August 2009 (reissue of 1991 book)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Rating: 4 Cups
Submit Channing-Dowes is a proper English noblewoman, content with her life and married to a much older man. It never occurred to her to want anything more, since she loved and was truly happy with her Henry.
Graham Wessit is a notorious rake. He is accused in a paternity suit, wrongly, but his reputation makes that difficult to believe. He has a contentious relationship with his mistress, who wants to divorce to marry him, and he hated his former guardian, Henry, as much as Submit loved him.
Submit deeply mourns her late husband, Henry, even as his death has totally disrupted her life. She has to deal with Henry’s illegitimate son contesting the will and deliver a bequest to the thoroughly scandalous Earl of Netham. Their unexpected attraction adds further turmoil and excitement to her existence.
This reissue of Black Silk makes me wonder why I have not read more of this author’s work. The characters are interesting and virtually leap off the page at times. The opening scene really hooked me. The plot is riveting, though the romantic part of the book does not start until well into the story. I am definitely going to have to take a look at Judith Ivory’s backlist. If all of her books are as good as this one, I am going to be very busy.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More