Title: A Jewel in the Vaults Flights of the Love Series, Book 1—a novella
Author: Lily Baldwin
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: Paris, 1782; Edinburgh, 1784; Scotland, 1802
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Narrated by: James McCreadie
Length: 3 hours, 12 minutes
Release Date: December 7, 2015
Published by: Lily Baldwin
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Publisher’s Summary: She has never met a man like him before. Then again, he has never met a lad like her. In 1802, Edinburgh’s poverty-ridden Old Town is rife with danger, but it is the only home Robbie MacKenzie has ever known. To safeguard herself against the worst villains of the street, Robbie conceals her femininity behind her shorn hair, dirt-smeared face, and tattered breeches. To all the world she is a lad, but beneath the ruse is a woman aching to break free. Leaving his beloved Highlands behind in pursuit of his prodigal brother, Conall MacKay journeys to Edinburgh. There, he solicits the aid of a young street lad named Robbie. But Conall soon realizes that there is more to both Robbie and Edinburgh’s Old Town than meets the eye. In a world where wickedness governs and darkness reigns, a savage struggle for dignity, survival, and love begins.
©2015 Lily Baldwin (P)2015 Lily Baldwin
My Thoughts: These Vaults actually exist, although their original intent was not meant to live in. Their eventual use only shows the desperate times of people in poverty. They did anything to survive. I had heard of the city of thieves under Paris, but didn’t know about the Vaults. It was an unusual setting to have love blossom, nevertheless a very compelling listen. Skillfully written with powerfully moving scenes, Ms. Baldwin told of the injustice women suffered during that time.
Claudine Ducet, Robbie’s mother, an actress was admired and success was at hand. She had such a wonderful beginning of a profession she reveled in. Her parents had believed in her, therefore sent her to Edinburgh to act. But the innocent are not left alone, but found by men with only their own gratification in mind.
A daughter was born in the vaults (a place rarely known to the world above), named Robbie. Claudine insisted Robbie a boy, for her own safety and her very life. Her mum had given all she could to keep her safe; they were able to leave the Vaults. The Vaults were dangerous and a place one wouldn’t seek unless they were totally desperate. At 13, Robbie didn’t know how much longer she could stay hidden. Her body was changing, curves appeared where should be none. She made sure to have plenty of bruises on her face to hide its feminine features. Robbie had learned much in her young life – she had wisdom beyond her years.
When faced with near starvation or helping a stranger, Condall MacKay, kind and determined to find his brother, she chose to help Condall Mackay. With that decision, Robbie’s life took on new direction. Was she strong and brave enough to survive a world totally foreign to her?
Truly, Lily Baldwin writes superbly. Her characters are rich in emotion, determination and bravery. Where there is little hope of success, Robbie and Condall are willing to try.
The narrator James McCreadie, a true Scot, thrusts us into the heart of Edinburgh, into the depths of the Vaults. His brogue made me feel I was there, right beside Robbie. I’m eager to hear him continue with her series.
About the Author: Award-winning Historical Romance Author Lily Baldwin loves writing, Scotland, her wonderful husband and beautiful young daughter–though not necessarily in that order.
She has a BA in anthropology from the University of New Hampshire, and an MA in International Studies from Birmingham University in the UK. She daydreams constantly, and gets her best story ideas while running; she is even training for a half-marathon. She also finds inspiration in Nature, a quality revealed through the powerful description and drama in her books.
Currently TO BEWITCH A HIGHLANDER, HIGHLAND THUNDER, and TO LOVE A WARRIOR (Books 1, 2 & 3 of the Isle of Mull series) are available. HIGHLAND SHADOWS, Beautiful Darkness Series, Book 1 is a Paranormal Highland Romance. Lily is hoping to release book 2 in the Beautiful Darkness Series in Spring 2016. A JEWEL IN THE VAULTS, an award-winning novella, is available in audio! Most recently, Lily has released JACK: A Scottish Outlaw with the promise of many more Scottish Outlaws to come. She lives in New England with her cherished husband and daughter.