A fabulously detailed historical novel set in 1700s London. Josiah Hancock has received a little more than he bargained for when the captain of his ship comes back with a mermaid. He is inducted into Georgian pr when he attempts to publicise the curiosity more widely – the coffee shops and salons were the social media of the day, creating a stir which makes his fortune. He also attracts the attention of Angelica Neal, a beautiful courtesan past her best (she’s about 27!), but who is in need of a benefactor after her previous protector has died.
After several false starts, the unlikely love between Mr Hancock and Angelica blossoms and is the subject of much surprise in fashionable London.
This novel is a delight, illuminating the realities of life in a burgeoning commercial London, where twists of fate can make – and ruin – fortunes.
With thanks to Netgalley for the copy of this book