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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable rags to riches tale, 2 Feb 2010
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Surrender to the Devil (Mass Market Paperback)
I've read several of Lorraine Heath's books following a group of former pickpockets who find themselves in various ways amongst the aristocracy of Victorian London. 'Surrender to the Devil' was perhaps the one I have enjoyed the most with hero and heroine both interesting and appealing characters.

Frannie Darling has made a life for herself working as a book-keeper whilst also running an orphanage. Her brothers-in-crime from her youth take care of her and are consequently concerned when the new Duke of Greystone expresses interest in her. Not as a wife, of course - she's a commoner - but as a mistress.

Frannie finds herself unexpectedly tempted by the duke's offer. As she gets to know him better she discovers that he isn't the selfish wastrel she might have thought, but he cares for the orphans that she has rescued - and for her. But the duke has a secret and he knows there's no future for them together - but does Frannie know that, and can she live without him?

This book includes the darker parts of London that are often glossed over in books about the aristocracy - we learn of the life of child pickpockets, of women forced into prostitution and of murders unsolved. However the overall tenor of this book is positive and bright, that Frannie and others can make a difference, and the central love story is entirely believable and encouraging. This was a book to enjoy and the future happiness of the central characters was convincing.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frannie's story, 15 July 2009
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This is Fannie's Story & Sterling (who is Catherine's older brother).
She is simply a strong and optimistic heroine. She was raped at the age 12 and has felt no desire for any man until she meets Duke of Greystone (Sterling). She is fasinated by him and knows that he will never marry her. He is captivated by her and wants her more than anything before he settles. Everyone is trying to protect her and warns him off including his sister. The interaction between them is super. If you have read the other 2 books in this series than you must read this however all 3 books stand apart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 23 Nov 2014
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I loved the relationship between Frannie and the lads and the book was well written but the epilogue had me in tears.
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Surrender to the Devil by Lorraine Heath (Mass Market Paperback - 1 July 2009)
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