Feature book: Silk and Scars
Miss Gwendolyn Parkes works as a scribe for a lawyer, Mr Beecham. This is not the normal practice for a woman to work, but her handwriting is very pleasing. As long as she stays in the background, Beecham agrees to employ her. Gwen is also very bright and her father was a law teacher at Cambridge, so she also knows a lot about the law.
When one of Gwen’s letters, which she had written to her friend Etta, mistakenly ends up going to one of the company’s clients, none other than The Duke of Sowrith, this starts a friendship that spans one year, with them writing to each other and learning about each other as well. The Duke organises for Gwen to come out to his Dartmoor estate and stay there. Gwen is not happy at being forced into this, but meeting Edward, in person, does make her smile, scars and all. But Edward is tongue tied when she gets there. There are a few problems between them that take some talking to get over.
This is a lovely story of a scarred man, who has spent most of his life on his own. Friendship and then love grows from that mistaken letter. It shows Gwen’s strength in her learning of the law in times when women did not work, vote or have many rights. This one is a very enjoyable novella.
Overall I enjoyed these three novellas (Silk and Scandal was reviewed last year. Here is the link). I think the third one is the best of the three so far, and there are another two to come. They show the strength of the women in the Victorian era as they are starting to get accepted more with times changing. They are quick reads that are enjoyable.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.