The Gilded Lily
'makes you feel as if you're in Restoration London alongside the two lead characters of this excellent historical novel. Highly recommended." –The Bookbag
Sadie Appleby is an innocent who has never left her village home. But one night she is rudely awoken by her older and bolder sister, Ella, who has robbed her employer and is on the run.
Determined to stick together, the sisters flee the scene of the crime for London, hoping to lose themselves in the tangle of dark alleyways – the 'rookeries' that make up Restoration London.
Ella is seduced by the glitter and glamour of city life and sets her sights on flamboyant man-about-town, Jay Whitgift, owner of a beauty shop for wives of the London gentry. But nothing in the capital is what it seems, least of all Jay Whitgift.
When Ella rises in society and Sadie falls, Ella is determined to leave the heartbroken Sadie behind. But Ella needs Sadie, for the Law is on their trail, and soon the sisters are facing a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
But when the hangman finally threatens, and those they trust most betray them, will blood be thicker than water?
'filled with adventure and sparked with romance.' (Booklist)
"It's hard to say why you find a novel unputdownable, but I've just spent about 4 hours curled up with the second half, and there was no way I was not going to finish it today!"
"The story line, like a meandering river, was full of unexpected twists and turns which enchanted me and made it very hard to put down."
"Brilliant. a cracking good read couldn't put it down, exciting from beginning to end the author really brought the characters to life."
"I enjoyed this one particularly as it has a different and engaging storyline. It was another book I couldn't put down…read in a day and enjoyed the characters and storline immensely."
Set in England in ther 17th century, this is the companion book to Deborah Swift's The Lady's Slipper
First edition published by St Martin's Press, this edition by Quire Books.