★★★☆In 1794 England privileged young maidens do not see many adventures. But, Sovay enjoys more excitement. When her betrothed betrays her with the chambermaid she decides to scare the wits out of him, so she dresses as a man and tells him to, "stand and deliver!" As Sovay begins to enjoy the excitement of these criminal activities, she continues her robberies not for money but for her power over men. But when Sovay lifts the wallet of one of England's most dangerous men, the stakes get higher. Her father is accused of treason and Sovay must go on a mission to clear her family's name.
This is a great Historical Novel which Celia Rees is ofcourse known for. I love a girl who has some fight in them... to me the characters are so much stronger. Although this story is more for the adventure of Sovay saving her family there is a little romance thrown in there as well. The only issue I have with this novel is that the character development for Sovay was not consistent. She went from being an innocent maiden to a hardened criminal in like 2 seconds. Obviously she must have had some mental issues if she could snap that quickly. I also found that although I loved the cover art for the book the summary made it seem like the novel was mostly about a female Robin Hood and not in fact about a girls struggles to save her family in 1700's England. Overall, it wasn't the fastest read for me I did enjoy it.