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Very entertaining read about Byron's daughter,
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Alice Clarke is married to a man who is determined to make his mark on the newly expanding building trade of Victorian London. Unfortunately he wants to do it as quickly and cheaply as possible. Living in his poorly built street, with the newly discovered but dangerous gas lighting, Alice is consigned to a life of smog, damp, and desperation. This is made worse by the fact that her husband has never loved her, but was instead pressed into a marriage of convenience by his Aunt. No wonder then, that Alice, finding she might be Allegra - the daughter of the romantic poet Byron, seeks to find the truth of her parentage and escape to a more exciting and adventurous life, as represented by the handsome sea captain John Osborne.
The novel has plenty of twists and turns - including a murder, a kidnapping, a mysterious stranger, a passionate romance, and an unexpected ending which I did not see coming.
This novel will appeal to fans of Byron and the romantic poets, and anyone interested in Victoriana and the beginnings of the industrial revolution in England. Real life characters include Ada Lovelace and Claire Clairmont. The historical settting is well-researched and feels believable and Anna Lisle does a good job of blending known facts with fiction. For less than the price of a decent pot of coffee, you can't do much better than this.