The Gilded Lily

Genre: Historical Fiction

For Fans Of

Philippa Gregory Rose Tremain Judith Lennox Jessie Burton Diana Gabaldon

Book Summary

'makes you feel as if you're in Restoration London alongside the two lead characters of this excellent historical novel. Highly recommended." --The Bookbag

Sadie Appleby is an innocent who has never left her village home. But one night she is rudely awoken by her older and bolder sister, Ella, who has robbed her employer and is on the run.

Determined to stick together, the sisters flee the scene of the crime for London, hoping to lose themselves in the tangle of dark alleyways - the 'rookeries' that make up Restoration London.

Ella is seduced by the glitter and glamour of city life and sets her sights on flamboyant man-about-town, Jay Whitgift, owner of a beauty shop for wives of the London gentry. But nothing in the capital is what it seems, least of all Jay Whitgift.

When Ella rises in society and Sadie falls, Ella is determined to leave the heartbroken Sadie behind. But Ella needs Sadie, for the Law is on their trail, and soon the sisters are facing a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

But when the hangman finally threatens, and those they trust most betray them, will blood be thicker than water?

'filled with adventure and sparked with romance.' (Booklist)

"It's hard to say why you find a novel unputdownable, but I've just spent about 4 hours curled up with the second half, and there was no way I was not going to finish it today!"

"The story line, like a meandering river, was full of unexpected twists and turns which enchanted me and made it very hard to put down."

"Brilliant. a cracking good read couldn't put it down, exciting from beginning to end the author really brought the characters to life."

"I enjoyed this one particularly as it has a different and engaging storyline. It was another book I couldn't put in a day and enjoyed the characters and storline immensely."
Set in England in ther 17th century, this is the companion book to Deborah Swift's The Lady's Slipper
First edition published by St Martin's Press, this edition by Quire Books.


"There is no greater compliment than 'Give me more!' A delight." --Susanna Gregory

"Ms Swift's prose is compelling, her characters convincing" --Westmorland Gazette

"The Gilded Lily is impeccably written historical fiction. The detail is superb and life in London is so vividly depicted that the city seems to take on its own persona and become a lurking character in the story." --Let Them Read Books

"Where the author excels is in making the reader care for the two girls... I thoroughly enjoyed this tale that explored the darker side of Restoration London." --Historical Tapestry

"The intense evocation of the period never falters" --Gabrielle Kimm

"A heart-rending story of two sisters on the run, searching for a better life. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, the novel drew me straight into the teeming streets of Restoration London. An addictive, page-turning read." --Mary Sharratt

"The Gilded Lily had me hooked from the first chapter even the first page... I loved it." --Peeking Between the Pages

"The plot is gripping with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers interested. The characters are beautifully developed and three-dimensional. Each character has their own struggles to overcome as circumstances force them to do things and change in ways they would never have dreamed of...I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Deborah Swift's next."
--History and Women

"Superb dialogue, steeped in contemporary language, adds credibility and atmosphere to this compelling tale which examines the ties that bind together siblings, the consequences of greed and ambition, the fickleness of fate and women's constant battle to survive in a man's world. The Gilded Lily is also a fast-paced adventure peopled with ruthless villains and feisty heroines whose exploits grab the imagination and add suspense and excitement to a historical gem." --Lancashire Evening Post

"Deborah Swift's captivating writing makes you feel as if you're in Restoration London alongside the two lead characters of this excellent historical novel. Highly recommended." --The Bookbag

About the Author

Deborah lives in the North of England in a village close to the mountains and the sea. Formerly a costume designer for the BBC, she has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Passionate about history and the natural world, she writes historical and literary fiction and is the author of four historical novels so far, and a historical trilogy for teens.

Deborah is a hybrid author, both trad and indie published and her books have been published by Macmillan, St Martin's Press, Endeavour Press, and Accent Press as well as under her own imprint Quire Books.

She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, The Historical Writers Association and the Romantic Novelists Association.

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