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13 February 2016

Review: The Double Life of Mistress Kit Kavanagh

Of all the dangers she faced, the greatest was discovery...

When Irish beauty Kit Kavanagh's husband is taken for a soldier, Kit enlists in the Duke of Marlborough's regiment, disguised as a man, to follow him across war-torn Italy. Risking her life in battle, she forms a close bond with her wry and handsome commanding officer, Captain Ross.

But even when she dresses once more as a woman to evade capture, the war is not over for Kit. She catches the eye of the scheming Duke of Ormonde, who recruits her to spy upon the French.

Torn between Captain Ross and her husband, and under the orders of the English Crown, Kit's life will be in more danger now than on any battlefield. 

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5 Words: Love, war, family, deception, strength.


This book was absolutely amazing. I loved it in every way and at the end I was heartbroken and speechless.

Inspired by Mother Ross, this is a whirlwind of an adventure. Kit has so many identities, and she almost became a different character as her life turned from publican to soldier to spy and her name changed from Kit to Christian to Christiane. But right there, at the very heart of the narrative, she was still the same astounding young woman.

My favourite parts of the story were those set with the Dragoons. I loved Captain Ross and his relationship with his men. He was fair and just and an all round wonderful character.

I loved the exploration of forbidden relationships, and how thin the line between friendship-love and romance-love can be. I also loved how extenuating circumstances can change so much in such a very short time, and how thoughts are clouded by what someone wants to see.

Before reading
I am just starting this, but when I heard about it I jumped at the chance to read it. It sounds so exciting. And the cover is beautiful (and I'm a magpie who likes pretty things)

From the blurb, it sounds like it's going to be a bit of an Irish Mulan-type story that escalates into espionage, with a dash of forbidden love and lots and lots of danger. It sounds so exciting!

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds great!!! I love when I have a book hangover. It lets me know that the book was FABULOUS! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. :D


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