Pleasing Mr. Pepys by Deborah Swift

Pleasing Mr. Pepys

byDeborah Swift

Kobo ebook | September 28, 2017

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**'Deb Willet, Elizabeth Pepys's maid and the object of Samuel Pepys's attentions, is finally given centre-stage after 350 years, and her tale was worth waiting for. This is exceptional story-telling.' L. C. Tyler 

'Laced with emotional intensity and drama, Pleasing Mr Pepys... (has) an intricate plot that features red herrings, unexpected twists, and surprises that will take readers on a very delightful ride.' Arya Fomonyuy, Readers' Favorite 

From acclaimed historical novelist Deborah Swift, Pleasing Mr Pepys is the story of diarist Samuel Pepys' London, vibrantly told through the eyes of his maid.**

Deb Willet is desperate to escape her domineering aunt and takes a position as companion to Elisabeth Pepys, Samuel's wife. Deb believes it will give her the respectability and freedom she craves - but it proves far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

London is still in ruins from the Great Fire. Although Charles II has been restored to the throne, there is the prospect of war with the Dutch - the world's great sea power of the era. In the midst of this tumult strides Samuel Pepys, diarist and man of note.

Pepys' influence in Restoration London means that the Dutch are keen to get their hands on his secrets - even if that means murder, espionage and blackmail to get them. Deb is soon caught up in a web of deception and double-dealing. And with Mr Pepys' attentions turned towards her, there's a lot more than treason at stake...

Selling other people's secrets is a dangerous game

Title:Pleasing Mr. PepysFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 28, 2017Publisher:Accent PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:168299631X

ISBN - 13:9781682996317

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An entertaining read. I have been a fan of Deborah Swift's since reading The Lady's Slipper and The Gilded Lily. She has that great ability to transport this reader back in time and become fully immersed in her books. Reading in the 1600's is not a time I visit that often, being unfamiliar with the history and events it is always a treat to learn more especially at the hands of an author who has definitely done the research. To be honest I really couldn't even have told you who the King was at the time let alone heard of Samuel Pepy, and it's learning about these unknown (to me anyways) figures that I thoroughly enjoy. Even Deb Willet is from the pages of history, though not much is known and the author does a great job creating her story. Deborah Swift did not disappoint, her research shines through here. Told from different POV's I was able to get into the heads of different characters which balanced out the story nicely. England is still recovering after the Great Fire, it's created dire situations for a vast majority of it's citizens as well as political tension with the Dutch, life isn't easy. With vivid descriptions it wasn't hard to feel the conditions and despair. Definitely a book I highly recommend and my thanks to HFVBT for the invite to be part of this tour.
Date published: 2018-01-07