Swift's re-imagining of the life of Bess Bagwell and what drove her to become one of Samuel Pepys' most enduring trysts is remarkable. Her characters are so alive that you either want to reach out and lovingly save them from themselves or angrily shake them until they realize the messes they are creating. An immersive and rich imagining of a mysterious woman from Pepys' life that will hold readers until the very end.
A harrowing, emotional yet satisfying page turner
Grabs our attention from the very start and keeps us riveted. We learn what a farthing would buy, what people wore, how guilds were organised and so on, and this is all really interesting. A wonderful read
This was a very well-written tale, descriptive, exciting, and with exceptionally rendered characters
Excellent book! I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, and I've really enjoyed this book. Set in the 17th century, the characters are nonetheless highly relatable - they have family problems (deadbeat relatives, embarrassing relatives, strained relationships with parents and children - that contemporary readers can identify with. I also enjoyed the rich social history in this novel. The author did a terrific job of showing how people actually lived in England during this time period
PRAISE FOR THE PEPYS TRILOGY: Swift is a consummate historical novelist, basing her books on immaculate research and then filling the gaps between real events and real people with eloquent storytelling, atmospheric scene setting and imaginative plot lines
A novel that transports readers with astonishing and engrossing detail
Pepys and his world spring to vibrant life... Gripping, revealing and stunningly imagined'