The Gilded Lily by Deborah Swift
A Novel

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For me, The Gilded Lily wasn’t a bad book; it was just kind of blah. “Blah” is a description that feels like it calls out for a “C” grade, but because the writing (and mostly, the plotting) were competent, and the book mainly fell down on characterization, C+ feels like a fair grade to me.
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With intriguing characters, an action-packed plot, and history brought to life, this book is a must read. Night Owl Reviews
A spellbinding historical novel of beauty and greed and surprising redemption.
 
England, 1660. Ella Appleby believes she is destined for better things than slaving as a housemaid and dodging the blows of her drunken father. When her employer dies suddenly, she seizes her chance--taking his valuables and fleeing the countryside with her sister for the golden prospects of London. 
But London may not be the promised land she expects.  Work is hard to find, until Ella takes up with a dashing and dubious gentleman with ties to the London underworld. Meanwhile, her old employer's twin brother is in hot pursuit of the sisters.

Set in a London of atmospheric coffee houses, gilded mansions, and shady pawnshops hidden from rich men's view, Deborah Swift's The Gilded Lily is a dazzling novel of historical adventure. 


'a fast-paced adventure peopled with ruthless villains and feisty heroines whose exploits grab the imagination and add suspense and excitement to a historical gem' 
Lancashire Evening Post
Take a journey into Restoration London today!
 

About Deborah Swift

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DEBORAH SWIFT, a former set and costume designer for the BBC, lives in Windermere, England. Her debut novel, The Lady’s Slipper, was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Novelists in 2007.
 
Published November 27, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 479 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jennie on Mar 07 2013

For me, The Gilded Lily wasn’t a bad book; it was just kind of blah. “Blah” is a description that feels like it calls out for a “C” grade, but because the writing (and mostly, the plotting) were competent, and the book mainly fell down on characterization, C+ feels like a fair grade to me.

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