I am a Halloween baby, and tomorrow I will celebrate my 56th birthday. For those who may have missed the last gift I gave of this ebook, I am giving it away again.
Ripper, My Love is free for 48 hours, tell your friends, and grab a copy for Halloween!
And who is the man terrifying the streets of East London?
Praise for Ripper, My Love:
Ingenious, with many a surprise, August 25, 2012
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Ripper, My Love (Kindle Edition)
RIPPER, MY LOVE, by Glynis Smy, is in no way an ordinary historical romance. Full of twists, turns, and plenty of nail-biting suspense and scares, it seamlessly blends an emotional love affair with a shocking, history-as-it-might-have-been, crime story.
In late Victorian London, talented seamstress and designer Kitty Harper has benefitted not only from society’s increasingly modern attitude toward women, but also from her father’s and friends’ encouragement and devotion. Despite her family’s working class status, Kitty is educated, meeting regularly with a tutor, and has saved enough money to open her own seamstress shop. Although reluctantly, her father even allows her to move into the rooms above the shop. Exceptionally gifted in her trade, Kitty has the skill and ambition to design beautiful, fashionable clothing for upper-class women.
Focused on her career, Kitty holds several suitors at arm’s length until she meets dashing farmer James Lockwood. Despite his country upbringing, the handsome Lockwood is gallant and attentive. He is quickly as smitten with Kitty as she is with him. But trouble is coming. These are dangerous days; Jack the Ripper has begun terrorizing London – especially Whitechapel, where Kitty lives and works.
Ms. Smy has created a wonderfully Hitchcockian novel; we readers know The Ripper’s secrets nearly from the outset. Our characters – especially Kitty and her extended family – do not. We realize (à la Mr. Hitchcock) that the figurative bomb is on the bus. When will it go off? Who will live? Who will die?
One would not imagine any aspect of Jack the Ripper being sympathetic, but Ms. Smy has not only accomplished that devilish feat, she has also kept every loathsome bit of his villainy and treachery intact. We are never quite sure what will happen next, and as the novel progresses, pages get turned faster and faster!
Not only are the characters and plot absorbing, the details of life in London at that time are exquisitely drawn. Without letting the story get bogged down in detail, Ms. Smy creates fully populated, artfully dressed, and atmospheric scenes. The reader is so fully drawn in that one can almost hear the clopping of carriage horses’ hooves and feel the chill, surrounding fog.
I highly recommend RIPPER, MY LOVE.
Glynis Smy evokes all the sights, sounds, squalor (and smells!) of the east end of London at the end of the 19th century, as well as a whole range of characters from the fashionable elite to the underworld of prostitutes and criminals. These are the background to Kitty’s life, which appears safe and secure with a loving father and surrogate family, despite the horrific murders that are happening in the Whitechapel area by an unknown murderer known as ‘Jack the Ripper’. Kitty is loving and kind, but also strong and independent, and her talents as a seamstress lead to her opening her own shop. She also has three men vying for her attentions, but all is not as it seems, and for Kitty, love, heartbreak and tragedy go hand-in-hand. I got to the point where I couldn’t put it down, as I waited with bated breath for the story to unfold.
The writing style is excellent and all the characters are strongly drawn. There is humour and grief, passion and heartbreak, as well as cold-blooded planning of murder. It is a story that will stay with me, and therefore I thoroughly recommend it. You will not be disappointed!
Paula Martin 5*
First of all an amazing cover illustration !
Suspenseful , loved the character Kitty and she kept my attention throughout the book .
Her voice rings so clear and true and she make you feel the things she sees and does.
A joy to read , easy to get into and addictively plotted.
Beautifully written and a real page turner.
Will not give the story line away as a MUST to read.
Wonderful debut novel and cant wait fot the next by Glynis Smy .
Sally Duckworth 5*
Before I began reading this novel, the honest truth was historical fiction never appealed to me. After reading this, I am now a fan! So, if you are not a historical-fiction fan, this isn’t a typical, boring book with the non-essential details. It’s a well-crafted novel with a good plot.
With compelling and yet believable characters and without saying much that would add spoilers, I recommend this to the highest degree.