Caught between a new love and an old need for revenge, notorious harlot Sally Green fights for survival in Restoration London. A sinister nobleman, a tutor with a secret, danger around every corner, and unbridled passion … Jessica Cale is pleased to present Tyburn, Book 1 of her new historical romance series, The Southwark Saga.
Tyburn is one of the best historical romances I have EVER read. I was not familiar with the works of Jessica Cale before this, but I am so happy to have discovered her.
There is so much to this book, I can't give it all away. I won't go into the plot....you can read the other reviews for that, but please believe me when I say that this author is incredibly talented and you will adore this book.
Jessica Cale’s main characters are multi-faceted. None of them is only black or white. They are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. I think you will FEEL the characters and that's what makes her books special.
Celestine Remi aka Sally aka the Green Devil is a woman who, according to Wrath, her pimp, “. . . has a cruel heart and a quiet tongue.” What made her like that and who is she in fact? A baker’s apprentice, a whore, a woman in love? “All she had wanted growing up was a quiet life, a home of her own, and a kitchen, of course." What life offered her. . . it’s another story.
Nicodemus aka Nick Virtue, tutor and highway man. An odd combination of occupations. What urges him to act like that? Reading this story full of twists and turns will reveal the reason.
Many secondary characters – Benedict/Bettie, Jane, Wrath, Mark and others are as well developed as the main ones I listed above. They all are woven in an intricate fresco of Restoration England. The author has a gift with words, creating vivid images of a London infested by “rodents” of various kinds –two and four legged. She displays a keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of London society after the Great Fire.
Just read Tyburn and you won't be disappointed. I can count on one hand, the number of times I was this heavily invested in the characters of a book. All I can say is WOW!