Sunday, 16 April 2017

Review: No Place For A Lady by Gill Paul

Title: No Place For A Lady
Author: Gill Paul
Publisher: Avon Books
Pages: 400
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance

The year is 1854, and Britain is in the grip of a gruesome war. Dorothea Gray has not seen her little sister Lucy since she eloped with the handsome Captain Charlie Harvington and set sail for the Crimea. Now, as the war worsens and the battlefields darken with blood, Dorothea must risk everything to find her sister and join Florence Nightingale in the Crimean hospitals, nursing the injured soldiers back to health. But the young Lucy is fighting her own battles, and not everyone wants to be found.

Against the backdrop of one of history’s most heartbreaking wars, can these two sisters find their way back to each other? Or will tragedy intervene?
I have had this book for ages, I picked it up as part of a really cheap multibuy deal and it's been sitting on my shelf gathering dust ever since... until now.

No Place for a Lady was exactly what I needed, a super easy and enjoyable historical fiction focusing on the Crimean war of 1854-55, of which I knew nothing about. The story is about two sisters who are thirteen years apart. Dorothea is the elder, never married and very sensible, whilst Lucy is fickle and passionate. It switches between their perspectives and I enjoyed reading it for the most part.

I really liked the writing style, it was really easy to fly through and the plot was sufficiently fast paced enough to keep my interest all the way through. Some of Lucy's plot was really unbelievable and although I rolled my eyes on occasion it was still quite entertaining. The ending was a bit strange but I  liked how it wasn't happily ever after.

It's not one of the best historical fiction novels that I have ever read but I appreciated learning my more about the Crimean war and the historical note at the end was very informative. Would I recommend it? Not to anyone who is looking for high quality historical fiction. It is however a fast paced and easy read with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, but I found it to be a distinctly average read.

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