ARC kindly provided by author Robert Thier in exchange for an honest review.
I am so glad the author sent me a copy of this book because it isn’t something I would usually pick up – and that would’ve been a shame!
Did anyone else get a Fifty Shades of Grey vibe from the cover?
Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much! But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty.
Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever… Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!
Even though it took me a while to get into this book, I ended up really liking the main character Lilly and found her to be full of life and very determined in her quest – which was nice and refreshing for a historical fiction YA book. It was great to see Lilly, a staunch feminist who disguises herself as a man and essentially causes a riot, be paralleled with Rikkard, a known chauvinist. There are so many brilliant supporting characters who both help and hinder Lilly on her journey for equal rights for women and Thier’s incredible writing keeps you hooked from start to end.
The only reason I didn’t give this a higher rating is because I did find Lilly to be a little much at times – and her naivety did get to me. However, I will be reading anything Their puts out going forward.
With funny, heartwarming, infuriating and hallelujah moments scattered throughout, Silence and Storm is the kind of historical fiction you want to pop on your shelf.
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