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Ripper, My Love Paperback – April 5, 2012

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147508661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475086614
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,261,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Ripper My Love is the story of Kitty, an energetic and independent woman living near White Chapel in London during the reign of Jack the Ripper. Kitty dreams of owning her own sewing shop and works to care for her father, completely oblivious that she is deeply imbued in the life of the Ripper.

There is an awesome, and totally unexpected twist, but I won't ruin it.

Smy's novel is thoughtful, engaging, and really exciting. She masterfully used history to create a backdrop, instead of letting it linger in the forefront like so many historical fiction writers do. Before I realized how she had done it, she transported me into the London slums, and had me wholly invested what happened to our protagonist.

Full of intrigue and action, you will find this a quick read and a thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
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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 Ripper" by the media. Author Glynis Smy not only travels back in time to write a thrilling tale of love, betrayal, murder and danger - she puts flesh on skeletons from the past with such skill that they walk through the pages with new terror. From Chapter One when young Kitty Harper fights off an attacker in a dark alley and runs to safety, "Ripper My Love" keeps readers engaged. Kitty succeeds in what few women of her time did: becoming a respected businesswoman with the opening of her London designer shop, "Button & Bows." While she rejoices in the light of her success and her love for her father and friends, darkness is camped just outside the happy sphere of her life waiting to drag her into it. Smy makes a believable and historically accurate case for not one, but two possible Jack the Rippers. Serial killers, sadly, are often the product of abusive, violent homes. Tutor Arthur Twigg's drunken, abusive parents -who totally neglected his needs - were both dead by the time he turned 12, and he was sent to an orphanage. James Lockwood's father beat him repeatedly until he drew blood, belittled him in front of other family members, and caused him to twist and turn into something cold and deadly inside, hidden from view. Arthur and James both fall in love with Kitty and want to marry her. Who will Kitty choose and will she be safe with either of the men who vie for her love? Could they be connected to the grisly Whitechapel murders? And why should they be? Fortunately, not every abused child becomes violent. Is Kitty's love strong enough to set the men who love her free from the hurt, anger and hate stamped into their lives by abuse? If not, who will rescue Kitty from impending disaster?
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