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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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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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Brilliant

Really good to read and to listen to .Anne Aldington very good narrator and Dilly Courts book are usually good as is this one.

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thrilling book

absalutley loved this story ,from a scruffy hungry child to a lovely lady .very well narrated

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Very basic

A very basic story, predictable and clichéd with simple writing. Far fetched in places and poorly researched.

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atmospheric

loved it cant wait for book.2 a gripping tale well narrated and expertly written highly recommend

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River maid = great

Loved it! Big fan of Dilly Courts books. Relaxing to listen to. Recommend to any Dilly Court fan.

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great

great book i will try more of dilly court this was my first kept me listening

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Another good book

Always enjoy Dilly Courts books. She is a very good author and have read all her books.

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