Storm and Silence Book Review
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 follows Lilly Linton, who is a 19th century feminist, working as an assistant to Rikkard Ambrose… while always being dressed as a man during working hours. Not only do they have to keep Lilly’s identity a secret, but a connection also starts to form between them leading to romance.
The idea of having Lilly, always hating the idea of getting married and becoming a housewife (or a mother), start a job where she pretends to be a man is funny in itself. What makes this idea even greater, is the fact that Rikkard Ambrose hired her himself, thinking she was a man! Now he may try to get rid of her, but they have to learn to work together and cooperate against dangerous people in the business that Ambrose is in.
This historical romantic fiction is very well written and has an excellent flow to the story. The use of description is just right and isn’t overdone, but there can be times in the story when the amount of description is too much, and it can take away the freedom to imagine the scenarios in your head as you would like. The balance is good, but it could be better.
In terms of character development, the growth of Lilly and Rikkard is very gradual but satisfying. There is a lot to both characters once you see them interact with different kinds of people, but the most important development is the relationship between Lilly and Rikkard.
The romance is there but barely. However, there are six more books in the series, so this is something that is covered over the span of all seven books.