The Gilded Lily Paperback – 13 Sep 2012
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"There is no greater compliment than 'Give me more!' A delight." --Susanna Gregory
"Ms Swift's prose is compelling, her characters convincing" --Westmorland Gazette
"The Gilded Lily is impeccably written historical fiction. The detail is superb and life in London is so vividly depicted that the city seems to take on its own persona and become a lurking character in the story." --Let Them Read Books
"Where the author excels is in making the reader care for the two girls... I thoroughly enjoyed this tale that explored the darker side of Restoration London." --Historical Tapestry
"The intense evocation of the period never falters" --Gabrielle Kimm
"A heart-rending story of two sisters on the run, searching for a better life. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, the novel drew me straight into the teeming streets of Restoration London. An addictive, page-turning read." --Mary Sharratt
"The Gilded Lily had me hooked from the first chapter even the first page... I loved it." --Peeking Between the Pages
"The plot is gripping with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers interested. The characters are beautifully developed and three-dimensional. Each character has their own struggles to overcome as circumstances force them to do things and change in ways they would never have dreamed of...I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Deborah Swift's next."
--History and Women
"Superb dialogue, steeped in contemporary language, adds credibility and atmosphere to this compelling tale which examines the ties that bind together siblings, the consequences of greed and ambition, the fickleness of fate and women's constant battle to survive in a man's world. The Gilded Lily is also a fast-paced adventure peopled with ruthless villains and feisty heroines whose exploits grab the imagination and add suspense and excitement to a historical gem." --Lancashire Evening Post
"Deborah Swift's captivating writing makes you feel as if you're in Restoration London alongside the two lead characters of this excellent historical novel. Highly recommended." --The Bookbag
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The Gilded Lily is a Restoration period drama about two sisters who run away from rural Westmorland to London after the elder one, Ella, robs the house in which she was in service. There is also doubt cast about her part in two deaths. It's about survival in the frightening, dark, murky alleys and squalid lodgings down by the Thames, and the steps Ella and Sadie take not to be discovered for their crimes. The novel is extremely well researched, so real. The domestic detail is fascinating, and the author describes so well the bleakness of the girls' lives.
It's hard to say why you find a novel unputdownable, but I've just spent about 4 hours curled up with the second half, and there was no way I was not going to finish it today! Ms Swift is a marvellous storyteller and I look forward to reading more of her books. Highly, highly recommended to all lovers of historical fiction; I didn't know much about this particular period but it's made me want to know more. You'll probably like it even if you think historical fiction is not your thing; it's just a great story, fabulously well told - a well deserved five stars!
Thanks to a fortuitous meeting with a rich young playboy, Ella lands a role in another growing new industry - the selling of beautifying lotions and potions to idle society ladies - in a shop called The Gilded Lily. However, Sadie finds survival less easy thanks to the port-wine birthmark which covers half her face and makes her an easy target for bounty hunters and busybodies eager to claim the reward offered for the capture of "The Savage Sisters".
The sights and smells (particularly the smells!) of Restoration London are vividly described and the sisters' exploits make for a fast-paced and exciting tale, rich in atmosphere and adventure. Ella is a bold and feisty young woman, making up for what she lacks in talent and experience with a good dose of charm and naked ambition. Sadie is her polar opposite - bright but timid and sensitive. Although the main characters are fictional, the author has included enough actual events and cameos from real people of the time to give the story atmosphere and authenticity.
The storyline could lead to comparisons with Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue or Scapegallows by Carol Birch - I'd say it's a lighter read than those two, but no less enjoyable, and in terms of period detail I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Apothecary's Daughter by Charlotte Webb or The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell.Read more ›
Deborah Swift knows the seventeenth century and the snowbound London of The Gilded Lily will stay with me.
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I really want to like this book, but it just didn't deliver what it promised. A pretty cover does not make for a brilliant novel. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SugarGlass
I enjoyed The Lady's Slipper but this was even better. A page-turner with fantastic characters and perfect period detail. A must read.Published 23 months ago by Laura P
Good characterisation, such that you care about what fate awaits the sisters - and so a real page turner. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Katy
A little slow to start with then picked up with pace to the point I was imagining all sorts of things way before it happened and I had got it wrong. Enjoyable read. Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2014 by Margaret jarvis
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a cracking good read couldn't put it down, exciting from beginning to end the author really brought the characters to life.Published on 19 Jan. 2014 by wendy
Prompt delivery. n excellent book-well-written and full of detail. Good characterisations and historically accurate. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by Eiles
This book had me enthralled from the first to last page. I had read the first book from this author, The Lady's Slipper and really enjoyed it , but I found this book much more... Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by Scotty