I loved, loved, LOVED The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (see review here), so I was so ecstatic when I found out that Mackenzi Lee was making a tour stop at my favorite indie book store, The King’s English! Getting to listen to her talk about the origins of this story was fascinating, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to meet her again! Mackenzi is from Utah, so she is a local-ish author for us, and it’s always a pleasure to have her stop by.
If you check out Mackenzi’s author bio (which you should, because it’s really impressive), you can see that she holds a BA in History, which definitely comes through in her books. I’m also a huge fan of This Monstrous Thing and highly recommend it if you haven’t read that one already. Gentleman’s Guide brilliantly combines history, debauchery, fantasy, and also some really important social issues. And Mackenzi’s historical knowledge certainly shines throughout this wonderful story.
Apparently the idea for Gentleman’s Guide has been germinating in Mackenzi’s mind for quite a while. She went on her own grand tour of Europe when she was in college (a much less expensive version than Monty and Percy’s), but she didn’t learn that grand tours were something that English gentleman of the 18th century actually did until she returned to school and studied it.
If you haven’t heard the news announced in the past couple of weeks, there is going to be a companion novel to this book coming out, this time told through Monty’s sister Felicity’s perspective, and I could not be more excited! Felicity is definitely one of my favorite characters in this book. The title for the new book will be The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. How awesome is that?! Get it on those TBR lists if you haven’t already!
The event was moderated by local author McKelle George, whose debut novel Speak Easy, Speak Love is coming out in September and sounds absolutely incredible! This is a Much Ado About Nothing retelling set in the roaring 20s. It doesn’t get much cooler than that, my friends! Add it to those fall TBR lists now!
About The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
Have you read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue yet? What did you think of it? Who are some of your favorite authors that you’ve met?