Publisher – Harlequin MIRA
Date – April 7th, 2020
Pages – 352
Genre – Historical romance
Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything . . .
London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate newborn at the Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the daughter she has never known. Dreading the worst, that she has died in care, she is astonished to discover someone pretending to be Bess has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl—and why.
Less than a mile from Bess’s poor lodgings, in a quiet Georgian townhouse, lives Alexandra, a reclusive young widow. When her close friend—an ambitious doctor at the orphanage—persuades her to hire a nursemaid to help care for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds.
If I had to describe this book in one word – atmospheric. By the end of the first chapter I was completely captivated and transported back to London in the 1750’s.
The writing perfectly captured the time period and allowed the reader to feel the desperation, longing, and loss of the characters. It was easy to connect with the characters which is a big plus for me. And of course, the secrets only added to the intrigue of the plot.
I enjoyed the commentary on motherhood, class, and moral dilemmas faced by many during this time. The time period was well-researched by the author and masterfully woven into a complex story. You know it’s good historical fiction when you head off to research the story after you finish the book.
There were a few parts that felt a bit contrived but overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. If you enjoyed Where The Crawdads Sing or When We Were Yours you will most likely love this book.
Thank you to Harlequin MIRA and NetGalley for a gifted copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
This book is available April 7th from you favorite bookseller!