Sandra Byrd’s upcoming novel, A Lady in Disguise, explores the darker side of Victorian London. When Gillian Young’s policeman father dies in suspicious and incriminating circumstances, she sets out to investigate the true facts of the matter. Helped along the way by the charming Viscount Lockwood, Gillian uncovers a trail of secret letters, mysterious money, and turncoat friends, bringing her to the realization that although the truth is there, sometimes it is hiding in disguise.
Byrd’s strength, as usual, lies in building a compelling plot that examines real historical issues but also makes the reader think about how similar situations play out in our own modern-day world. The romance and mystery of the story is interwoven with questions about a woman’s place in the workforce, underage sex trafficking, and the role of charity and mission work . It also explores the exciting worlds of theater and dressmaking, making this reader more than a little jealous of the ladies who benefit from Gillian’s skills as a seamstress. Although (or is it, because?) the tone of A Lady in Disguise is a little darker, the subject matter a little weightier, than the two preceding novels, it is a strong conclusion to the Daughters of Hampshire series and a novel I would heartily recommend to lovers of romantic suspense.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the publisher for a pre-publication review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.
This book will release in March 2017.