Ivy Smythe is one of the first women admitted to practice law in England. Intelligent and independent, she hopes to work for women’s rights and defend those less fortunate. She is shocked when her law partner father insists she defend a young aristocrat accused of murdering a prostitute.
The Honorable Bryan Henderson is the son of a baron and a member of the Society of Bright Young People. His privileged life of wild parties is threatened by the death of his older brother and the discovery of a corpse at his family’s estate. The last thing he needs is a lady barrister!
While Bryan attempts to show Ivy who has the power in their relationship, Ivy struggles with her conflicting roles of barrister and attractive young woman. Together they experience the excitement of London’s Jazz Age and a growing attraction neither can deny.
Ivy’s first client is far from desirable.
Ivy has worked very hard to become and woman barrister, and she has lofty goals about the type of clients she’d like to represent. When her father insists that she take Bryan’s case, she is anything but pleased. Bryan doesn’t seem to take anything seriously, including the suspicions of murder. Can Ivy get him to see the gravity of the situation before it is too late?
Ivy is a very intelligent and pioneering spirit. She’s had to work extremely hard to achieve her goal of being a barrister, especially at this time in history. Her passion for the law and the work she does shines through in her conversations with others. Despite her zeal for her career, Ivy doesn’t command much respect. She keeps insisting she’s a barrister, but when the situation begins to feel hopeless, Ivy wilts and the glimmers of her new-found confidence fade away. She gets pushed around and distracted quite a bit by the men in her life throughout the story, especially by Bryan. She can’t be blamed for falling in love, and I understand that Ivy would want to relax and have some fun after leading very serious life. However, Bryan is suspected of murder, and I felt that she needed to be more forceful in making Bryan see how serious the situation was.
Bryan made an interesting hero. He seems like a typical playboy at first, and he sets out to distract Ivy from her purpose by dragging her to multiple parties. However, I do see quite a bit of change in Bryan as the story progresses. Underneath Bryan’s flippant exterior lies a more serious man who is masking his pain by playing a role. I think his character had more potential that I would have liked to explore in greater depth.
I enjoyed reading Love and the Pursuit of Law. It is a quick and entertaining read easily read in one sitting. Readers looking to take a spin through the Jazz Age might want give this romance a try.