Synopsis according to GoodReads:
“Makepeace Burke serves Patriots at her late father’s tavern on the Boston waterfront in 1765 and hates the redcoats with a vengeance. But even she can’t watch an angry mob drown an Englishman. She rescues him and nurses him back to health-and falls in love.
In Patriot Boston, hers is an unforgivable sin-made worse by the fact that her Englishman turns out be the aristocratic Sir Philip Dapifer. Philip must smuggle Makepeace aboard a ship bound for London and save her life at the expense of the world she knows.“
I’m somewhat familiar with Colonial history, being a product of public education with a love of living history. But in A Catch of Consequence, Diana Norman (a.k.a. Ariana Franklin) presents a rich tapestry of daily life, both for Americans and residents of England. The depth of detail included in every page, from dress to dialect, made for a very real world to sink my teeth into.
The characters, as well, were each varied, three-dimensional, flawed, and fully realized. Makepeace Burke, the main character, is especially lovable given her feisty nature, intelligence, and unconventional methods. She has an arc of journey through the novel, in the form of all classical literature, and is utterly relatable on many levels.
Given the combination of fantastic world-building and fully-fleshed characters, without gaps or author laziness in both arenas, this is one of those rare books that belongs next to Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey and North and South.
I recommend this book for lovers of classic literature and story arcs involving self-realization, lovers of history (especially Colonial American or Colonial British), those who enjoy a strong female protagonist (who breaks gender expectations), and any fans of Ariana Franklin who haven’t already devoured this one.