The Button Maker
When the truth could cost a woman her life, she must learn the language of lies.
England, 1853. Birmingham button-maker, Cat Davies, has only ever wanted one thing for her and her sisters: to have a better life than her mother. But Victorian society does not favour poor orphans, and everyone is out to get a piece of her.
When she thinks she might have finally found love, her happiness starts to crumble all around her, and she is forced to do unimaginable things.
All that changes when she meets landowner, Osborne Tomkins. On the brink of death, Osborne saves her and brings her to his country estate. Whilst recovering in the luxurious surroundings, Cat realises that Osborne is her only chance of getting the life she has always dreamed about, and she will do whatever it takes to win him.
But Osborne does not know the truth about Cat. If he finds out, will she survive his wrath?
Perfect for fans of Emma Donoghue’s Slammerkin and Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White. The Button Maker is a fast-paced, thrilling read which will transport you to the dark streets of Birmingham and the dangerous drawing rooms of the landed gentry.
Inspired by the nursery rhyme, Ding Dong Bell, The Button Maker is a standalone novel, the third in Delphine Woods’ Convenient Women Collection, and contains mature themes. Trigger warning: this book includes scenes of sexual abuse.
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Convenient Women Collection of standalone Victorian mystery-thrillers:
Book One: The Cradle Breaker
Book Two: The Promise Keeper
Book Three: The Button Maker
Book Four: The Little Wife
My review for The Button Maker by Delphine Woods
The author has cleverly interwoven the heroine’s past with her present in alternating chapters throughout this enthralling and unusual rags to riches story.
Ms Woods kept me guessing as to what would happen to main protagonist, Cat, until the very last chapter.
Vivid descriptions of the seamy side of life, endured by over-worked and abused slum dwellers, in the mid-1800s, is tempered with regular forays into the lifestyles of privileged members of society.
This is not a book for the faint of heart, but I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the down-and-dirty era as lived in early Victorian times.