(from our DIK review) The love scenes in Silk and Shadows are masterpieces in the ways that they reveal the hero and heroine's characters. When Peregrine first attempts to seduce Sara, she is so carried away as to be helpless, and so, rather than giving in, she begs him to discontinue his advances. Toward the end of the book Sara, seeing the coming rift between them, makes love to her husband and weeps as she does so. It was an incredible scene, sensuous for all of the right reasons. As always, Putney's research is precisely what is needed to satisfy the story. Silk and Shadows includes a horrifying and convincing portrait of prostitution in Victorian London - complete with descriptions of the various types of houses. In a society where young girls were told to loathe sex (and where childbirth could mean death), huge numbers of men used prostitutes regularly. Respectable work was hard to come by and turning to prostitution was sometimes a woman's only alternative to starvation. Regencies and regency historicals are filled with lighthearted portraits of this side of life. In Silk and Shadows Putney appropriately uses it as a setting for high drama and tragedy.
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