The Likelihood of Lucy by Jenny Holiday
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A thoroughly enjoyable historical romance that embraces that American Dream/Horatio Alger Ragged Dick fantasy of rags to riches, although set across the pond in London. This isn't just a romance but a novel that tackles the idea of self-worth, both for females and males, and non-conformity.
Lucy and Trevor were childhood friends, struggling to survive in the a corner of the poorest section of town. Trevor always looked out for Lucy and Lucy only trusted Trevor. Determined to save her, Trevor takes advantage of overhearing something and shoves Lucy out to be the one selected, thereby saving her from being sold as a sex worker at a very young age by her own mother. Trevor makes his own way out of the gutter, but neither has forgotten the other.
I really enjoyed how this story was wrought: from interesting side characters, to multiple historical references, this was a romantic page turner that had many facets to enjoy.
Thanks to Entangled Publishing and the author for the early read! This is available now and if you love historical romances, this would be a good pick for you!
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