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Ripper, My Love (Ripper Romance/Suspense Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Glynis Smy
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Book Description

Growing up in late nineteenth century East London, Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets.

With her ever-watchful father and living surrogate family though, Kitty feels protected from harm. In fact, she feels so safe that while Whitechapel cowers under the cloud of a fearsome murderer, she strikes out on her own, moving into new premises to accommodate her sewing business.

But danger is closer than she thinks. In truth, it has burrowed itself right into her heart in the form of a handsome yet troubled bachelor, threatening everything she holds dear. Will Kitty fall prey to lust – and death – herself, or can she find the strength inside to fight for her business, sanity and her future?

And who is the man terrifying the streets of East London?


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About the Author

Glynis Smy was born and raised in England. Her days are spent caring for her mother, and writing Historical romance fiction with a twist.

Product Details

  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anastasias Publishing Europe (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WU2QZI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History without being history. May 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
I began reading this book unaware that it had anything to do with Jack the Ripper and by the time I got to the chapter where he is mentioned I got quite a surprise! (Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler :o). I don't know much about Jack the Ripper so I had to look him up.

However, those who are familiar with Jack trivia, please don't be put off--it's not your average "boring retelling", because it doesn't stay true to the "facts"--it' wasn't written for that purpose. You see, it's not really about Jack the Ripper at all. It's a fictional account about the other people in his life. I won't go into whom because it might spoil some things. But intriguing concept, yes?

The beginning might be a bit slow for some, (not for me, though, as I don't read books just to get them finished), because it does a fine job of building character. But by around a third of the way through it really began to pick up pace. I read the last half of the book in half the time I read the first half. The world was believable. Some moments left me holding my breath. Some moments left me teary (especially toward the end), and for a person who doesn't often read this genre, it was a smooth and enjoyable hit of "history".

I highly recommend this. It's history without being history. Gotta love that, yeah?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Splendid May 10, 2012
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Ahh to fall in love with a story - this is exactly what happened as I met Kitty, Sarah, Arthur, James and Patrick. Kitty is the woman you just love to love and Sarah is too! I even fell in love with Sally...and then heartbroken at her situation. Arthur, James and Patrick are all vying for the affections of Kitty leading to a story that grabs your attention, holds it and delivers the warm fuzzy feeling as you read the last words....Now, I can't say too much more because then I would ruin it but I do have to say this: It is a wonderful story written by a talented writer - Good Job Glynis Smy on your debut novel! And I am looking forward to reading "Maggie's Child" later this year after it is released!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn! May 7, 2012
By JEANNE
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I was totally drawn into the world of this book. Love the heroine, Kitty and especially liked the accounts of her branching out on her own and setting up shop as a seamstress. Lots of what I like in historical fiction-great detail and atmosphere, very credible characters. And, just as you would hope for in a tale of Jack the Ripper, plenty of dank alleys and 'mustard' coloured fog.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Debut May 7, 2012
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If you've ever thought historical novels are a little bit boring, you really must give this a go -- it's anything but dull! Combining fiction with reality, Smy creates a story with plenty of twists and turns, along with characters you can't help but love or hate in equal measures. I enjoyed the strong, independent heroine who refuses to bow to convention and even sets up her own successful business. Using colourful language, the world of East London comes to life, and you can almost taste the fear and unease that wraps itself around this novel.A wonderful debut, and I can't wait to read more from this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars addictively plotted and a real page turner May 30, 2012
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First of all an amazing cover illustration !
Suspenseful , loved the character Kitty and she kept my attention throughout the book .
Her voice rings so clear and true and she make you feel the things she sees and does.
A joy to read , easy to get into and addictively plotted.
Beautifully written and a real page turner.
Will not give the story line away as a MUST to read.
Wonderful debut novel and cant wait fot the next by Glynis Smy .
Well done
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! May 8, 2012
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What an awesome read! I felt like I was transported back to Old England to the impoverished section of Whitechapel. The imagery is so strong that you will feel as if you are walking through the dirty streets of London. I could sense the danger lurking in every corner. Kitty, the main character is well developed and you really come to know her as she brings you into her world. She is a strong young woman and the reader feels as if she is with Kitty as Kitty branches out taking steps necessary to survive and improve her life. There are some serious surprises that will shock you. I am trying to be careful not to give any spoilers away. But I will tell you that this is a great read. It kept my interest and caused me to stay up far too late one night because I couldn't put it down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended June 1, 2012
By Len
Format:Kindle Edition
Before I began reading this novel, the honest truth was historical fiction never appealed to me. After reading this, I am now a fan! So, if you are not a historical-fiction fan, this isn't a typical, boring book with the non-essential details. It's a well-crafted novel with a good plot.

With compelling and yet believable characters and without saying much that would add spoilers, I recommend this to the highest degree.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Ripping" Good Story May 23, 2012
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I really enjoyed this story. Anything that alludes to Jack the Ripper intrigues me and gets me reading (or watching), and Glynis Smy's twist on the infamous killer intrigued me. The characters were delightful. I especially like the characters, who are delightful, and the descriptions of Victorian English life. The Victorian period is one of my favorite periods in literature. The beginning of chapter 14 is a particularly good example, IMO, of the time period:

The stench greeted the two women before they entered the courtyard. A block of rundown tenement buildings created a dark shadow across the street. Not a ray of sunlight could break through. In truth the sun would do nothing to brighten the scene. It was the worst area of the city. Smoke, gas, and sewerage fumes choked the residents. (End of quote.)

The dialogue is also excellent and captures the flavor of time and place in such conversations as this (also from chapter 14) where Kitty and Sarah are visiting their friend Sally, one of the "residents" in this rundown area of town:

A woman [Sally] dressed in drab, dirty clothes leant over a wooden crate. Her body odour was offensive to her visitors, but their faces gave nothing away.

'Well wadcha know, it's me girls come to pay a visit.'....

Sally suffered a hard life and circumstances found her working as a prostitute.

'Take a load off, it is me birthday and I bin celebratin', wore out I am' [Sally says]. (End of excerpt.)

One reviewer said the book was slow reading at first, and it was for me also. But like this reviewer, I too am patient with "slow" beginnings when I realize that the author is "setting the scene.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining
This story would make an excellent TV mini-series. Descriptive writing - almost had to wipe the grime of old London off my kindle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wendy Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Jacks?
Arthur, a journalist, and James, a farmer, join forces to terrorize the East End of London in this Ripper story which is actually the subplot to the story of Kitty Harper and her... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark and heartbreaking spin on an old tale
Glynis Smy’s Ripper My Love grabs your attention from the opening chapter with a descriptive style that transports the reader into a dank London alley full of danger — and a dark... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vine Leaves Literary Journal
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but wanted more
I wish there was more Jack the Ripper material in this but it was a good story about the main character and her life. Read more
Published 8 months ago by VampireLibrarian
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
For those who enjoy this type of story, it is well written. Just not my cup of tea. I didn't realize it was a play on "Jack the Ripper". I did read it clear through. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Linda M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
What a different take on Jack the Ripper. I read this straight through and then ordered the sequel. Very nicely done
Published 9 months ago by Anne D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT a romance
Despite the title, and the author's description of this book as a "Ripper Romance," this book is definitely NOT a romance. I would classify it more in the thriller/suspense genre. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Harrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Started off slow but was very interesting
Ripper, My Love
I did not see this book as a romance novel. It was a very different take on the Jack the Ripper story. The book started off slow. Read more
Published 10 months ago by phoenix2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written!
I picked up this not knowing what to expect. I have heard of the infamous 'Jack The Ripper' but was not sure if this book had anything to do with that character. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jamoe
5.0 out of 5 stars When Fear Stalks - Courage Walks
During the years of 1888 to 1891, London residents lived in fear due to the press coverage given to the Whitechapel Murders, murders attributed to a serial killer dubbed "Jack the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Author Stephanie Parker McKean
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More About the Author

I live in the UK, by the sea on the South-Eastern side of the island. My genre is historical romance with a twist. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research.

Over the years I've won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line.

When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughter.

A proud moment in my life was when Maggie's Child reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list, and #25 in Historical Romance paid best-seller list.

Please note: I write in UK English.

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