Matronly Duties by Melissa Kendall (Review by Cassandra – #NerdGirlLola)

Matronly Duties

Title: Matronly Duties 

Author:Melissa Kendall

Published Date: May 21st 2015

Genre: Romance/ Sci-Fi


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Hundreds of years after an asteroid slammed into Earth and sent it into a new ice age, what remains of the human race lives on in underground sanctuaries. Now, as the bicentennial anniversary of the impact approaches, a new leader prepares to take her place at the head of the government. At least, that’s what she thinks.

Bethanie Greene’s life has been planned out for her since the age of thirteen. Beautiful and intelligent, she’s spent the last twelve years training to become the next Matron of the underground nation of Oceania. But when Bethanie is kidnapped by rogue extremists just six weeks shy of taking office, her world is turned upside down by the handsome stranger who rescues her.

Howard James’ life has been the polar opposite of Bethanie’s. Struggling to survive in a world where those in power wished he didn’t exist, he harbors a deep-seated resentment of the government and all its representatives. Together with his unconventional family, he shows Bethanie a life she never knew was possible, while at the same time, opening her eyes to the injustices of the government she is meant to lead.

But can she trust a stranger? And can a few days change everything she believes and desires? Against all odds, Bethanie must decide if her heart and her duties can coexist


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Cassandra – #NerdGirlLola’s  Review***
Matronly Duties is an astounding book. It is so well written and captivating. I was completely sucked into the story. The author did an excellent job researching how to sustain life underground without making it sound completely cheesy.

Bethanie is, for lack of a better word, sheltered, extremely sheltered (which makes for some hilarious events later on in the book). Since the age of 13 she has basically been a ward of the government undergoing training to become a future leader of Oceania, one of the five colonies left after a cataclysmic event that left billions dead. She has been fed only the information that the ruling government thinks she needs to hear.

After being kidnapped and almost raped, she is saved by Howard James. With his help she gets to see what is really going on outside of her protected bubble. Understandably she is torn between what she has been told and what she is seeing right before her eyes; soon after she is “rescued” by the government and taken back to her ivory tower where she eventually takes over as the new Matron.

Once in office her eyes are opened even more when she starts to realize that all is not what it seems to be. At this point in the story I feel that a lot of people today can relate to Bethanie. Becoming disillusioned with the standing government and realizing that in some cases they are doing more harm than good. Pushing their own agendas with no regards to what the people really want or need.

I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s not a genre I normally read but the synopsis really grabbed my attention, I am so glad I chose this book to review. The writing is engaging and I just got lost in the story. The characters are well written and relatable.

Overall I loved this book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, over 18 due to sexual content. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Kendall.


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