This was a lovely book, well written and Victorian times, were not missish about sex nor innocent – as was said – women share, even their most intimate moments….
We have independent women who are not afraid to go off and find out about the world with no men in tow or to ‘protect’ them, but are happy to take trains, ferries and other forms of transport to go to, what were then considered, tricky places to reach such as Egypt. To learn languages and to make friends – even risqué friends.
It is a romance and we do have the normal ups and downs of the genre but it is written in such a way as to make it believable that the characters would act that way.
I liked Violet from the start and gradually fell for James – the winks did it for me… I could just visualise them.. which is the sign of a good story-teller. I look forward to reading more from Victoria Alexander.
Ps – the book cover shows Regency dress, Violet wears a bustle! We are in Victorian times in this book.