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Publisher's Summary

The stunning new novel from Sunday Times best seller Dilly Court

London, 1854: 20-year-old Essie Chapman lives with her father in poverty-stricken Limehouse, working on the river as a boatman. Her life seems set before her, never to leave this part of London and forever at her father's beck and call.

Then, one night, she must transport a mysterious man from a foreign ship to the banks of the Thames, a man who ends up renting a room in Essie's house, identifying himself only as 'Raven'.

When curiosity gets the better of her, Essie follows him and unwittingly becomes involved in something far greater than she could ever have guessed. Finding herself on a ship bound for the penal colonies in Australia with Raven and his cousin Alice, this is only the start of a remarkable journey taking her to the other side of the world and back again....

©2018 Dilly Court (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Feisty female characters to fall in love with in a spirited, adventurous novel." ( Sunday Express)
"As always Dilly keeps you absorbed right to the end." ( Choice)
"A rollicking, fast-paced adventure with a hint of romance!" ( My Weekly)

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  • 23-02-2021

Disappointed

I have never written a review for a story. I loved the timeline of this story. The narration was good but for the first time in a long time and I have listened to many novels in the past 2 years, I just felt this story ended wrong. Raven deserved a better ending than this. To me this story just stopped.

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  • Tracey
  • 22-01-2018

A typical fluffy romance

The usual “formula” girly romance, it’s a bit of a bland story but the characters are likeable enough. Its pleasant to listen to if you want something easy and unchallenging. Im not sorry I bought it but I would never bother to listen to it again

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  • Roy Cole
  • 10-03-2019

and yet another great read

another good read from this author. to add to her series of good reads . stunning as usual...

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  • Kathleen
  • 27-03-2018

Excellent

Brilliant, can't wait to start the next one.
I always enjoy Dilly courts books.
Brilliant narrator too.

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  • S. Cooper
  • 03-02-2018

Fluffy, easy listening

Another easy listening book from Dilly Court. Same old formula of girl battles against the odds & wins.
As annoying & predictable that I find these books, they are still strangely compelling! Great narration by Annie Aldington.

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  • N. L. Powell
  • 14-11-2021

The River Maids Journey.

I really enjoyed listening to this story. I enjoyed being a part of the characters lives. They have kept me company during my long drives from London to Wiltshire and back, a round trip of approximately 188 miles. I loved Essies growth from such a tough upbringing, getting her wealth and making a great life with Jack.

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  • dianne tennant
  • 11-11-2021

Really enjoyed this book no violence

Really loved this book no violence just a lovely story .enjoyed very much.what more can be said

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  • C A Saunders
  • 22-10-2021

Delightful story of young Esta narrated by Annie Aldington written by Dilly court

What a brilliant story of a young girl Essie, born on the river banks of London brought up by her drunken father following her mother’s death.

Following her fathers accident Essie worked her fathers boat on the river Tems to keep food on the table.
During this time she came to meet the mysterious gentleman ‘Redford’ who came to stay at her fathers shamble of a house while hiding out from the authorities. And was soon drawn into his secret world and was taken to the other side of the world before returning to London a very rich woman indeed.

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  • Jacqui
  • 14-07-2021

Excellent narration

ENJOYED THIS STORY MAINLY BCAUSE THE NARRATOR BROUGHT IT TO LIFEvery well written and read

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  • Ms C M Cook
  • 12-02-2021

Very enjoyable.

I loved this book. A lovely story very well written and presented. I'm looking forward to the other two books in the series. Thank you.

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  • sadie thompson
  • 27-09-2020

The river maid

Lovely story I enjoyed every minute and the narration was excellent I am ready to start book 2 in the series.

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