This historical, set at the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, was totally gripping. Liberty Lane, the protagonist of the novel, is everything you could wish for. Independent-minded, well-educated, but still a product of her times. When she is offered boys’ clothes to wear, she stares at them in horror .
The story begins with Libby receiving a letter informing her her father has been killed in Calais, shot in a duel. She knows this must be a lie, and completely disregards the letter’s command that she stay in England. She takes the next ship to Calais, numb with shock. Because unknown to the letter-writer, her father would never, ever have taken part in a duel. Ever.
The plot twists and turns as Libby tries to discover the truth, as well as hide from men who seem out to snatch her. What she stumbles on is truly beyond her wildest dreams, and she finds herself with shadowy allies, who send her in as a governess to spy on the man who may ultimately have been responsible for her father’s murder.
The end is as gripping and explosive as one could wish, and I look forward to reading the next novel in the Liberty Lane series.