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- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (April 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 11, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ILZHQFC
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Plus a convoluted plot.
Charlotte was running away from her stepson, Edward was returning to his estate. They both lied to each other (secrets.) They decided it would be a good idea to pretend they were married in order to forestall village gossip.
Upon arrival, they find a freedwoman from the Indies in residence. She's well known to Edward, but the imperious way she spoke to Charlotte positively did not ring true. That just wouldn't have happened. It seemed clear to me that slavery in the Indies was the primary focus of the author in this novel. This is a worthy topic for attention; the period was a terrible blot on history. But with so much already going on in this story, its insertion was a trifle bizarre.
Another issue I had with this story was its languid pace.
A side character in the book, Mari is a freed former slave who has decided to make her own way in England. It is in interaction with Mari that we see the true measure of the heroine Charlotte's character; when Charlotte (who has had by no means an easy life, thinks:
It would be wrong to compare their past struggles, for nothing could compare to what Mari had endured.
It is in that moment that we realize Charlotte's true greatness of character; even deprived of all the wealth and comforts to which she was accustomed (and entitled, as a dowager duchess!) she never thinks poor me, never treats anyone with anything less than courtesy and respect.
Edward, rightful Earl of Beckley, has endured suffering of his own since he ran away from home as a child in a desperate attempt to protect his mother from his father's cruelty. What he saw in the West Indies left him with a deep distaste for violence and cruelty, and his protective instincts kick in when a frightened woman begs him for help in a busy coaching inn. Charlotte is clearly hiding something, but then so is he. Perhaps in the deserted, semi-ruined manor of Ravenswood, his childhood home, they can both find themselves again.
I absolutely loved this book. Susanna Craig has three degrees in literature and a career as an English professor, and it really shows in the amazing historical accuracy and detail, and in the quality of her writing. I think I just found another author for my must-read shelf...
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
It is often problematic to write a character that stands by their convictions without them coming off as preachy and self righteous, this author not only managed to do so but presented an incredibly attractive hero in Edward. Kind and sincere Charlotte stood out as a brave heroine in a time where women had very little control over their lives and was superbly matched with Edward. Their physical allure developed into a mutual esteem and concern for the other that made their relationship solid in the face of multiple test of their trust. Fate's ministrations in this work were plausible in even the most far-fetched circumstances giving this story an abundance of unexpected events and a firm grasp on the audience's attention. Susanna Craig did an outstanding job of joining history with her fiction in a well-balanced and engaging way that exemplifies the strong talent of her writing.
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*
*While part of a series this work can be read as a stand alone.*
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