It’s always nerve-wracking waiting for the first reviews for a new novel but I needn’t have worried. Three five star reviews are up on Amazon already.
Beginning in Italy in 1819, and using real historical figures and events as a backdrop, their stories entwine with those of the fictional characters in this intriguing novel.
Caroline of Brunswick, a most misunderstood woman – and queen – is sympathetically brought to life, complete with her faults, foibles and qualities; she bounces off the pages with all the force and impetuosity that she had in real life. But the central figure is Caroline’s dressmaker, Emilia Barton, who discovers a secret which takes her from Italy to Regency London, and a drama reminiscent of the era’s gothic novels so beloved of Jane Austen.
Well written and thought-provoking, this fictional story of a dressmaker is intertwined with that of Princess Caroline. Some of the twists are unexpected and this creates a pacy and absorbing read.
I enjoyed this book and wiill look out for more from this author.