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(The Southwark Saga #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Caught between a new love and an old need for revenge, notorious harlot Sally Green fights for survival in Restoration London. A sinister nobleman, a tutor with a secret, danger around every corner, and unbridled passion … Jessica Cale is pleased to present Tyburn, Book 1 of her new historical romance series, The Southwark Saga.

Sally Green is about to die.

She sees Death in
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published December 8th 2014 by Liquid Silver Books
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars (mostly for the first half!)

Set in the poorest areas of post-Restoration London, Jessica Cale’s Tyburn is a dark, gritty story that’s well written and very readable, but which unfortunately loses its edge around the half-way point.

Sally Green is a whore, one of many owned by the brutal and mysterious Wrath, a pimp to the higher classes. Passed from lord to lord, Sally longs to escape, but her few attempts to do so have resulted in re-capture and brutal beatings. Even so, such treatmen
K.J. Charles
Strongly drawn characters, great writing and really good, vivid historical detail for this Restoration romance. Restoration! With Rochester!

It is super dark though--Sally is forced into prostitution, Nick is horribly abused, the bad guys are really very bad in a very harsh world, people get poxed and die. If you are on for dark and gritty romance this will be your jam. Def one of the most hard-hitting historicals I've read.

I am not currently in a good place for dark and gritty so I'm parking thi
Christine Mcilwaine
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If your tastes run anything like mine, all you'll need to know is that the book is about Highwaymen and Prostitutes, and is available for the Kindle from Amazon - so you can download it straight away and retire to a corner to devour it and thank me later.

For those of you that need a little more, Jessica Cale's characters are well written and enamoring – from Sally to her best friend Bettie the molly (a gay prostitute) providing some light heartedness in amongst the oppression of Sally’s daily li
Rosanna Leo
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Cale has written a romance that will remain one of my all-time favorites. With characters who could belong in a Dickensian classic, a sweet romance to make the spirit soar, and heroes who have to surmount incredible odds, Tyburn has it all. We have Sally, a harlot heroine with a mysterious past. And then we have Nick, a handsome, penniless tutor, living the double life of a highwayman. Oh, and the delightfully evil Wrath, Sally's pimp. To add to these wonderfully-drawn main characters, a ...more
Kimberlie Joy
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so absorbed in the story! I couldn't wait to get time to read every day...
I love the characters, Jessica's rich description of the has been a long time since I couldn't wait to turn the page!
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
(Maybe spoilerish? There may be TMI in this review.)

When I read this I had been in an HR reading slump. Nothing appealed to me. This one set in Restoration England after the Great Fire sounded good and had mostly 5-star ratings so I decided to try it out. It started out well, a gritty, realistic picture of life in the late 1600s. The h is a prostitute under the controlling thumb of her pimp, whose real identity we don't know but he appears to be of the peerage. The H is a tutor in the household
Charlie B.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, a first I believe for this author.
Its a really good story set just after the great fire of London and it captures the period really well. The dialogue is colloquial without actually being correct as would be at the time, If it was the reader would need translations because the London language at that time would not have been as Shakespeare but would have been filled with the current terms in use, far different from the London language of today.
So what of the story its
Eve Dangerfield
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm new to historical romance but Jessica Cale made it easy for me to dive right in. A deliciously detailed insight into Ye Olde England. You can tell this girl knows her history inside out, every detail of the upper and lower classes felt authentic without being forced.
If I may be cheeky I enjoyed the character of Mark more than the male lead and I can't wait to read Virtue's Lady. Nothing against the charming and scholarly Nick but I, like Jane, love a bit of rough.
Bonus points for having a
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyburn is unique. Fascinating and reads like a play. What I would not give to see this story come to life upon the stage.

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Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: osrbcwg
Incredible story-telling

I didn't know what to expect, but what I got was absolutely wonderful. A whore for a heroine and a highwayman for a hero? Wow! Dark and gritty and at the same time, light and sweet, Tyburn is unlike any historical romance I’ve ever read. How refreshingly original.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very enjoyable and during an interesting time period (Restoration) about which I don't know much. It's somewhat refreshing to read something that isn't set during Regency or Victorian times. It starts off really dark and gritty but changes pace as the book progresses, so much so that at times it felt like I was reading a different book. As it's the first book in a series, many characters are introduced and the romance takes a while to kick-off, but once it does it's very satisfying. I'll de
Samantha Ryan
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance readers, historical fiction
Recommended to Samantha by: Jessica Cale
Tyburn by Jessica Cale

Sally Green is well acquainted with Death, but this time she suspects that Death is closing in to call on her. She has no idea how right she is, or how much Death will change her. One woman’s adventures through London’s darker streets and her triumph against the man who holds her captive.

Tyburn is a tale of lies, love and debauchery set in the Restoration, a little used but fascinating era of history. Set in the familiar locale of London, it pulls back the modern percepti
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyburn is one of the best historical romances I have EVER read. I was not familiar with the works of Jessica Cale before this, but I am so happy to have discovered her.
There is so much to this book, I can't give it all away. I won't go into the can read the other reviews for that, but please believe me when I say that this author is incredibly talented and you will adore this book.
Jessica Cale’s main characters are multi-faceted. None of them is only black or white. They are complex,
Marianne Rice
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved Ms. Cale’s debut novel, Tyburn. Ms. Cale crafts beautifully descriptive scenes; I felt like I was in London in 1671. There were so many three-dimensional characters in this novel, making me care—and extremely dislike—them all. From Sally the whore and her disturbing past, to the enchanting Nick Virtue and his adorable playboy of a brother, to the villains we love to hate. Many authors struggle adding depth to their secondary characters; Tyburn is an excellent example of how to add ...more
Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll
Tyburn is a delightfully dark historical romance with unexpected twists. Cale is historically accurate in every detail from the dress of the common footpad to the elegance of a Lord down to the dates and times.
In a rare glimpse of reality, we are taken on a journey with an accidental prostitute and a highway with crime his only option to fill his ever growling belly. Despite their personal travails, both of them manage to retain their humanity enough to care for and help others in their time
Kailynn Jones
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn’t love a dashing highwayman? Especially when he’s also a tutor. A rogue and a scholar? Sign me up! Nick Virtue joins the list of my favorite heroes. One of the things I loved about this novel was the fabulous character development. Each one, even the side characters, were interesting and unique. Sally, our heroine, draws you in and the mystery Ms. Cale weaves keeps you turning the page. I routed for Sally from the start and loved every minute of her journey, even the times I wanted to ...more
John Jenkins
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I feel like Restoration London doesn’t get enough play as a backdrop for fiction, so any find raises a flicker of excitement. Tyburn fans this little flicker into a roaring flame with its ‘back streets’ view of the hookers and highwaymen who populated the seedier locales of Charles II’s capital. A romance, but not the one you were expecting. Tyburn, like its heroine, Sally, is desperate, hungry, and dirty, but with a good heart buried somewhere deep down. Lovers of either well-researched histori ...more
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a good reads giveaway and I am so glad I have been introduced to this author. Set in dark London I was addicted to the story from chapter one and loved following Sally (Celeste) on her struggle to escape the clutches of the evil Wrath and then to find romance with Nick the tutor by day and secret highwayman by night. I even shed a tear at the end for Madame Toulouse but for all the right reasons. I can't wait to read more by this author.
Katie King
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stirring Read

An excellent story, there are a great many details in the beginning that smooth out quickly and make for a fantastic story and a wonderful read. I will be reading the next book in the series as soon as possible. Excited to add this author to my list!
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Good book can't wait to read the next book in the saga. I would definitely recommend this to anyone
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: restoration-era
Original review: 4.5 stars. An original read with wonderful, sympathetic lead characters. The personality of the character who becomes the heroine of the next book is somewhat irritating, but I hope she can grow on me in the next one. https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...

Review upon reread originally posted here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...

I went into this year fully intending that I would reread the Southwark Saga, but I just didn’t know when I would do it, given my tendency to
Evelyn Nathalia
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyburn is the Jessica Cale's debut novel and I have to say that she astounds me. It is a very great book with detailed scene and vivid description.
I don't think anyone had truly read a historical book if they never read this book. It's that great. To be honest, I cannot read any book after reading this and it took 2-3 days to go back to reading world. I can't put this story out of my mind.

Sally Green is a prostitute under the Wrath's control, a sadistic nobleman with very mean ambition. She was
Vicki Highley
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tyburn, a village outside of London in the 1670's known for being the place that London executed its prisoners. In fact, families would make a day of it. The story starts in Tyburn on the day of an execution, a well-know thief is to be hanged and it seems everyone is there, some people were upset because there was no space available to spread a blanket for a picnic lunch and that the food sellers ran out of food to sell. Jessica Cale also takes us on an interesting visit to Newgate Prison, her d ...more
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
“Sally was there the day they hung Claude Duval.”

There was no better way to grab my attention. I was hooked from the first sentence. It’s amazing how a character that was just introduced could evoke an emotion of pity and sadness. Sally, was also a character that seemed real with her strife and position. She is not your typical everyday heroine. A prostitute doesn’t usually have their stories to tell, but Sally’s was important. Such a journey of heartbreak and bad luck that one couldn’t help but
Anna Bowling
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fair warning first: this is not a gentle romance. It's set in the underbelly of Restoration London, for one thing. Our heroine, Sally Green, is a prostitute, for one thing. The real kind, and she's seen a few things. Including the bottoms of a few gin bottles, because our girl does not have an easy day (okay, night) at the office. Our hero, Nick Virtue, would have been a physician, but lacked the funds for medical school, so now he's a tutor, but doesn't always get paid, and so moonlights as a h ...more
Tracy DeNeal
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another sleepless night. Jessica Cale is turning me into a zombie. Danger, intrigue, casual murder - life is a precariously cheap thing in this literary world she has created.

The writing is fluid and tight. The emotions evoked are real. I found myself gripped with fear and anxiety as Sally and Nick found themselves in scrape after scrape. The lurking evil felt real and true. The slow burn and development of true love felt real and organic.

The villains were chilling. I truly despaired of an HEA t
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read romance novels, but I found this historical romance to be well-written and set in an interesting period. Although I'm not a historian, a wealth of details really brought the era to life for me. I enjoyed reading about characters that don't normally make an appearance in other books, like the male prostitutes of the era. Cale didn't gloss over the ugly parts of Sally's life, yet she was still able to make Sally hopeful rather than hopeless, through force of personality. The ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good first book by Jessica Cale

By the cover I thought this would be only a romance novel which I haven't read in over 20 years but I was pleasantly surprised. My daughter told me about Jessica so I decided to read her first book. It's a book worth reading. I will definitely read her 2nd book in the series.
Thanks Jessica
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the type of book I normally read (not a massive romance fan). I found that I really enjoyed this book, and that the romance actually added to the story! I would highly recommend this book to others, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
Courtney Smith Atkins
I think this is a 2.5. It is a read I could easily put down. There was a lot of foreshadowing and it had a nice happy ending which I liked.
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Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him i ...more

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The Southwark Saga (3 books)
  • Virtue's Lady (The Southwark Saga, #2)
  • The Long Way Home (The Southwark Saga, #3)
“You poor dear! Imagine having to wear Mark’s trousers! He’s a lovely lad, but I wouldn’t wish that fate on anyone. God only knows who’s been in them!” 2 likes
“What things? Tell me of this fantastical creature.” She laughed. “Well…” He suddenly grew serious. “There exists, in this world, men who are courageous and good, men who will treat you kindly whether you are a lady, or a whore, or a skinny boy in a dress. They are few and far between,” 0 likes
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