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Virtue's Lady

(The Southwark Saga #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Lady Jane Ramsey is young, beautiful, and ruined.

After being rescued from her kidnapping by a handsome highwayman, she returns home only to find her marriage prospects drastically reduced. Her father expects her to marry the repulsive Lord Lewes, but Jane has other plans. All she can think about is her highwayman, and she is determined to find him again.

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Published April 13th 2015 by Liquid Silver Books
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Rosanna Leo
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Minutes after closing Jessica Cale's Virtue's Lady, I am still alternately sighing and wishing I could live in her world a little longer. Thanks to this book, book 2 in her wonderful Southwark Saga, and Tyburn (book 1), Ms. Cale has become my favorite new author. Her attention to detail is meticulous and yet she never gets bogged down in useless information. The story never suffers from too much information. And, oh, what a story! Lady Jane Ramsey is an earl's daughter in post-Fire London. She h ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Virtue’s Lady is a nice addition to Southwark saga series. Another incredible book by author Jessica Cale! She brought a shimmering and sensational story filled with enough chemistry and tension to satisfy a reader and make her escape in Restoration London.
Virtue’s Lady is a story of second chances, an uplifting look about not settling for less than you deserve. I found it to be delightfully endearing. Moved me and had me charmed. By the end of the book, I was definitely craving more of these c
Carrie-Anne O'Driscoll
Cale has delivered the historical steam in full force again in Virtue's Lady! Continuing the Southwark Saga with Lord Somerton's half brother, Mark and his late chapter liaison with Lady Jane.
Creating a steel spined female character of noble blood, Cale once again takes the reader into 1600's London to the "other side of the bridge." Though Mark denies her believing that he's not good enough for her, Jane is determined to stay. Offered a helping hand by Lady Somerton, she demands to be allowed
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating. Unique and badass historical novel.

Jessica Cale has come to play ladies and gents!

There comes a time where you read a novel and the writing is so engaging, the story so vivid, the imagery so convincing and the characters so seductive that reading it becomes more than a pastime and evolves into a totally amazing experience. I stand before you today, barely able to communicate coherently through my blissed-out, post reading euphoric haze. I keep trying to hold on to rationale, of cou
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Jessica Cale has delighted me with a love story set during the Restoration period. I liked this "sequel" even better than the first book. Jane, a society girl in love with a carpenter, leaves her sheltered life for adventure and love, she hopes, among the commoners in Southwark. Jane's fierce independence and a wonderful supporting cast - Carys in particular - made this a very fun book to read. I'm looking forward to the third installment. ...more
Anna Bowling
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical romance with generous helpings of bith

The second installment in Jessica Cale's Southwark Saga proves once again that this is an author to watch. Fleeing a life of privilege, Lady Jane re-creates herself in the slums of Southwark, finding richness, and love, amidst the squalor. Mark Virtue is a carpenter, good with his hands and better with his heart, albeit thicknesses when it comes to love. With a vibrant supporting cast, this is a must read for those who prefer historical romances w
Gayle McMartin Hulme
Rascals, footpads & a Lady. So surprised at how Jane turned out in this book. Loved it
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: restoration-era
Original review here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...
Review upon reread originally posted here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...

4.5 stars. After rereading Tyburn, I was eager to revisit the rest of the series. And while if there’s a weakest book in the series, this one might be it for me, it’s still a superb book, and it’s only a few notches below the others.

Once again, as I did with my reread of the prior book, I did find myself feeling a bit more sympathetic to Jane’s plight t
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is my second novel of Jessica Cale's and I was blown away, once again! I'm most certainly becoming a fan of her work!

In "Virtue's Lady" we return to 15th century England where "Tyburn" left off. Lady Jane Ramsey's reputation is in shambles after she was kidnapped. Almost all of her "respectable suitors" have ceased associations with her family. After all no one wants a ruined wife... and if they knew she willingly gave herself to a footpad like a common whore, oh the
Tracy DeNeal
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess that's what I get for reading these books out of order. I first met Mark and Jane in "Broken Things" where I didn't quite understand Meg's relationship to them and her utter disdain, aside from her skewed perception, that is. Now I get it!

I loved this book. Jessica Cale writes "Jane" with such pluck and determination. I perceived Jane as ornamental in "Broken Things" and my perception of her was much the same in Book 1. In "Virtue's Lady" the tables were turned, flipped and shattered.

Eve Dangerfield
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn, I didn't think Jessica Cale could improve on her first novel and then she went and did it. We return to Southwark where Jane, a rebel runaway is learning to live on her own terms, becoming a seamstress, drinking booze, befriending bisexuals and of course, trying to convince the beautiful Mark Virtue that just because he took hers (virtue, I mean read the book and you'll get what I'm saying) doesn't mean they shouldn't be together. This book had so many layers of deliciousness. Carys, the d ...more
John Jenkins
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Cale's return to Restoration London, a fistfighting fallen angel overcomes paternalism, jealous exes, conpersons, dirty linen, and being committed, not just to win the cheeky fella of her dreams but also to prove to herself and the doubters that she can. Gritty, funny, fraught with perils, ultimately satisfying. What more do you want? ...more
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Great 2nd book by Jessica Cale.

I really enjoyed the second book by Jessica Cale. Looking forward to book three of the Southwark Saga. So glad my daughter Brandi told me about you. Highly recommend!!
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderful book, full of proper and realistic history, about the poorer area of Restoration London, Southwark. So refreshing to read about a different mileu in an HR.

What a fantastic heroine Jane is, Lady Jane Ramsay, has already given away her heart to Mark Virtue, half brother to the Earl of Sommerton, and common Carpenter. Mark, former highwayman and inmate of the frankly terrible Newgate, can’t stop dreaming of Lady Jane, while being convinced she is not for the likes of him. As far as
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It got me even more interested in Southwark and the residents. I loved that this one was mostly fun and we got to see more of Jane. I grew to like her by the end of the first book which I'm guessing was the point. I'm definitely going to keep reading this series. Thanks twitter! ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this as much as the first one, but it was still good. ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Well written and I enjoyed the first one in the series. I just wasn't in the mood for something with the grittier elements this has. I may come back to it. I give all my DNF's 1 star. ...more
Blue Falcon
Feb 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is of “Virtue’s Lady” by Jessica Cale, the second book I am reading and reviewing for the Carolyn Awards.

The Story: The first person we meet is the heroine of the book, Lady Jane Ramsey. Lady Jane has recently been the victim of a kidnapping, but is now back with her family. She is not, however, the same person she was before her kidnapping; Lady Jane is no longer chaste. The man who Jane had sexual relations with is the hero of the book, Mark Virtue, a carpenter she had sex with to
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF chapter 21.

Skip and skim throughout the book, there is nothing wrong with it, it is actually quite well written. It's just that Historical romance isn't really my cup of tea.

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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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