|The answer is simple – nowhere. They are all still here – just hiding in plain sight. Which is always the best way to hide. Except that the Government knows about them and even has contracts and treaties with them. This was a fun book in that it was basically an RPG with an extra side of plotting within plotting. Christian Warren Freed puts himself into the game as the author Daniel writing about Elves in high fantasy novels who becomes embroiled by accident in the elves’ plots, along with his family especially his wife, who shows herself up in an excellent light and clearly is going to become a feisty warrior when the series continues. Which I am sure it will. I felt very sorry for the dragon. He should be out and about flying as an UFO over Area 51 – I felt the same in Game of Thrones with the 2 chained up in the dungeons. No wonder they are unhappy and angry at humans. I am not really an RPG person so I found the battles just a few too many for me, I would have preferred some subtlety and high treason through poison or… but it will appeal to a more bloodthirsty person than me. 4 stars|
As always a nice read from Darcy. We follow up Mr Grump from the previous novels and his love life and what happened with him and his father.
The storyline continues with orphans and women who need homes due to missing husbands for whatever reason and we have a type of Dickens Xmas novel without the ghosts of Christmas Past but lots of Actions of Father’s Past to replace it.
This book really just rounds up the story lines from the previous novels in the series without any more social commentary of the era – except a side of doctors bleeding people when they are very ill which really did no good at all. Doctors were basically, mostly, incompetent and a transmitter of diseases.
Thank goodness, a Cornish novel where it rains, it storms, gales do blow and overall the weather isn’t brilliant every day! An interesting and complex small town set of characters inhabit this novel, with plenty of gossip and rows and misunderstandings. The only missing character was Aunt Joan - she deserves her own novel! So we have people behaving badly, parties in the 190s fuelled by alcohol and wacky baccky, and the resultant secrets that finally come out. Plus PTSD, bad fiancés, fiancées, university crushes and lots more. Real people, suffering real emotional traumas.
As always Darcy has managed to add in a social commentary to her Historical Romance series of novels.
In this book we consider the issues of illegitimacy; rape by aristocracy of housemaids and the inability of the maids to bring them to justice; poor laws and the dreadful houses for single women with children that separated them and failed to provide a means to earning a living; sterility when you need an heir and spare for the title; and finally childbirth and the dreadful rates of deaths in childbirth and of babies.
There were 3 main causes of childbirth death up till the 20th century.
1. Puerperal fever or Pyrexia – which was carried by doctors and midwives on their hands and clothes from one patient to anther due to lack of washing, disinfecting etc.
2. Placenta previa or separation of the placenta and thus haemorrhages. If the uterus failed to contract after birth or there was some trauma, all of these could cause blood loss which they were unable to stop and of course, there were o transfusions then.
3. Eclampsia or pre-eclampsia.
In all, there were up to 25 deaths in childbirth for every 1000. And still births were not recorded so we have no knowledge of just how many babies were born and not named. It was the custom for many families not to name the child until it had lived for a week or even a month. And thus a death would not be officially recorded.
It was no wonder then, that people feared childbirth… I know I would have died in childbirth if I had lived then and so would my son.
All the above not withstanding, it was a well crafted story with a nice romance and good story-telling. I enjoy her books and they do tend to make me think about the social inequalities and other social issues, which is a good thing, and makes these stories just that little bit more.
Well, what can we say about this book? Very different from any other historical book and I love the Gazette – and the chaotic household of the Judge and the sisters, and all their escapades.
Of course, there is also a Prince and a Trade Deal, else how would there be a Princess? But a Prince can’t marry a Commoner especially one that has been outed as in Society as being deceived badly by the man she thought was her fiancée. But they didn’t quite know just how far she had gone with her fiancée or matters would have been even worse.
Eliza has a strange habit for women of that period – she repairs clocks. Which is a very fiddly task indeed and she has courage and a certain amount of bravado as she believes she is no longer a marriage prospect which enables her to be rather more cavalier about her behaviour.
I liked these sisters and I am sure that there will be more books about them, but starting with Eliza was good. Nicely written with lots of plots and some twists and fun. And some reality as to how people would have really lived if they were middle-class rather than society