Candace C. Bowen, queen of the romance novels, has written another brilliant, page-turning novel. Set in Victorian Britain, the fiesty Katherine Kelly journeys to London’s seedy, dangerous East End to find her sister.
Katherine combs the dark back alleys for her sister, Mary. She sets out on this task alone; Mary has become and a prostitute and has been disowned by her status obsessed family.She reluctantly accepts the assistance of the handsome Constable Edward Stanhope, the only man to believe in her.
Katherine and Edward rapidly fall in love. However, reconciling their desires with the stifling moral codes of Victorian England and gaining acceptance from her family prove to be as difficult as saving her sister from bloody Jack the Ripper.
I bought her novel Spur of the Moment and I was immediately hooked by her style, enough romance for women and sufficient blood and guts for men. I thoroughly recommend Jack of Hearts.
I have had the great good fortune to co-edit a murder anthology, Bump Off Your Enemies, with her. She is as easy to work with as she is exceptional in her writing.