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395 pages, Hardcover
First published November 3, 2016
“Women have no money in their own right and many are subjected to the tyranny and cruelty of neglectful fathers and husbands. If a woman leaves this so-called protection, she finds the road to virtue closed to her by poverty and necessity. Her body is the only currency she possesses.”I ended up enjoying this book a great deal. I found it engaging, erotic, romantic, suspenseful, mysterious, and mystical...and it all worked! The only distraction noted during my personal reading experience was that the [maybe historically accurate] vocabulary caused me to borderline eye-roll during the descriptions of the sex scenes, ie: purses, mounds, and maypoles. But the quality of the scenes themselves were spot on: lots of internal emotion and complexity. Also, the author incorporated some f/f teaching/experimentation that was lovely because of its kindness and innocence. Above all, I loved the magical realism element. In a time when anything magic related was feared and punished, these characters embraced it and strived to perfect it. Overall, a great read for those who enjoy historical erotica. Check it out!