Bloomsbury USA, October 2010
About the Book
In 1794 England, the beautiful Sovay dons a man’s cloak and holds up stagecoaches in broad daylight. Posing as a highway robber began as a lark to test a suitor’s devotion. But when she lifts the wallet of one of England’s most dangerous men, Sovay begins to unravel a web of deceit and duplicity. Acclaimed author Celia Rees’ talent for romance and intrigue are sure to thrill a paperback audience.
I liked this one a lot. It is about a female highwayman. She didn’t begin her life of crime out of need or even for thrills. No, her first armed robbery was solely for revenge. Sovay is a young woman engaged to be married. When she learns that her fiancé has cheated on her, she begins plotting her revenge. But what she doesn’t know is how trivial this will all seem within a few days.
Sovay is an adventurous, strong, intelligent heroine. Her family—her father and brother especially—will soon be threatened; their lives at danger if they’re found. For Sovay learns that her family is about to be charged with treason—among other charges. They stand accused of having the wrong views on the French Revolution, of being symphatetic with the uprisers in France. The charges aren’t exactly true—they support the philosophies not the murderous actions of the people—but true or not there are people who will stop at nothing to destroy her family.
I won’t go into much detail. The story was delightful. Most of the reviews of this one that I’ve come across have found it disappointing in one way or another. The readers have read other books they feel are better or more worthwhile. I haven’t had that much experience with this time period and this subject, so I didn’t find it disappointing. I didn’t find it unoriginal or uninspired. I found it entertaining and well paced. I enjoyed every minute I spent with Sovay.
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