By Donna Landis Wicked Company by Ciji Ware is a historical romance which is 600 pages long. The young Scottish heroine, Sophie McGann, endures (and I do mean endures) every possible vengeful action against her. Death of loved ones, marriage to a drunkard and abuser, evil worshipers, lustful suitors, an insane asylum, theft, and deception, to name a few, are some of the wicked company of events that hound her.
Now Wicked Company is also a romance, as evidenced by Sophie’s rugged would-be actor friend/lover the ever so handsome Hunter Robertson. However, the 18th Century is a difficult place in the theatre world of London. So Sophie is forced to make her own way using her wits since the men folk she befriends (including the elusive hunk, Hunter) are traitors, evil or absent.
The novel is rich in fascinating historical detail. Historical characters are woven into the novel and mingle easily with Ware’s fictional characters. But, 600 pages of melodrama were difficult to endure when I knew (this being a historical romance) that Sophie and Hunter would find true happiness in each others’ arms. Wicked Company is a detailed historical endurance for the dedicated romance reader.
My rating: C
Donna Landis is a retired teacher (over 30 years of teaching kindergarteners was enough). She has one daughter, Amy, who is the head honcho of Backseat Writer. She lives in Pennsylvania and owns a cute dog named Katie.
*Thanks to SourceBooks for this review copy!*