A novel set in Victorian England. When Lily Spencer, naive and vulnerable, marries Charles Nightingale they strike a Blind Bargain for neither knows much about the other. But Lily discovers a dark secret that Charles has kept hidden.Lily struggles to rise above the pain of delusion and cope with a life devoid of physical love. A story of intrigue, misunderstandings, love, hate and revenge. The Coffin Maker’s Daughters were all named after flowers: Lily, Violet, Daisy, May Rose and Marigold. This is Lily’s story.
When Lily Spencer, naive and vulnerable, marries Charles Nightingale they strike a Blind Bargain for neither knows much about the other. but Lily discovers a dark secret that Charles has kept hidden.
Blind Bargain tells of her struggle to rise above the pain of delusion and cope with a life devoid of physical love and of how she pours her passion into her art to become an accomplished portrait painter.
Set in late Victorian England, Blind Bargain takes its characters from village life on the Downs to the society of London. It is a story of intrigue, misunderstandings, love, hate and revenge.
Written in the style of the Victorian novel, I found the Author overplayed their hand when writing the main character, it’s not that I didn’t like her it’s just that her mild-mannered, “be seen and not heard” ways really became taxing after a while. Given the trials and tribulations that this character encountered throughout her life, it would have been nice to see a growth in her personality and attitude as she aged. However, as much as I did not warm to the main character, her lack of depth was more than made up for in the other characters in this novel. Some were so mean that I felt as if I were at an old fashioned theatre performance where I was allowed to boo and hiss at them every time they appeared.
From an historical point of view it was apparent that the Author had done extensive research into the period of time in which was the novel was set. Their descriptive writing set the tone for the novel, and was very much the vehicle that carried me on to the end of the novel. I think the main problem with this book for me, and it has nothing to do with the writing style of the Author, was that it leaned a little too much towards the romantic image that is projected of this era and not enough towards the suspense and intrigue that had been promised in the synopsis.
I would recommend this novel to lovers of fiction from this era, and also those that enjoy a period romance novel as in this area it is gentle and subtle; not in your face gratuitous sex. I am not sure if I would read anymore in this series, but I may be tempted to try one of the Authors other works.