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Broken Things (The Southwark Saga, #4) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Jessica Cale brings 17th century Southwark to life like no other author I know. Equal parts historical fiction and historical romance, Broken Things follows the love story of a tough as nails Englishwoman and a solitary, Jewish prizefighter as they survive discrimination, poverty, thievery, and greed in 1678 Southwark, London. Meg Henshawe, our heroine, is an Innkeeper with a string of past lovers who is responsible for single-handedly running an Inn while keeping her sisters and their collective brood of illegitimate children from being tossed out into the street by an unfeeling, yet greedy, distant relation. Jake Cohen, our hero, is a Jewish man who lost his entire family, his fiancée, and his livelihood, goldsmithing, in the Great Fire of London. He has since endured, surviving by his wits and through his skill as an undefeated prizefighter. Forced into an early retirement and on the hunt for a means to survive, Jake's path crosses Meg's where they find commonality in the very, real hardships they've endured. In survival, they find companionship and love as they struggle to live in an unforgiving world. Their lives aren't easy; their pasts are full of heartache; and discrimination abounds. But together, they learn just how strong they both truly are. Jessica Cale paints a vivid picture of life in 17th century Southwark. Her dialogue is colorful, witty, and well-crafted with careful consideration for the way people spoke in that time period while still giving the reader an easy, comforting read. You will feel as if you are there, watching it all unfold before your eyes. You will be surprised by the situations our couple face. You will find yourself rooting for Meg and falling in love with Jake as their love develops through a carefully crafted, slow burn. You will cheer when our lovers find their HEA amidst all the broken things that make up their colorful lives.