Jenny Brown 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Captain Miles Trevelyan is home from battle in India, and he wants nothing more than to be back in the field. He is with a friend in a rough part of town when his pocket is picked. He's angry but wants to ensure that the pickpocket does not get hurt when she is caught robbing someone else.
Temperance Smith used to have a privileged life but gave it all up to follow her beloved to London, eventually embracing his radical agenda. She became a pickpocket to support his cause, but then he died, leaving her and the rest of their band fighting to survive. Now she dreams of going to America and the shining liberty it represents. She resists being reformed, but maybe Trev can be her ticket to the life of her dreams.
This is Jenny Brown's second novel, but her exquisite characterization and unique sense of drama sparkles as brightly as that of a seasoned veteran. Astrology does not play quite as integral a role in this tale as in the first book of the series, and readers who don't know their ascendant from their moon sign will still enjoy this vividly emotional tale. Were it not for an over‑the‑top sequence of events that took this reader out of the tale, this would be an undoubted five‑star read.
Heather Nordahl Files