or husband was nearly impossible for women, even those in the upper echelons of society. Miranda’s problems—and her clever solutions—are fascinating, and Alexander never loses the love story. After all, that is the purpose of a romance novel.