The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee
Its crazy how life works sometimes. About a month ago I was talking to someone and I mentioned that in Japan there is a technique to fix broken pottery that uses gold to highlight the cracks instead of trying to hide them. I remembered that it was super symbolic about life and being proud of fixing your breaks rather than hiding your past hardships. I was glad I remembered the metaphor, but it was really bugging me thatthat I couldn’t remember where I had learned about it.
Then, completely unrelated, I decided to re-read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (because they released The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky on Audiobook and I hadn’t read that or the 3rd book, The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks.) And, lo and behold, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue mentions Kintsugi twice!! It was super fun to remember where I had learned it, especially with the added coincidence of my previous convo!
This is my second review of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, the first being in March 2019. (which is another random coincidence because I happened to read it in March of this year) Originally I rated it 5 stars and I was happy to find I loved it every bit as much the second time around! Monty and Percy are wonderful and infuriating and you can’t help but fall in love with them as they learn to love themselves.