This is a solid, workmanlike example of what Gillian Bradshaw does well. Her historical fiction is reliably; interesting, historically accurate, character driven, and readable. Sometimes her novels are utterly absorbing and sometimes they don't catch that elusive spark, and are just very good. This is one of the very good ones. Its out of her usual period but there's interesting stuff here about the birth of newspapers in Cromwellian times, and I like the couple at the center of the story very much.