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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
A young woman, the protagonist of Jane Sinclair by Tom Edwards, falls in love with a young man during one of her outings in the forest. She is Jane, he is Charles. Unfortunately, his father is an influential sheriff and does not want to see his son marrying someone below his station. Jane is threatened and scared for her family, so she runs off to London where she hopes to find a job. But London in the 1850s is not an easy place for a woman. Jane learns what it means to fall into hardship and how willing one becomes to do the lowest deeds to survive. Over time, however, Jane finds support and with her intelligence she turns every opportunity she gets into something more. The reader follows Jane over quite a few years and sees how one can fight their way from the bottom to the top.
I enjoyed reading Jane Sinclair by Tom Edwards more than I thought I would. I liked that the focus wasn't on romance. Yes, there was some - and it was the start of the whole trouble for Jane. Later on, there is some more, but it never turns into a soppy story. The main focus is on the development of Jane as a rather savvy businesswoman. To my surprise, there were also quite a few historical facts threaded into the story and it was done flawlessly. History and the actual fictional story were interwoven in a way that made it easy to know what was real and what was not. In addition to reading a nice story, you also get a little history lesson, which turns this book into great value for readers.