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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
The Cobbler’s Daughter by G. S. Singer opens with the dramatic escape from prison and impending execution by Britt Salter, who vows his revenge on the Egyptian king, Khedive. Jenny Crispin appears next, late for work in nineteenth-century New York, where a group of anti “votes for women” protesters attack her; her employer, Glorianna Talmadge, may be the first woman to run for president. No matter – Jennifer has avoided an arranged marriage, and she intends to prove that the pen is mightier than the sword. Riots explode everywhere, but Jenny can trust Detective McCauley, can’t she? He arrests her and promises his help for favors she is unwilling to grant. Jenny ends up in a brothel, still handcuffed, and Britt finds her and almost rapes her. Can he save her from McCauley? Will he try?
The Cobbler’s Daughter is a fascinating story, set against a background that is realistic because many of the people existed, albeit under other names, and historically accurate events are cleverly intermingled with fiction. To a great extent, it is the story of American women’s fight for emancipation, and it is a captivating mixture of adventure, murder, lust, and romance. Britt is determined to assassinate a visiting Egyptian king by any means, and virginal Jenny discovers a “fate worse than death” is actually enjoyable. Detective McCauley is the constant and persistent enemy of Britt, Jenny, and the feminist leader, Glorianna. G. S. Singer is an author to watch. Readers who are undaunted by graphic descriptions violence and sex will find The Cobbler’s Daughter merits its five stars.