Silk and Steel by Catherine King.
Genres: Adult, Historical.
One man …Mariah Bowes’ father, Ezekiel, is a respectable iron master, but unbeknown to her he has a past he wants to hide. He’s determined that no one will ever discover the terrible secret he has worked so hard to conceal. One lie …The son of a coal miner, Daniel Thorpe is determined to better himself and, now he’s got a job as supervisor at Bowes ironworks, he’s succeeded. But his affair with the beautiful Lily has devastating consequences for Mariah. One woman’s life destroyed …After the death of her mother, Mariah’s father tells her that she must marry a man forty years her senior; she can think of nothing worse and decides instead to leave, giving up the life she has known. But, alone and penniless, Mariah is at the mercy of worse fates and soon must draw on all her strength and courage if she is to survive.
Book Review: ‘Silk and Steel’ by Catherine King ~ 4.5 stars!
I’ve had this book of my shelf for years and have only just gotten around to reading it, and I can’t express how annoyed I am at myself for not reading it sooner.
Silk and Steel is a brilliantly written book. The storyline was gripping and had me hooked. However, what I loved most was the wide range of different characters we were introduced to throughout the story, and as well as getting the main heroine, Mariah’s views on them, King expertly switched to different characters view points, allowing us into the minds of the characters, that without this insight we would hate without knowing the full reasoning behind their feelings and actions. Even the most wicked of characters were shown to be human, and I loved it.
The only reason I couldn’t quite give this book 5 stars is that at occasional intervals in the novel, language occasionally slipped into modern tongue in comparison to the language used in that time in history. Mariah’s description of a suitor as ‘creepy’ jolted me from the era of the story so I lost the flow of the story occassionally.
But nevertheless, this was a brilliant read and I definitely recommend to those who enjoy historical romance packed with angst and intrigue.