The Hellion’s Waltz
The Hellion’s Waltz
By Olivia Waite
It’s not a crime to steal a heart…
Sophie Roseingrave hates nothing more than a swindler. After her family lost their piano shop to a con man in London, they’re trying to start fresh in a new town. Her father is convinced Carrisford is an upright and honest place, but Sophie is not so sure. She has grave suspicions about silk-weaver Madeline Crewe, whose stunning beauty doesn’t hide the fact that she’s up to something.
All Maddie Crewe needs is one big score, one grand heist to properly fund the weavers’ union forever. She has found her mark in Mr. Giles, a greedy draper, and the entire association of weavers and tailors and clothing merchants has agreed to help her. The very last thing she needs is a small but determined piano-teacher and composer sticking her nose in other people’s business. If Sophie won’t be put off, the only thing to do is to seduce her to the cause.
Will Sophie’s scruples force her to confess the plot before Maddie gets her money? Or will Maddie lose her nerve along with her heart?
This book was an adventure and a breathe of fresh air from start to finish. Both Maddie and Sophie were complex and well-developed characters and it was a delight to first watch them give in to their attraction and then fall in love. The heist storyline was enjoyable and was aimed at the right person, properly awful to make it more even more satisfying. The cast of side characters, Sophie’s family and Maddie’s created family add depth and some lighthearted moments to the story. I especially enjoyed Sophie overcome the trauma of her past and learning to find her musically voice again. I will say that both Sophie and Maddie’s job were described in detail. If that’s something you’re interested in, you’ll really enjoy those scenes. I particularly enjoyed the bee-keeping descriptions in the previous book but piano making and tuning and weaving were of less interest to me. That said, I like this move away from the nobility and into the working classes of historical England. Overall, a delightful story and one I will read again!
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.