Julie expects she will end up dangling on Tyburn gallows, hanged as a thief.
Ned expects he will die on the battlefields of the Peninsula, hanged as a spy.
But then Julie takes on the trappings of a lady, and Ned unexpectedly becomes an earl, both players in a deadly game that will take them from the height of London society to the depths of the Regency underworld -- a game in which not only necks are risked, but hearts as well.
|Publisher:||Vintage Ink Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)|
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Tyburn Waltz is the latest in a long list of titles by Maggie MacKeever. I haven't read any of her others, but I definitely will. This novel is a regency, but this time with more than the usual fine manners and courtship battles of the ton. Julie, the heroine, comes from the seamy areas of London where life is cheap and brutal. Through believable turns of events, she is plucked from Tyburn prison where she faces the "waltz" at the end of a rope. She is taught the manners of a fine lady, for nefarious purposes of course, thus paving her way into the world of Mayfair. Underneath the fine manners, though, remains a fierce will and a fine intelligence. Her hero, Ned, is interesting for not being the usual stuffy noble in need of rescue from his own starched existence. Together, they face a first class criminal mind up to no good. There is a twist at the end which of course I won't reveal here but which you'll see coming anyway. Never mind that it is along the lines of laughable coincidences found in many romance novels, MacKeever carries it off well. I didn't mind because the book is a very good read with good characterization, a glimpse of historical seedy London, and lots of fun.
THE TYBURN WALTZ by Maggie MacKeever is a historical romance set in 1810 London. It is well written with details, depth, twists and turns.It has romance, suspense, intrigue, deceit, danger, humor, passion, love, spies, secrets, from high society London to the deadly underworld of London, and family. The characters are engaging, challenging, with some humor and wit. Julie, young, beautiful, a thief, falsely imprisoned, made to do things to survive, tough, strong, smart and an impressive young street urchin. Ned, an earl, ex-spy, handsome, caring for his young sister, strong, comes home to find Julie tied up by his sister as a housebreaker, is intrigued by her and determined to save her. They soon find they are drawn to each other. The truth will finally come to light about Julia's true birth. This is a fast paced story of intrigue, deception and years of lies. This book was received for the author for review and details can be find at Vintage Ink Press and My Book Addiction and More.