*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Series: Storm and Silence #1
Publication Date: March 19 2016 by Robert Thier
Genres: Romance, Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 596
My Rating: ★★★✩✩
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!
The story is set in 19th-century London where women, although dressed beautifully and often treated as fragile flowers, do not have the liberty to pursue their own interests. From education to marriage to rights, women were oppressed and seen as naive and incapable of living on their own.
As Tiffany Stelle retold, “She was expected to keep the house clean, cook the meals, raise the children, decorate the house, and keep her children and husband on the moral high ground. When a husband came home form work he was expecting a smile on his wife, who is dressed perfectly, a house that is spotless and bright, and a forgiving happy environment that would lure him into wanting to return home each day.”
But for Lilly Linton, this is not the way things are supposed to be. She is a suffragette, a feminist, and she needs freedom as much as the next guy needs his daily dose of vanity. So she did what a feminist woman did during the Victorian era—she pretended to be a man. But unlike any other woman, she was offered a job and she took it, for this could be the key to the freedom she’s longing for.
This book has a really interesting concept. The thing that got my attention most is Lilly being a feminist. I, aware of the differences of gender roles from today and the past, was really intrigued. However, I thought there were many unnecessary parts that made the book too long, and sometimes exhausting to read. While I understand that the book was originally published on Wattpad (which means that at least a chapter is published every other day or depending on the author’s preferred schedule), I thought it was repetitive and still needs more editing for the final copy. I have to admit that I skipped a lot of pages (I’m allowed to, right?) but didn’t miss anything important.
I also find the main character nosy and annoying at some points. For someone claiming to be mature, she acts like a little kid whose candies got stolen! Her persistence could be a little too much and just makes her look stubborn, not strong.
It took me awhile before I really get hooked. Actually, based on my notes, that’s 800/2659 pages in eBook. WHICH IS A LOT.
I also appreciate the writer’s attention to details and the book being historically accurate, plus the annotations were really helpful (and cool) because you get to learn stuff about history.
This book is very promising, but I thought it still has lots of rooms for improvement. The ending was also so disappointing, at the end I was like… that’s it? I mean, I know there’s a sequel coming up, but a first book should make you feel satisfied and keen to read the next one! This book didn’t. However, I would still read the second book (because I’m a rebel) in hopes of getting answers to my questions, if and only if it’s 400 pages and below. Ha.