Linda Holeman ~ The Linnet Bird
Back Blurb :
India, 1839: Linny Gow, a respectable young wife and mother, settles down to write her life story. To outside appearances, Linny is the perfect British wife: beautiful, gracious, subservient. But appearances can be very deceptive…
Born into direst poverty in Liverpool, Linny escapes the life of prostitution her stepfather has forced her into and flees to India, where the British Raj is in its infancy. There she will find heartache and suffering, but also an understanding of what love can mean and — perhaps most precious of all — freedom.
But how did Linny achieve all this? And what has she sacrificed along the way? Most importantly, is this the end of Linny’s journey, or is her story not yet over?
My View :
I first read this year ago, in fact, it was a book that cemented my love for Historical Romance and it is a scorcher. It’s not your usual Romance especially with the lead character being a prostitute but because of what Linny has to go through while trying to survive day-to-day really make’s root for her the more. She is a courageous young woman who; from no fault of her own has to do everything within her power just to stay alive even though that doe’s mean walking the lonely dark streets of Liverpool.
I have to admit that this is the only Linda Holeman novel I have read mainly because I haven’t been able to get my hand’s on it anymore. Yet! but she is an engaging, imaginative and highly entertaining writer and I really like her style, in this one in particular she stays away from the well-trodden ground of Aristocratic Regency novels and instead take’s us along the darker and murkier streets of the period and I do like that. We get to meet some very compelling characters and not to mention the very sinister ones which there are in abundance, but that is what make’s her work so highly enjoyable.
I guarantee that anyone who likes me and has a love for Historical Romance then they will love this one, it is different but all the ingredients of a glorious romantic romp are there, Holeman takes us along a journey that is filled with everything from romance to suspense and it is a wonderful ride. This is one of those rare books that you can read and re-read again and again and you’ll never get bored, I have re-read it more times than I can count and love it!