Dorcas and the Gypsy by Barbara Davies

Kat and Dorcas are very different women. Kat is a Gypsy woman, exiled from her clan, and Dorcas is a rich non-Gypsy who has been committed in an insane asylum by her uncle who is desperate for her to marry his son. The women meet up after Dorcas’ escapes from the asylum. Kat agrees to help her find a childhood friend’s home in the hope that he’ll be able to figure out a way to get the evil uncle to back off. Kat has a bit of her own business to attend to prior to that, though. She has to attend an appeal of sorts to find out if her banishment can be lifted.

All in all, I enjoyed the story. It didn’t grab me as much as some of Ms. Davies’ other works but I did like the story and the characters. I think that I found Kat’s story more interesting than Dorcas’ and may have enjoyed the work more if that had had more of a primary role. But it was a nice piece and I liked the ending. I think some may want more in relation to the way it ended but I thought it was a good way to draw it to a close. Maybe there’ll be a sequel that will bring a few of the Gypsies to visit. Maybe one woman in particular. That could bring some interesting conflict for Dorcas and Kat. Ms. Davies, what do you say?

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