Every Friday Scot Lit Fest shares what they’ve been reading in the past week.
On Starlit Seas – Sara Sheridan (Black & White Publishing)
Charged with a mission by the Empress of Brazil, celebrated writer and the toast of Georgian London, Maria Graham sets off for England with the Brazilian civil war at its height. Newly widowed and a woman travelling alone, the stakes are high and when she accepts roguish smuggler Captain James Henderson’s offer of passage on his ship, she gets more than she bargains for.
Who knew the world of chocolate could be so deadly? Chocolate, smuggling, secrets and lies. The blurb sums it up most succinctly. When you realise it’s based on a real life explorer, there’s a more badass edge to it all, to know that not only did she push herself against society’s expectations, but has gone on to be remembered by it. On Startlit Seas is of the era and charming at times, and exciting at others.
So, what have you all been reading this week?