Ana Maria and the Fox

Ana María and The Fox

by Liana De la Rosa
Series: The Luna Sisters #1
Setting: England
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Published on April 4, 2023
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback Source: Library

A forbidden love between a Mexican heiress and a shrewd British politician makes for a tantalizing Victorian season.
Ana María Luna Valdés has strived to be the perfect daughter, the perfect niece, and the perfect representative of the powerful Luna family. So when Ana María is secretly sent to London with her sisters to seek refuge from the French occupation of Mexico, she experiences her first taste of freedom far from the judgmental eyes of her domineering father. If only she could ignore the piercing looks she receives across ballroom floors from the austere Mr. Fox.
Gideon Fox elevated himself from the London gutters by chasing his burning desire for more: more opportunities, more choices. For everyone. Now, as a member of Parliament, Gideon is on the cusp of securing the votes he needs to put forth a measure to abolish the Atlantic slave trade once and for all—a cause that is close to his heart as the grandson of a formerly enslaved woman. The charmingly vexing Ana María is a distraction he must ignore.
But when Ana María finds herself in the crosshairs of a nefarious nobleman with his own political agenda, Gideon knows he must offer his hand as protection . . . but will this Mexican heiress win his heart as well?

I love historical romance but reading about the same types of rich people can get old. I really enjoy stories that feature other people in society. This book does that wonderfully.

The Luna sisters have been sent from Mexico to London following the French invasion of Mexico. Their father is a close advisor to the Mexican president-in-exile. Their uncle is the Mexican ambassador to England.

The sisters have been raised as perfect political pawns of their father. They were told to stay secluded when they get to England. Don’t draw attention to themselves. Their uncle has other plans. He needs them to be the faces of the Mexican people. They need to make English high society care about a fight an ocean away.

Ana Maria draws the eye of Mr. Fox, an upstart politician of a mixed race background. Together they could be powerful but Ana Maria has a fiance that her father chose for her back in Mexico.

This book does a great job of weaving in the history of the period in Mexico. This major upheaval in the sisters’ lives means nothing to the Society people they encounter. They are too vibrant to fit the dictates of unmarried ladies. Society doesn’t know what to do with them and they don’t particularly care for it either.

If you like romances where you learn about history that you may not have learned in school, pick up this book.