Hot Best Seller

Inventing Vivian

Availability: Ready to download

A Victorian Romance Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each oth A Victorian Romance Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society. After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.


Compare

A Victorian Romance Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each oth A Victorian Romance Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society. After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.

30 review for Inventing Vivian

  1. 4 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    What a fun and engaging way to explore romance in the Victorian age! Read full review in the 2021 May issue of InD'tale Magazine. What a fun and engaging way to explore romance in the Victorian age! Read full review in the 2021 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    4.5 Stars I love a book with a good, strong female lead and it was especially fun to watch Vivian develop her love of science. The Blue Orchid society is a wonderfully diverse and solid group of innovative young ladies in the Victorian era and it's such a joy to delve into each of their stories. Vivian is very smart and not afraid to be true to herself. She's a sharp character that was a delight to read about and I just adored her. I loved Lord Benedict and the whole situation regarding him. Moore 4.5 Stars I love a book with a good, strong female lead and it was especially fun to watch Vivian develop her love of science. The Blue Orchid society is a wonderfully diverse and solid group of innovative young ladies in the Victorian era and it's such a joy to delve into each of their stories. Vivian is very smart and not afraid to be true to herself. She's a sharp character that was a delight to read about and I just adored her. I loved Lord Benedict and the whole situation regarding him. Moore always introduces a thread to her stories that aren't the norm for the time periods she writes in, and this whole series is evident of that. The Chinese element was enjoyable and interesting as well. Solid characters with a solid plot. Personally, I wanted more romance, since this is labeled as a Victorian romance, but all in all, this is a very entertaining book in a wonderful series and I'm anticipating the rest of the Society's stories. Content: very mild romance; very mild moments of violence/peril *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)

    Vivian is amazing and she made me kind of enjoy science; so she is winning! I love her sharp mind and intelligence. She wasn’t afraid to speak and be herself. That was super hard back in the Victorian era and even harder in this day and age to just have enough courage to be yourself. Benedict was so kind, thoughtful, giving, and selfless that any girl would fall for him. Except maybe one girl he did wrong back when they were kids. This story is intoxicating, I could not stop reading it, even dur Vivian is amazing and she made me kind of enjoy science; so she is winning! I love her sharp mind and intelligence. She wasn’t afraid to speak and be herself. That was super hard back in the Victorian era and even harder in this day and age to just have enough courage to be yourself. Benedict was so kind, thoughtful, giving, and selfless that any girl would fall for him. Except maybe one girl he did wrong back when they were kids. This story is intoxicating, I could not stop reading it, even during our family BBQ. My nose was in this book the whole time! The way that Moore mixes romance with mystery during the Victorian era makes this new breed of book that I cannot get enough of. The Blue Orchid Society is like my dream to have one day. A set of friends who love and encourage you for who you are and what you want to achieve in life. Honestly, this book was fantastically captivating and I look forward to the next installment in the series! I am crossing my fingers that there is one! Run and buy this book, you will love it too! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    Isn't it wonderful that first impressions don't have to be last impressions? Lord Benedict and Vivian had a rocky beginning when they were youths. Their story grew from that enemy status to friends to love. I loved reading the progression. The story was written from both viewpoints so I knew the change and growth that each had experienced. The story is set during the Victorian era. Vivian is a scientist and is not accepted in social circles. Her mind doesn't work like popular young women. She is Isn't it wonderful that first impressions don't have to be last impressions? Lord Benedict and Vivian had a rocky beginning when they were youths. Their story grew from that enemy status to friends to love. I loved reading the progression. The story was written from both viewpoints so I knew the change and growth that each had experienced. The story is set during the Victorian era. Vivian is a scientist and is not accepted in social circles. Her mind doesn't work like popular young women. She is bored with the genteel conversation and wants to talk about how stained glass is made. It is off-putting to many in society. She is blessed to have a group of friends who support and encourage her. Now, she just needs to find a gentleman who doesn't fit the mold. Lord Benedict proves to be a genuine and forward-thinking young man who is the "yin" to her "yang. Inventing Vivian is a fun book to read. I stayed up late in the night (or early in the morning) finishing this gem. I love books written where women pave the way for others. The Blue Orchid Society women do not fit the mold but create a new one. This book is part of a series but can be read in any order. I would suggest starting with the first, it is not critical to this one but gives a perspective of the characters and anticipation for what is to come for these women next. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    Delightful!!! Vivian kept me on my toes with her mind and the way she thought. I think she kept several other people within the story on their toes as well. I loved her scenes and couldn't wait to see what she would say next. She is so very smart and a great asset to the women of her time (yes, I know it's fiction). Not only Vivian, but the other lovely ladies of the Blue Orchid Society are smart and delightful. They were wonderful to watch as they stood up for each other, supported each other a Delightful!!! Vivian kept me on my toes with her mind and the way she thought. I think she kept several other people within the story on their toes as well. I loved her scenes and couldn't wait to see what she would say next. She is so very smart and a great asset to the women of her time (yes, I know it's fiction). Not only Vivian, but the other lovely ladies of the Blue Orchid Society are smart and delightful. They were wonderful to watch as they stood up for each other, supported each other and truly showed what a friend was. None of those gossip mongering ladies and simpering debutantes pretending to be something they aren't. Nope. These ladies are real and true to each other. They are great and aren't afraid to go after their dreams and encourage others to do the same. I'm looking forward to more books in this series. We have some fun books to look forward to with these ladies and their leading men. Vivian and Benedict have a bit of a hiccup from their past. But Lord Benedict doesn't let that stand in his way. He's not the boy he was years ago. He's grown and matured mentally as well as physically. He is a man with a purpose and knows what truly matters in life now. I really enjoyed watching his mind work as well and seeing him working with his man of business to make his factory a better and safer place as well as watching his mind work out a way to show Vivian he truly cares for her. *happy sigh* I can't wait for everyone to pick up these books and enjoy them. They are truly delightful!!! Jennifer Moore has once again shown me why she is one of my favorite authors. My only struggle was that I couldn't read it fast enough. Lol! My life has been super busy that reading time was very, very limited. But I loved every minute that I was able to spend diving in and enjoying it. The characters are so well written and developed as well as the storyline that you're in for a treat! With oriental aspects and the Great Exhibition happening during this time, as well as all of Vivian's fun gadgets and gizmos and doo-dads, you're sure to be delighted around every turn. Content: Clean. I received a copy from the author and publisher. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Flipped Page (Susan K)

    Romance, sweet, period; series, but stand alone read Vivian's a strong character who stands up for her curiosity, intelligence, cleverness, and tries to work her way around the expectations of polite society, but few care for her blue-stocking comments and actions. Being part of the Blue Orchid Society of strong women, who are seeking to pursue their betterment through Lord Benedict is a wonderful character who has been transformed by his visit, and living in China. His friend, who is is helper a Romance, sweet, period; series, but stand alone read Vivian's a strong character who stands up for her curiosity, intelligence, cleverness, and tries to work her way around the expectations of polite society, but few care for her blue-stocking comments and actions. Being part of the Blue Orchid Society of strong women, who are seeking to pursue their betterment through Lord Benedict is a wonderful character who has been transformed by his visit, and living in China. His friend, who is is helper and companion returns with him. They both are adjusting to expectations that Lord Benedict's family had for him to take his father's place after his brother's death. Lord Benedict fights it, hating the pomp, circumstance, the airs, and lack of care for those in the care of the family aristocracy who are in dire need of help, support, and better lives. As Vivian interacts with Lord Benedict, their past interactions color her impressions of him, but gradually change as she gets to know him through her younger cousin and family. The background of the showcase of her invention, the crime against Lord Benedict's friend, it all comes together in a clever way to final let them see who they both really are. Lovely sweet romance, cleverly drawn side characters, and the setting at the Exposition, trying to trap the criminals, just so well done. I can't wait to read more in this series with the other members of the society. I received an ARC from the author via Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review. My opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Flynn

    I love Vivian. She is such a delight. She has a brain and isn’t afraid to use it. Benedict is disillusioned by his title and the title he is to inherit. The two of them are perfect together. Vivian and her friends in the Blue Orchid Society are miraculous. They support each other even when they aren’t interested in something that their friend is. This is such a supportive group of women. They are the definition of friend goals. I love this in the setting of Victorian Society as advancements in tec I love Vivian. She is such a delight. She has a brain and isn’t afraid to use it. Benedict is disillusioned by his title and the title he is to inherit. The two of them are perfect together. Vivian and her friends in the Blue Orchid Society are miraculous. They support each other even when they aren’t interested in something that their friend is. This is such a supportive group of women. They are the definition of friend goals. I love this in the setting of Victorian Society as advancements in technology that were happening at the time. This is a perfect setting for Vivian to expand her mind. Her family’s support is essential even if she doesn’t present well amongst the ton. Jennifer Moore’s writing is beautiful and this story, like Vivian is a complete delight. I received an early copy of this book from the publisher and this is my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    An absolutely unique and charming read! I have been looking forward to this book since I finished Solving Sophronia and it was definitely worth the wait! Vivian was such a unique character and I love how well Benedict's personality complemented her. Unlike many of the other men of his time, he wasn't intimidated by Vivian's brilliant mind but it was one of the things he admired most about her. This book has it all - romance, wit, suspense, mystery, and a fantastic cast of characters that I cannot An absolutely unique and charming read! I have been looking forward to this book since I finished Solving Sophronia and it was definitely worth the wait! Vivian was such a unique character and I love how well Benedict's personality complemented her. Unlike many of the other men of his time, he wasn't intimidated by Vivian's brilliant mind but it was one of the things he admired most about her. This book has it all - romance, wit, suspense, mystery, and a fantastic cast of characters that I cannot wait to see return in the next book! 4.5 stars for this impossible-to-put-down book! I received a complimentary copy of this book but a positive review was not required.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindy Thompson

    The 2nd installment in The Blue Orchid Society follows Vivian, a delightful woman with an incredibly scientific mind. She'd much rather be thinking about how to create a new useful inventions, chemical compounds, and scientific theory than chatting about the haute ton and who's who of Society. I really adored Vivian. She's kind, thoughtful, a bit awkward, and completely adorable. I also loved the letters between Vivian and her peerage sponsor. I also really loved Benedict, as a changed man and a The 2nd installment in The Blue Orchid Society follows Vivian, a delightful woman with an incredibly scientific mind. She'd much rather be thinking about how to create a new useful inventions, chemical compounds, and scientific theory than chatting about the haute ton and who's who of Society. I really adored Vivian. She's kind, thoughtful, a bit awkward, and completely adorable. I also loved the letters between Vivian and her peerage sponsor. I also really loved Benedict, as a changed man and a little bit of a fish out of water after spending years in China, he's doing his best to stay true to himself while jumping into the deep end of Society. This book is a little more romantic than the first, which I loved! The other ladies of The Blue Orchid Society play vital roles supporting Vivian in her dreams and goals and it is seriously the best. I love getting to know them all a little more with each book. I'm looking forward to future books in this series! Thank you to the author and publisher for my advanced copy of this book. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tori (Book Chick)

    Jennifer Moore has a way with words and descriptions. I feel like I really know her characters because she brings them to life. A few years ago my daughter and I read a book all about women in science. If Vivian wasn’t a fictional character, I am positive she would have been in the book we read. She was so intriguing and I loved the way her mind worked. Lord Benedict was different from his peers and I loved that. He understood duty, but his unique perspective was refreshing. Past mistakes to mak Jennifer Moore has a way with words and descriptions. I feel like I really know her characters because she brings them to life. A few years ago my daughter and I read a book all about women in science. If Vivian wasn’t a fictional character, I am positive she would have been in the book we read. She was so intriguing and I loved the way her mind worked. Lord Benedict was different from his peers and I loved that. He understood duty, but his unique perspective was refreshing. Past mistakes to make amends for, science, romance, mystery... The Blue Orchid series has been fabulous so far and I cannot wait to read more.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Bybee

    I absolutely loved this story. Vivian is passionate about science, something that even now is frowned upon for women. I loved that she stayed true to herself the entire story and didn't change to find love. Someone loved her for who she was, quirks and all. Benedict is charming and the ying to Vivian's yang. His friendship and love for Zhang Wei is a great aspect of the story, as is Benedict's longing to return to China. My favorite part of the story, though, has to be the Blue Orchid Society me I absolutely loved this story. Vivian is passionate about science, something that even now is frowned upon for women. I loved that she stayed true to herself the entire story and didn't change to find love. Someone loved her for who she was, quirks and all. Benedict is charming and the ying to Vivian's yang. His friendship and love for Zhang Wei is a great aspect of the story, as is Benedict's longing to return to China. My favorite part of the story, though, has to be the Blue Orchid Society members. I LOVED how they support each other and help each other achieve their dreams. Such a highlight in this story! There need to be more stories that show women supporting women to that depth and level!

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Swoony Awards

    Eligible for a 2021 Swoony Award, to nominate/vote click here: https://tinyurl.com/y593ce67 Eligible for a 2021 Swoony Award, to nominate/vote click here: https://tinyurl.com/y593ce67

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    I loved Solving Sophronia, the first book in The Blue Orchid Society, and this one, Inventing Vivian did not let me down. Vivian is a very different young woman. She has a scientific mind that's always trying to figure out how things work or how she can improve their function. She's more intelligent than many of the men, so she has a hard time conversing with them on the usual topics that were "suitable for ladies" to discuss--fashion, the weather, who attended the various balls and parties, etc I loved Solving Sophronia, the first book in The Blue Orchid Society, and this one, Inventing Vivian did not let me down. Vivian is a very different young woman. She has a scientific mind that's always trying to figure out how things work or how she can improve their function. She's more intelligent than many of the men, so she has a hard time conversing with them on the usual topics that were "suitable for ladies" to discuss--fashion, the weather, who attended the various balls and parties, etc. Lord Benedict isn't your usual lord, as he's spent several years in China learning yoga and the Chinese way of life. He and Vivian have a rocky past--when they were both teenagers he kept her from joining a scientific group, and she still remembers the pain from being denied entry. Now that he's back in England to run his estate they're once again neighbors and will have to find a way to get along. I love the Victorian era--there are trains and gas lights, women had a little more freedom and I LOVE the fashions. I liked seeing how Vivian's mind worked, she would've been fascinating to have as a friend. Speaking of friends, I love how all the women in the Blue Orchid Society support each other. When Vivian thought all was lost with her display in the Great Exhibition, she found that her dear friends had filled in for her to the best of their abilities, and saved the day. I love those kind of friendships and treasure them in my life. These women don't put on airs--what you see is what you get, which was not usually the case in Society. I liked how Benedict came up with a way to prove to Vivian he was sorry for his teenage folly that had caused her pain, and I LOVED the letters they shared. I liked how Benedict's years in China changed him, and thus helped him run his factories. He was different than most of the men who ran factories in that he cared about his workers. Most owners thought their workers were easily replaceable if they were sick or injured. No wonder Vivian developed feelings for him as he showed this gentle, caring side. This is another wonderful read by Jennifer Moore, who's one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to read about the other women in the Blue Orchid Society. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Covenant Communications, but also bought a paperback for my personal library. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I love everything about this book! The way the author, Jennifer Moore, wrote her characters, her plot, and the added mystery. Everything combines to make this book amazing. Vivian is such a great character! You don’t often see young ladies of the Victorian period in a questionable shop. But Vivian goes there, and she makes the owner her friend. I loved her inventor side. She had so many fun inventions in her home. And she worked to be sure she was the best inventor she could be. She must have don I love everything about this book! The way the author, Jennifer Moore, wrote her characters, her plot, and the added mystery. Everything combines to make this book amazing. Vivian is such a great character! You don’t often see young ladies of the Victorian period in a questionable shop. But Vivian goes there, and she makes the owner her friend. I loved her inventor side. She had so many fun inventions in her home. And she worked to be sure she was the best inventor she could be. She must have done a good job because she secured a spot in a special exposition. Which she put in jeopardy to help a friend. I love Vivian. Then there’s Benedict. He’s a kind man. Recently returned to England from China, and longing for the culture and food of China. I loved how he brought his friend back with him. And how he fought for better working conditions and treatment of all kinds of people. Benedict is good people. It was interesting how these two had a history that wasn’t the best. But ended up having to put it aside to work towards a common goal. I loved that! This book is fantastic! I think you’d be wise to read Solving Sophronia before this one. There are certain pieces of the puzzle that will make more sense that way. I was sent a copy of this book as a gift by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chesney

    Loved the Blue Orchid series! Inventing Vivian has all the charm and character development you expect from Jennifer Moore. I instantly loved Benedict and Vivian. Her books are always a must on my bookshelf! 4.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    The Blue Orchid series is quickly becoming a favorite. I love how different and special each of the ladies are. Vivian is no exception. Her love of science is her drive and I loved her passion and even her stubbornness. However, Lord Benedict stole the show for me. He was wonderful and kind and a true hero. I very much enjoyed the Chinese elements in the story. Jennifer Moore does a fantastic job of telling a lovely, captivating story, all while giving you extras that keep the pages turning.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Sims

    I loved this book! I found the characters and the plot super unique and it was so refreshing! As a girl who loves science I connected with Vivian right from the get go and really enjoyed reading about a young girl with a scientific mind! I also loved that the hero, Benedict, not only studied in China but brought the culture home with him and implemented it into his lifestyle! The Chinese aspect of this story was so fun! I’m only giving the story four stars because I found the romance a bit lacki I loved this book! I found the characters and the plot super unique and it was so refreshing! As a girl who loves science I connected with Vivian right from the get go and really enjoyed reading about a young girl with a scientific mind! I also loved that the hero, Benedict, not only studied in China but brought the culture home with him and implemented it into his lifestyle! The Chinese aspect of this story was so fun! I’m only giving the story four stars because I found the romance a bit lacking. The plot focused more on Vivian and Benedict’s efforts to have a positive impact on the world in their own way and although their friendship progressed very nicely it kind of felt like they were friends and admired each other and then all of a sudden they were in love and engaged. I wish there was more courting that happened along the way. Despite being less romantic than I anticipated I still LOVED the characters and found the plot exciting and can’t wait to read the rest of The Blue Orchid Society series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Lanham

    This book by Jennifer Moore is such a delight! I love that this is in Victorian Era London, as it gives things a nice change of pace from Regency books. The facts Vivian has stored in her head coupled with Lord Benedict and his changes and new insights after coming home from China are so wonderful to see come together. This is book 2 in the Blue Orchid Society series and is a wonderful way to continue this series. Highly recommend. Synopsis: Vivian Kirby is not what you would call a normal lady o This book by Jennifer Moore is such a delight! I love that this is in Victorian Era London, as it gives things a nice change of pace from Regency books. The facts Vivian has stored in her head coupled with Lord Benedict and his changes and new insights after coming home from China are so wonderful to see come together. This is book 2 in the Blue Orchid Society series and is a wonderful way to continue this series. Highly recommend. Synopsis: Vivian Kirby is not what you would call a normal lady of high society in London. She does not claim to have grace or poise, and when it comes to conversation when dancing, she cannot seem to help herself but ramble on about some sort of chemical composition that men often find off putting. Her brilliant mind is far beyond the Victorian Era confines put upon women. To be seen, but not heard- not an equal in any way. She befriends other young women in high society that embrace one another's differences and quirks and they form The Blue Orchid Society. They each make goals and decide to report back to one another as they help each other make those dreams and goals come to pass. Vivian's dream? To enter her invention for display in the International Exhibition of Industry and Science. But she finds this dream harder to fulfill as she struggles to find a member of the peerage to sponsor her. Lord Benedict has returned to town after a transforming stay in China. His views on life, society, and people of all walks of life have been altered in such a way that when he runs into Vivian he sees that his past actions toward her need to be made right. He is determined to make amends and when the chance to help fulfill her dream of presenting at the International Exhibition of Industry and Science comes up, he jumps on the opportunity. Knowing she would reject his sponsorship, he does so anonymously. As they correspond back and forth, they form a friendship that he wants to extend into something more. A murder unexpectedly draws them into working together to reveal the truth. As Vivian gets reacquainted with Lord Benedict after the many passing years, she starts to fear she may be falling in love with two men, not realizing they are one in the same.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    Author Jennifer Moore has written a sweet and charming Victorian romance that readers will fall in love with. The story focuses on a female inventor, Vivian Kirby, and her struggle to enter inventions in male dominant expositions. But with the help of her friends and her sponsors she enters. And along the way, she becomes acquainted with Lord Benedict who has recently returned from an adventure in China due to his brother’s death and is now the heir to his estate. This story delightfully entwine Author Jennifer Moore has written a sweet and charming Victorian romance that readers will fall in love with. The story focuses on a female inventor, Vivian Kirby, and her struggle to enter inventions in male dominant expositions. But with the help of her friends and her sponsors she enters. And along the way, she becomes acquainted with Lord Benedict who has recently returned from an adventure in China due to his brother’s death and is now the heir to his estate. This story delightfully entwines Vivian and Lord Benedict’s lives and they get a second chance at friendship and possibly love. This story has a strong female character, with wonderful friends and family that surround her. And readers will adore the unexpected romance, too. This is a story that readers will absolutely be enchanted with. Genre: Victorian, Romance Publisher: Covenant Communications Publication date: June 7, 2021 Number of pages: 224 Other books in the series: 0.5-Emmeline 1-Solving Sophronia Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    If you’re in search of a book with some fun twists, look no further. Inventing Vivian by Jennifer Moore is a Victorian read with a whip-smart heroine whose inventions are better than those of many of the men in her time and a reluctant heir who has left his adventures in China to return home and assume his role after his brother’s death. But there is so much more that makes this book such a wonderful read. There are the friendships between the women of the Blue Orchid Society. They not only encou If you’re in search of a book with some fun twists, look no further. Inventing Vivian by Jennifer Moore is a Victorian read with a whip-smart heroine whose inventions are better than those of many of the men in her time and a reluctant heir who has left his adventures in China to return home and assume his role after his brother’s death. But there is so much more that makes this book such a wonderful read. There are the friendships between the women of the Blue Orchid Society. They not only encourage each other to reach for their dreams, they support each other to make them happen. There’s mystery and suspense in the second half of the book all while Vivian and Lord Benedict get to know each other through some wonderful letters. In Inventing Vivian, Moore delivers relatable characters and an engaging story you don’t want to miss. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cover Lover Book Review

    I love a leading lady that doesn’t fit a cookie-cutter mold for the time period the story takes place in. That’s the case with Vivian Kirby in Inventing Vivian. She certainly doesn’t fit into the expected and accepted place for a woman in the Victorian Era. Vivian is intelligent, inventive, and incredibly interesting. Watching her growth throughout the story is enjoyable. Benedict is just as interesting. He’s easy to connect with and the growing chemistry he shares with Vivian is exciting to watc I love a leading lady that doesn’t fit a cookie-cutter mold for the time period the story takes place in. That’s the case with Vivian Kirby in Inventing Vivian. She certainly doesn’t fit into the expected and accepted place for a woman in the Victorian Era. Vivian is intelligent, inventive, and incredibly interesting. Watching her growth throughout the story is enjoyable. Benedict is just as interesting. He’s easy to connect with and the growing chemistry he shares with Vivian is exciting to watch. His caring, vulnerable heart makes him a wonderful and memorable hero. This is an emotion-filled tale with remarkable characters and interesting elements of science and society. I love how friendship, kinship, and romance is portrayed in this story and era, and though the romance isn’t the most prevalent facet of the story, it’s sweet and gratifying. Dɪsᴄʟᴏsᴜʀᴇ: I ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʀʏ ᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ. Mʏ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴡᴀs ɴᴏᴛ ɪɴғʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇᴅ.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

    I loved this book by Jennifer Moore! I love the Blue Orchid Society and how unique each of the ladies are. I love how they are different from what society expects but that they each find the perfect match for them. I love how this book had a bit of the enemies to more trope. I loved how Jennifer developed her characters and how Vivian showed her true self. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series! I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review wa I loved this book by Jennifer Moore! I love the Blue Orchid Society and how unique each of the ladies are. I love how they are different from what society expects but that they each find the perfect match for them. I love how this book had a bit of the enemies to more trope. I loved how Jennifer developed her characters and how Vivian showed her true self. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series! I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I love reading a book with a strong female main character! I love this series because the author specifically has chosen a group of women friends who build each other up and help each other grow. Vivian has the brain of an engineer in a time when women were shunned from the sciences. Lord Benedict becomes her secret sponsee so she can enter her invention at the fair. They exchange letters and a friendship builds into a romance via a Daddy-Long Legs type of story. This book was delightful and sweet I love reading a book with a strong female main character! I love this series because the author specifically has chosen a group of women friends who build each other up and help each other grow. Vivian has the brain of an engineer in a time when women were shunned from the sciences. Lord Benedict becomes her secret sponsee so she can enter her invention at the fair. They exchange letters and a friendship builds into a romance via a Daddy-Long Legs type of story. This book was delightful and sweet. ❤️

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Excellent book. The idea of women being friends and helping each other makes for a great read. I loved the inclusion of China and it’s culture. The leading character being a smart, inventive woman was refreshing. Whenever I read a book set in England I am very thankful my ancestors left. How boring and stuffy were some of the upper class people!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved how smart Vivian was but because of her passed experiences she was so insecure and her friends believe in her and build her up. I love that Lord Benedict had been living in China for years and was so different from your typical Victorian hero. My only complaint is that I wish Vivian and Benedict had more time together in the novel. I hate starting these types of series before the last novel is out! Now I can’t wait for Hazels story…I am assuming Hazels is next at least.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Super predictable, but sometimes it’s nice to read a fluffy romance.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donna Weaver

    Another delightful addition to The Blue Orchid Society series. It was fun to get to see the other ladies again, and this book also provides a hint about upcoming stories for the still-single ones. Vivian's a bit of a brainiac, so she doesn't fit comfortably into regular genteel society. Bring in Lord Benedict, recently taking over for his deceased elder brother. Lord Benedict and Vivian have a history, him having gotten her kicked out of technology school when they were children. But he's a chang Another delightful addition to The Blue Orchid Society series. It was fun to get to see the other ladies again, and this book also provides a hint about upcoming stories for the still-single ones. Vivian's a bit of a brainiac, so she doesn't fit comfortably into regular genteel society. Bring in Lord Benedict, recently taking over for his deceased elder brother. Lord Benedict and Vivian have a history, him having gotten her kicked out of technology school when they were children. But he's a changed man, having traveled the world and lived in China for a time. While the two are still very different, the compliment each other's talents. His secret support of her opportunity to take part in tech contest leads growing friendship. With this taste Shop Around the Corner and a murder mystery to solve, the story flows well. I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator did a great job. 4 1/2 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather Munz

    Loved it! I enjoyed book one (Solving Sophronia) but I liked this this even one more. Vivian is a smart woman with a scientific mind and most people in this era expect women to have hobbies of painting, sewing, etc. But Vivian is an inventor. Her family believes in her, but nobody else will take her seriously because she is a woman. Lord Benedict has been away living in China, but when his brother passed, he became next in line and had to move back. Love that this series is different then most o Loved it! I enjoyed book one (Solving Sophronia) but I liked this this even one more. Vivian is a smart woman with a scientific mind and most people in this era expect women to have hobbies of painting, sewing, etc. But Vivian is an inventor. Her family believes in her, but nobody else will take her seriously because she is a woman. Lord Benedict has been away living in China, but when his brother passed, he became next in line and had to move back. Love that this series is different then most other romance books. The females are strong minded women who are following their dreams and going against the norms of society.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Such a fun edition to The Blue Orchid Society series, I completely loved Vivian's character and I'm even more excited for the next books in this series now than I was before. Vivian is scientifically minded and has been "tinkering" with things since she was a child. I loved how her father, family, and friends believed so much in her abilities to invent and that Benedict did too. The way the two balanced each other out and supported one another was very sweet. I enjoyed the way this late Victorian Such a fun edition to The Blue Orchid Society series, I completely loved Vivian's character and I'm even more excited for the next books in this series now than I was before. Vivian is scientifically minded and has been "tinkering" with things since she was a child. I loved how her father, family, and friends believed so much in her abilities to invent and that Benedict did too. The way the two balanced each other out and supported one another was very sweet. I enjoyed the way this late Victorian era romance had so many positive messages about being kind and accepting of one another. It felt very timely for today. I also really enjoyed the bit of mystery in the last half of the book and the way it kept me turning the pages until the very end. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to more. I received an advance reader copy of this novel. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vanina Jepperson

    I really enjoyed the storyline in this Regency romance. The focus was so much less on the romance and more on the main character's abilities and accomplishments. There was also an unusual twist with a murder mystery. As with all of these stories, the ending is predictable but I thought it was such a fun story. I really enjoyed the storyline in this Regency romance. The focus was so much less on the romance and more on the main character's abilities and accomplishments. There was also an unusual twist with a murder mystery. As with all of these stories, the ending is predictable but I thought it was such a fun story.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.