"Richly nuanced characters and a superbly realized Victorian setting come together brilliantly." ~ Chicago Tribune
"With its powerful conflict and innovative plot twists, Lofty's second Christie novel is mesmerizing. Watch Lofty's star rise." ~ RT BookReviews, 4 1/2 Star Top Pick
"...A passionate, action-filled story of love [that] overflows with rich historical detail." ~ Library Journal
"Polly embodies the perfectly capable woman...and Alex is properly flummoxed by this red-haired beauty. A cross-class love story at its best..." ~ B&N Romance Blog
"Carrie Lofty masters the historical genre." ~ Single Titles
From the Author
Alex and Polly make me smile whenever I think of them. Class conflict that matures into a happy ending has always been one of my favorite romantic themes. I'm happy to have had the chance to bring these two disparate characters together.
The possibility of love across societal boundaries was far more likely in Scotland than in England. Self-made men were respected for their contributions to the city's prosperity, and the aristocracy did not hold as much sway. As a result, class confines were not as difficult to surmount.
The Victorian era also offered remarkable potential. Because Scottish legislation has permitted access to classrooms for both boys and girls since 1696, I like to think a woman as clever and independent as Polly could have prospered--even when confronted with the most challenging circumstances.
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