A twisty-turny tale of female relationships, male dominance and deception, centred around the Huguenots.
I really enjoyed this book! I generally enjoy well-researched historical fiction anyway, but this one had the pleasant additional extra of being extremely well-plotted and clever.
Sara arrives in London and gets snared by a notorious Madam, who forces her to work as a whore. By chance, Esther, the wife of a Huguenot weaver, passes by and later rescues Sara, employing her as a maid. Her husband hires a weaver to work on his master piece in the garret of their home, who Esther takes a shine to for more reasons than one; and Sara finds herself smitten with another weaver who (let's be brutally honest here) is a bit of a bad'un.
The final court scenes are dramatic, tense and don't turn out the way I expected - which is always a good thing.
This was a richly imagined book, with scenes that leapt off the page. Not once did I question the authenticity of the tale, it felt very real and it's obvious the author did lots of research to achieve this. I also appreciated the depth of the characters; their flaws as well as their positive aspects. I never quite knew what each of them was going to do, which worked really well.
If you enjoy books like The Miniaturist or The Crimson Petal and the White, I'm confident this book will be right up your street. Definitely one of the better books I've read recently.
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