In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Realizing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair.
There, as she recovers, Henry introduces the lovely Eliza to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza’s brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld.
Thankfully, Henry, a secret agent to the crown, is able and willing to deal with the man Eliza’s stepfather had sold her to, and the pimp who plans to enslave her.
As romance blossoms between them, Eliza unearths an old secret that leads them into the dark sadistic world of sex trafficking, and finally allows Henry to identify the traitor responsible for selling military secrets to the French, causing the death of thousands.
A natural at the spy game, Eliza proves herself a worthy partner in their fight for truth and justice. But with time running out, and the fate of one girl hanging in the balance, Henry and Eliza must find a way to outwit a nasty pimp and eliminate a dangerous enemy agent.
Title: The Innkeeper’s Daughter
Author: Bianca M. Schwarz
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Romance
Age Range: Adult
Trigger Warnings: Misogyny, Physical abuse, Rape, Sexual assault, Sexual content, Sexual violence, Torture, Age gap, Toxic relationship, and Trafficking
The Innkeeper’s Daughter was a very quick read for me. The book started off with vulgar language and violence, which was hard to read, but I knew this was setting up Eliza’s need to run away and meet Sir Henry, so I continued on. However, the romance didn’t really do it for me. The meeting was great, but it became insta-love as soon as Eliza recovered from her injuries. I would have loved some more “will they, won’t they” or some yearning. Their scenes were definitely cute, but I wasn’t too invested.
What I really enjoyed was the mystery aspect and the mission within the story. Henry is a spy who is trying to take down a sex trafficking ring and Eliza has information which can help him. I flew through the pages. I did get quite invested by the end, so I will most likely pick up the sequel.
Please check trigger warnings before reading. I went in blind and was pretty shocked. This was an advanced copy, so I couldn’t have known. I believe you will enjoy this if you are able to handle these topics.
Thank you Netgalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the arc! This title was released January 12, 2021.
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