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An Almond for a Parrot

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,390 ratings  ·  236 reviews
I would like to make myself the heroine of this story and my character to be noble - an innocent victim led astray. But alas sir, I would be lying...Tully Truegood: Orphan, Magician's apprentice, Whore. In prison, accused of murder, Tully begins to write her life story. A story that takes her from a young daughter-skivvy in the back streets of 18th Century London to her ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Mira Books (first published November 3rd 2016)
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Emily I don't believe we ever did. Captain Truegood, when he told Tully, announced that Tully was already 'aboard' when her mother met him.…moreI don't believe we ever did. Captain Truegood, when he told Tully, announced that Tully was already 'aboard' when her mother met him. (less)
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Amalia Gavea
‘’Alas, we players are unaware that the curtain goes up the minute we take our first gulps of air; the screams of rage our only hopeless comments on being born onto such a barren stage.’

This novel was a severe case of ‘I fell in love with the cover and I regret nothing.’ Instant love. When I read the blurb, I thought this was a great opportunity to renew my relationship with Historical Fiction works set in the 18th century, an era when seduction, decadence, and the joie-de-vivre- way of life
An Almond for a Parrot is an interesting mix of erotic romance, historical fiction, and magical realism set in 18th century London. This novel opens in the story's present-day with our narrator/heroine in prison for murder. She takes readers back to the beginning, where everything began...when she was married off at the age of 12. Don't worry, you won't be reading anything sexual at this age, but as with many women of that time who sought both survival and independence, her sexual awakening ...more
“The gods made our bodies as well as our souls, is it not so? They give us voices, so we might worship them with song. They give us hands, so we might build them temples. And they give us desire, so we might mate and worship them in that way.”

----George R.R. Martin

Wray Delaney, pen name for Sally Gardner, an award-winning British children's author, has penned an intriguing and a very sizzling historical fiction called, An Almond for a Parrot that revolves around a young woman in London locked
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1756, London in Newgate prison, Tully Truegood is awaiting trial for the alleged shooting of her husband. How she got to be in the position is an exuberant and titillating story of despair leading to debauchery, magic, and murder. Tully faces a world full of misogyny and hypocrisy as her father puts her through misery as a child and then at the age of 12 is married off to clear a debt.

Tully's change from being the daughter of a drunken gambler to one of living a life of indulgence as a
H.A. Leuschel
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sexy, fun, magical - in one word: entertaining!
Annie ⚜️
Well, that was weird. It reminded me a bit of Crimson Petal and the White. Just a bit. Which, I admit, I kinda hated.

The magic and ghosts stuff? Um, cool but weird. The resolution? Um, WHAT? I can't even. The sex, meh, I was expecting to be titulated but a lot was sad and gross. Definitely, trigger warnings here. The stuff that happened to those four girls was horrific.
4.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

It’s 1756 and Tully Truegood is languishing in prison, accused of murder. In Tully’s own words, she writes down her story so those reading can understand her actions. From ignored daughter to famed and beloved courtesan, the reader follows Tully through the high and lows of your young life until eventually arriving to how she ended up behind bars.

This is an absolute fantastic book that had me hooked
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
DNF at 24% (Audiobook via BookBeat UK!)

Well, this was a huge shame. I was expecting a creepy historical thrillery mystery, with a hint of a romance and hearing from the POV of Tully. Tully is serving time in Newgate Prison and is on the list of potentially being hanged due to a murder charge. The background of her life was harsh, scary and ultimately tragic. This looked like the makings of a fantastic read... but around 12% in, the content became very adult and erotic. In fact, far too erotic
May 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Having read the premise of this book in the library, I was expecting some kind of historical crime mystery. What I got was part crime mystery, part fantasy, part erotic novel and part family saga. It seemed as if the author wasn't entirely sure which genre to follow, and so it became a bit of a muddle. The different genres never really blended together, it was either one thing or another, so while we were trying to work out her past the crime got forgotten, while we were 'entertaining' her past ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pure erotic historical fiction goodness. A touch of magic as well!
Karen Mace
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks, arc
Lucky enough to be sent a copy of this from the publishers, Harper Collins, in return for a fair and honest review.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book!! Set around 1756, it starts in Newgate prison as we meet Tully Truegood who is awaiting trial for murder. So she sets out to tell us her story - and what a story it is!!

This isn't a light and fluffy book! It features some very graphic sexual scenes, but not over the top as Tully starts her journey from her very grim background, with a
Angie Rhodes
Sep 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Tully Truegood is an orphan, and a whore, she also sees ghosts, works with an ageing Magician and is soon the talk of the town.
I found this hard to read, for the simple reason, it tried to be too many things, and it was all jumbled up. Some readers will love it, I personally would not have picked it to buy,
Renita D'Silva
Absolutely brilliant
Nicki Markus
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-historical
An Almond for a Parrot is an interesting book that blends magical realism into a tale along the lines of Fanny Hill. The story entertained me from start to finish and I was keen to see how Tully's journey would end. I did find some of the sexual euphemisms a little too flowery language-wise for my taste; its purple prose dragged me out of the story several times. Also, the ending, when it came, felt a tad rushed compared to the earlier pacing. However, regardless of these minor gripes, it was ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting departure for Sally Gardner in this raunchy, magical, Georgian set novel with a lingering mystery at its heart. Incredible writing, an unforgettable character evolution in the lead, Tully, and an ending so bittersweet it's hard to know what to think.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I love a good historical smut book, but I couldn't handle all the talk of body parts being root vegetables. I was giggling and rolling my eyes, which probably wasn't what was supposed to happen.

And, ewww, child prostitution.
Maja Ingrid
This book was a straight up bought-it-because-the-cover. Also the historic crime murder mystery part intrigued me as well, as I've noticed I kinda like that type of genre.

Had I know more what the book was about. I would not have read it at all. I didn't think a lot about the back saying Tully was a whore and courtesan. I should have. There was little about the murder-mystery and the stuff of what led up to the murder. It was however lots of sex. I was bored.

Also, there's rape in the book, and
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my type of book.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this an interesting read. Part Crimson Petal and part Night Circus, this took me on a journey that I sometimes found a bit anxious and I had to put down. But I always had to pick back up again as I HAD to know what happened next.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, I do think this book does have a lot of flaws - such as like some characters having more development than others, lots of underdeveloped plot lines, introducing a character and developing them and their relationship to the main character; only to barely write about them later in the book, and an ending that felt too neat to belong to this novel.

I note I did really enjoy this book, especially the writing in this book, the atmosphere, as Sally Gardner/Wray Delaney's books kind of pale in
This is the jail cell story of an 18th C woman's brief, strange life. As a girl, motherless Tully Truegood thought she could fly and see ghosts. Her father first turned her into his maid and then married her off at the tender age of 12. The rest of what I endured just seemed to be a chronicle of her sexploitation at the hands of adults. There's not much more to this story than that; not my cuppa.
Crimson Petal & the White meets Tipping the Velvet with a dash of magic to spice the mix. 3.5 stars of enjoyable reading.
Benjamin Thomas
The novel opens in the year 1756 with the heroine of the story, Tully Truegood, locked up in Newgate prison, awaiting trial for murder. I don’t use that word “heroine” lightly but even though Tully herself denies it, I disagree and think the term is appropriate. The story is told in the form of a first person written account of what led her to be incarcerated at Newgate, but just whose murder she is accused of remains a mystery for most of the novel.

To be honest, I didn’t expect to like this
Tracy Rowan
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers, historical fans
Recommended to Tracy by: advance reader's copy
I began this with a certain amount of uncertainty because I had the sense that it was a Moll Flanders knock-off. And certainly there are echoes of Moll's story in this piqaresque novel/romance of Tully Truegood, but the tale here is warmer and much more appealing to the contemporary reader than Defoe's novel. Tully is warmer, certainly than the eponymous Moll, and while she loses her innocence and becomes a worldly woman in the course of the novel, she never becomes hardened to life.

Briefly, An
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the publishers in return for an honest review.
This is the story of Tully Truegood a young girl who has the power to see and make others see spirits, which she uses to great effect during this book. During her life she is a drudge for her drunk and violent father, she is a loved step daughter, and a whore of great repute.
I really enjoyed this historical novel by Wray Delaney, her first adult novel so far, and i hope not her last. The only reason i knocked off one star
Kristen McDermott
A formulaic romance, but a well-told one that finds a clever balance between the supernatural and the historical. The eroticism is handled with taste and emotion, and the main character is predictably but believably plucky. Pleasant, escapist fare.
Les Romantiques
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This novel takes place in the eighteenth century, in London. The story begins while Tully Truegood, the heroine, is in jail for murder, but she hasn’t been judged yet. She decides to tell us, readers and another character, about her life and why she is here.
It’s not part of a series.
I didn’t know this author and I was absolutely delighted to discover her and her story was definitely fascinating! I was
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-set-in-uk
Novel set in 18th Century LONDON (a titillating read)

This is the first adult novel to be penned by the acclaimed children’s writer, Sally Gardner and I, for one, fervently hope that it’s not her last. Think a captivating blend of Fanny Hill and the best of Sarah Waters. Delaney’s novel takes the reader to 18th century London and brings to life the rat-infested overcrowded prisons and hovels of the poor as vividly as she does the bejewelled and glittering upper class brothels or the stately
Alyssia Cooke
If you pick this up anticipating a murder mystery or a thriller then you may well be disappointed. I was certainly surprised; this was not the book I thought it was going to be by a long way. It is undoubtedly erotica at multiple points, although the descriptions are delicately handled by and large. Most of all it is the story of a life and from the moment you first meet the murder victim, you can’t help but think he deserved everything he got.

Tully is a girl who can do the impossible; she can
This was such a fun read! Basically this is what would happen if Tipping the Velvet and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock had a love-child; a sexy romp through a specific historical period (in this case the 18th century) with a dash of magic.
Wray Delaney (the nom de plume of Sally Gardner, who is mostly known for her YA and children's novels) has spun a magical tale that turns into a great page-turner the deeper you go. I also have to admire her for reworking the conventions of the 18th century erotic
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