The Worst Woman in London

- Julia Bennet


A defiant Victorian wife fights to escape a bad marriage but her love for a forbidden man jeopardizes her chance at freedom.

James Standish knows how to play society’s game. He’ll follow the rules, marry a virginal debutante, and inherit a massive fortune. At least, that’s the plan until he meets Francesca Thorne. She’s not the sort of woman a respectable gentleman like James could ever marry—not least because, strictly speaking, she’s married already.

Francesca is determined to flout convention and divorce her philandering husband. When James sweet talks his way into her life tasked with convincing her to abandon her dream of freedom, she’s unprepared for the passion that flares between them.

Torn apart by conflicting desires, James and Francesca must choose whether to keep chasing the lives they’ve always wanted or take a chance on a new and forbidden love.



The Thorne marriage was doomed from the start.


* Thanks to NetGalley and Julia Bennet for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided. *

solid, good read:

I’m regretting that smutty Victorian fiction is not a genre I’m more familiar with after reading The Worst Woman in London. Because if there’s a more enjoyable dichotomy than smut and societal manners, I don’t know what it is.

Yeah, parts near the end don’t make a lot of sense.

Edward didn’t like Fran because of her personality but suddenly wants her duplicate ten years later when she’s half his age? Okay… so he just matured into it? Unfortunately, he was way too stereotypical a villain, and his motivations made little sense.
Thankfully, the rest does make up for it. Fran and James are great protagonists, and many of the side characters are wonderful. I didn’t think I’d like Caroline at first, but once we met her husband, I started to wish they both were more present. The same goes with Mrs Kirkpatrick – like Fran, I found her to be more interesting with each meeting.

The plot is what you’d expect – court drama as a background to a doomed love story full of societal pressures and expectations – but Bennet’s writing is captivating and difficult to put down. I can highly recommend you add this book to your TBR when it comes out in February!


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