by Rachelle Morgan

April 2003
ISBN: 0-06-008470-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Rachelle Morgan revisits Victorian England in this sequel to her novel An Unlikely Lady. I must confess I had not read the first story, but, to my relief, this is very much a stand alone tale.

Other than becoming familiar with the situation of twin girls, lost and separated at an early age, there is very little overlap of characters here, other than the sisters themselves. One of whom, Faith, has become a pickpocket and thief in order to survive in Londonís foulest quarter.

Then she lifts the wallet of Troyce de Meir, Baron Westborough, and her life changes completely. Becoming a servant in his household, Faith finds herself challenged by Troyce, disliked by his sister, and yet determined to keep her head high and her honor intact.

I admit that I was a little puzzled by some of Faithís personality traits. Being deserted at such a young age, I was surprised that she was able to grasp the concepts of honor, and determination as well as she did, but then again, she was an unusual young woman. And well matched with Troyce who is a perfect hero.

This was an interesting, slightly different story, marred only by the extensive use of colloquialisms in Faithís early dialogue. Iím sure that there was a lot of slang used, but several of the expressions credited to Faith are a great deal more modern than those that would have been popular at the turn of the century.

Iíd certainly recommend this to historical romance lovers, especially those who are ready for a change from the Regency, and a look at Victorian life through the eyes of Londonís seedy underworld.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Celia.

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