Author: Debra Daley
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Genres: Historical fiction
Where I received the book: I received a review copy of this book from Hachette!
Summary: London in the 1770s is bursting with opportunity. It’s a city fuelled by new ideas and new money, where everything is for sale – including entr e into the ruling class.Making their way in this buccaneering society are Carey Ravine, a spirited young woman of enigmatic background, and her husband, the charming, endlessly enterprising Oliver Nash. Carey and Nash share a historic connection to India and a desperate ambition to better themselves. But as Nash’s plans draw them into a restless association of gamblers and secret societies, Carey begins to question what’s really hidden behind the seedy glamour of their lives. Her unease grows with the appearance of a mysterious man whose appearance unearths a troubling secret from the past. Carey finds herself forced to investigate the truth behind the stranger’s claims – and to confront her own illusions about herself.
i was so excited to read this book. the summary sounded really interesting, and the author is a kiwi – which i’m trying to read more of. unfortunately, i was rather disappointed when i got around to actually reading it.
the plot itself is really bland and boring. hardly anything seems to be happening. my favourite parts where the flashbacks, especially to Carey’s childhood. i found them very interesting and the pace seemed to speed up. although i didn’t like the overall storyline, i can definitely see how others might. i just don’t think this one was for me.
i also found the characters extremely boring. i didn’t like anyone, and i couldn’t connect to any of them. there were moments when i kind of liked carey, but it wasn’t that much. everyone felt like they were 2d and lacked some much needed depth. i was really disappointed to find how unrelatable these characters were.
one thing i enjoyed about this book was the setting. there isn’t much worldbuilding but i still felt as if i were in 18th century london. the descriptions were well done, and even the speech felt authentic (where a lot of historical fiction i’ve read tend to have more modern slang and mannerisms). the author has clearly done her research before writing this book, and i appreciate that.
i rate this book 2 stars because there were some things that i liked, however i have more negatives than positives. i don’t think this book is bad, just that it wasn’t for me.