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The Long Way Home, Book 3 in The Southwark Saga by historical romance author, Jessica Cale is a magical, adult fairy tale that will keep you entertained from start to finish. Find out what happens when a paranoid king, a poison plot, and hideous shoes prove…it’s not easy being Cinderella!

After saving the life of the glamorous Marquise de Harfleur, painfully shy barmaid Alice Henshawe is employed as the lady’s companion and whisked away to Versailles. There, she catches King Louis’ eye and quickly becomes a court favorite as the muse for Charles Perrault's Cinderella. The palace appears to be heaven itself, but there is danger hidden beneath the façade and Alice soon finds herself thrust into a world of intrigue, murder, and Satanism at the heart of the French court.

Having left his apprenticeship to serve King Charles as a spy, Jack Sharpe is given a mission that may just kill him. In the midst of the Franco-Dutch war, he is to investigate rumors of a poison plot by posing as a courtier, but he has a mission of his own. His childhood friend Alice Henshawe is missing and he will stop at nothing to see her safe. When he finds her in the company of the very people he is meant to be investigating, Jack begins to wonder if the sweet girl he grew up with has a dark side.

When a careless lie finds them accidentally married, Alice and Jack must rely on one another to survive the intrigues of the court. As old affection gives way to new passion, suspicion lingers. Can they trust each other, or is the real danger closer than they suspect?

Content Notes: Spicy, Historical, Suspense, Romantic Comedy, Action, Adventure, Uniformed Heroes, Adult Fairy Tales, Magic

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    A Cinderella Story!

    **I was given a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review** Another fantastic read from Jessica Cale! The Long Way Home is the third and latest installment in the Southwark series, and I'm quite relieved to hear that it won't be the last! This time Cale takes us into France, the glittering world of the "Sun King". Versailles is a place full of beautiful and vain courtiers who wouldn't think twice before using poison or black magic to take down a rival mistress of the king. Alice Henshawe has always been the "plain" sister in a family of buxom blondes. Her eldest sister, Meg wants her to join in the family business or marry into a situation that will benefit ALL the Henshawe girls. Alice has no desire to do either. Nearly five years ago she gave her heart to Jack Sharpe, a poor pickpocket turned carpenter's apprentice, when he first walked through the doors of the Rose and Crown. Jack is the only man for her, and if she can't have him then she'll happily live a life of celibacy. A would be suitor tries to coerce Alice into a comprising situation, leaving her no choice but to hide in the wardrobe that is being shipped to France (unbeknownst to Alice). After arriving in France, her life is turned completely upside down... first she saves the life of a marchioness, who then makes Alice "mistress of the wardrobe" and whisks her off to Versailles. Shortly thereafter Alice becomes an inspiration for "Cinderella", making her the object of many men's lusty ambitions in the French court. Being the shy barmaid that she is, Alice soon grows tired of the unwanted advances. Out of desperation she lies and says that she's actually married. When asked her husband's name she gives them the name of the only man she's ever loved... Jack Sharpe. Little does she know that Jack is also at Versailles, posing as a courtier in order to investigate threats to the life of the king. Once again, Jessica Cale has given readers a beautifully crafted romance. The Long Way Home is filled with carefully and thoroughly researched history and genuine multidimensional characters. It is every bit as good as it's preceding stories in the series! Greatly anticipating book four!!!

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