Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!
But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…
Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!
My Review —
Firstly, I will share a news, I started my work [writer in a financial firm] the same day Lilly started her work. I had to postpone reading this book now and then, but on the 14th Feb, I finally completed the story.
My take on the story —
What a story it was, a fierce heroine and a brooding Hero slowing getting to know each other. Lilly is a independent girl with huge aims and difficult family. All she wants is suffrage for both Men and Women, of course, most Men won’t allow that. According to them, a lady works in the house and the man brings bread.
A ludicrous saying, if you ask me.
Well, Our Hero, Sir Rikkard Ambrose supports and agrees with the thinking. Well, he hasn’t met Lilly. Lilly comes in his life as a lad, yep, you read right.
But this story is not like “She’s the man” as Ambrose knows Lilly’s real identity.
The story starts with lilly dressed as a man going to vote, she finds Ambrose and his employee, Karim on the way. She helps him with some business and he offers her (in a boy’s disguise) a job. She refuses and moves on towards her goal. What she doesn’t know how to act like a gentleman though, she by mistake, curtsies in front of a man in place of shaking his hand or bowing.
That leads to a chaotic rush to seize the girl and put her behind the bars. Ambrose finds her in such situation and does nothing which angers her to no certain end. She tells him that she has accepted the offer of working as his employee and walk off.
The next day, Lilly goes to the office only to be insulted and rejected but she is not like other women from the 19th century, she insults him back. At last, lost of all other options, Ambrose accepts her as an employee but also asks her to dress as a man.
They fight and make up, insult and make up, fight again…. And this cycle continues throughout the story. This book was a fun fun read, a little romantic and very interesting. How Ambrose starts accepting Lilly in the story is truly exciting and intriguing. I like Ambrose but I loved Lilly. She was what I would call a ‘Fireball’
Her friends especially Patsy made me laugh and kept me hooked to the story. This story ends in a cliffhanger so what will come next is yet to be seen (read)
‘Storm and Silence’ is also the Watty awards winner and Robert Thier has a massive fan list which I got to know after completing the book and reading ‘About The Author’