Before I begin explaining why I know that this book will have made it into my top books of 2015, can I take a minute to get you to look at the cover? Now, I know we’re not usually encouraged to judge a book by its cover, but this is SUCH a pretty cover- although the pic above doesn’t do it justice.
Anyway. A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Katherine about the inspiration behind the book (you can read the result here. It’s OK. I’ll wait for you to come back) and because of this I was desperate to get started on the novel.
The story is this: an heiress, Lady Katherine Ferrers, is caught up in the Civil War and at an early age finds herself forced into a depressing marriage of convenience to a man who seems immune to her charms. Miserable, poor and convinced she has something of the devil about her, all seems hopeless until she meets a mysterious man who provides an exciting way out: highway robbery.
This might seem far-fetched, but it is based on the legend that the real Lady Katherine was the highwaywoman known as ‘The Wicked Lady’- although it’s never been proven. And there were women who were highway robbers. So not that far fetched, then.
The story itself is as wonderful as its predecessor, The Crimson Ribbon– the level of detail is engrossing and really adds to the story, rather than detracting from it. The characters are well drawn and believable; I even became very cross with one of them at the point of a great betrayal, which even though I’d suspected was going to happen, I still felt angry and let down when it did. And that’s the point of good fiction, isn’t it? To draw us into a world we may not fully recognise and to engross us in the lives of the characters. I certainly think that Katherine Clements has the knack- and I eagerly await her next novel. No pressure.
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