The Gallows Girl by Melanie Gifford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this so much more than The Spaniard's Daughter which I felt was a light and fluffy regency romance.
This book however is a much darker and deeper tale of revenge, gripping and quite tense, apart from the fact that you have to suspend disbelief in quite a few places as a few of the things she does would have been difficult if not impossible.
Its the story of a young woman, Rachel who has been brought up with her parents and sister in an 18th century coaching inn, and when a new turnpike road is planned which will bypass the Inn and ruin their business a horrific and far reaching chain of events is set in motion which change the course of Rachels life forever.
I felt the descriptions and feel for the era, what it would be like to try and run a coaching inn in those days were evocative and real, the heroine is feisty and flawed and not always likeable.
For me the book bore similarities to Slammerkin and The Book of Fires and although its far from perfect it was a jolly good read for anyone who liked these books.
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