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Summary

The stunning new novel from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court

London, 1854: 20-year-old Essie Chapman lives with her father in poverty-stricken Limehouse, working on the river as a boatman. Her life seems set before her, never to leave this part of London and forever at her father's beck and call.

Then, one night, she must transport a mysterious man from a foreign ship to the banks of the Thames, a man who ends up renting a room in Essie's house, identifying himself only as 'Raven'.

When curiosity gets the better of her, Essie follows him and unwittingly becomes involved in something far greater than she could ever have guessed. Finding herself on a ship bound for the penal colonies in Australia with Raven and his cousin Alice, this is only the start of a remarkable journey taking her to the other side of the world and back again....

©2018 Dilly Court (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Feisty female characters to fall in love with in a spirited, adventurous novel." ( Sunday Express)
"As always Dilly keeps you absorbed right to the end." ( Choice)
"A rollicking, fast-paced adventure with a hint of romance!" ( My Weekly)

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A typical fluffy romance

The usual “formula” girly romance, it’s a bit of a bland story but the characters are likeable enough. Its pleasant to listen to if you want something easy and unchallenging. Im not sorry I bought it but I would never bother to listen to it again

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and yet another great read

another good read from this author. to add to her series of good reads . stunning as usual...

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Excellent

Brilliant, can't wait to start the next one.
I always enjoy Dilly courts books.
Brilliant narrator too.

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Fluffy, easy listening

Another easy listening book from Dilly Court. Same old formula of girl battles against the odds & wins.
As annoying & predictable that I find these books, they are still strangely compelling! Great narration by Annie Aldington.

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Excellent narration

ENJOYED THIS STORY MAINLY BCAUSE THE NARRATOR BROUGHT IT TO LIFEvery well written and read

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Very enjoyable.

I loved this book. A lovely story very well written and presented. I'm looking forward to the other two books in the series. Thank you.

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The river maid

Lovely story I enjoyed every minute and the narration was excellent I am ready to start book 2 in the series.

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well read

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I did enjoy this story but unfortunately not as gripping as some of her others.

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Very entertaining

So discriptive and fast paced. The characters came to life in the hands of the narrator.

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Disappointed

I have never written a review for a story. I loved the timeline of this story. The narration was good but for the first time in a long time and I have listened to many novels in the past 2 years, I just felt this story ended wrong. Raven deserved a better ending than this. To me this story just stopped.