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Karen RWAGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Another fantastic story in the Daughters of Hampshire series!February 20, 2017Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Taking place between the foggy streets of London in 1883, as well as a grand manor house in Hampshire, this one will send chills up your spine at times, and pull your heart strings too. Mystery, danger, and romance mix well to create a standout Victorian era novel.
This author never disappoints, skillfully weaving fact with fiction, creating scenes and people that all seem real somehow. The emotions run high as the suspense and tension are tightened, making me shed a few tears along with the main character, Gillian, and want to even pray for her at times! Her plight seemed increasingly hopeless, and so unfair, but her pursuit of truth and justice is noble, even as her findings cast doubt on her father's character; not knowing whom she could believe or trust added a lot of tension also. Sadly, the same dangers to women and children that are brought to light, along with the poverty, still exist today.
The quotes from literature, i.e. Shakespeare, Little Women, and the Bible, were effectively used in the story, and quite sweet, especially in the romantic parts. The fairytale twist at the end is worth all the angst along the way, and made for a very satisfying finish. The index has a lot of interesting information also, telling more about the theatre of the time, the people who championed the poor, and other issues of the day.
Readers who enjoy a historical fiction book with some romance and a little faith, like those by Sarah Ladd, Julie Klassen and Melanie Dickerson, will probably love this one too. Recommend! 4.5 stars
(Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)