My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love a good historical and this re-release from Heidi Cullinan is just that, filled with wonderful characters and the flavour of London life.
This isn’t the typical historical though, our heroes have serious issues, one’s a professional sodomite, the other’s an opium addict with a debilitating stutter.
But together they find the courage to be more and they truly are beautiful when they learn to live with their demons. There’s some other drama keeping the plot tension going too and I loved all the secondary characters like Rodger and Penny.
There is a bit of a nice tidy “tie all the ends up” plot development which kind of felt a bit too convenient, but it did fit in with the previous behaviour of the villain, so it wasn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
I also loved all the botanical references, this point in the Victorian time period was a fascinating one for the natural arts and sciences.
#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.