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“A Gypsy’s Vow”, by Bonnie Deea-gypsys-vow

I believe it is no secret that I enjoy Ms Dee’s writing very much. This short story, published by Silver Liquid Books, is no exception. Set in England in 1902, “A Gypsy’s Vow” is a sweet little tale of romance-and lust. A little warning, then: the romance is sweet, but there is graphic sex within.

Here is the blurb:

A proper, level-headed woman. A handsome, wandering rogue. Sparks fly between them, but does the innkeeper’s daughter dare leave behind all that’s familiar to run away with a gypsy?

After managing her drunken father’s inn for most of her adult life, Bess is presented with an offer of marriage from a member of the local gentry. She should be thrilled at the proposed match with a man so far above her station, but knows Lord Wallace is more interested in the income from her successful business than he is in her.

One day while shopping in the market, she meets a charming stranger who shakes up her world. She’s unprepared for the onslaught of powerful feelings Alexi rouses in her as he woos her with passionate intensity. Now Bess must decide what she truly wants from life and how she chooses to live her future.

Bess Andrews is the innkeeper’s daughter, caught between her dreams and her fears. At twenty three she’s considered by many to be perilously close to spinsterhood, yet Bess is also in a difficult social position. Marrying above her station would certainly give her a claim to gentility; however, given Lord Wallace’s extravagant ways such a union is not only not the solution to any of her problems but is also highly inadvisable in many ways. Still, there doesn’t seem to be a choice, since her position, precarious to begin with, is fast becoming untenable.

Then, Bess is presented with the reality that she does have choices. Meeting Alexi shows her that her life is hers to do with as she chooses-whether the false sense of security of the familiar, or the likely dangerous (if not outright disastrous) thrill of the unknown-it is up to her.

The story is told from Bess’ perspective, giving the reader a front row seat to her internal struggle. Having been responsible for both her and her father’s livelihood for years, as well as the wellbeing of the inn’s employees, it would have been quite absurd to make such a decision an easy one, and Ms Dee doesn’t short change either the characters or the reader.

In fact, I am torn whether the best part of the story is Bess’ self awareness and growth, or the ending. Then again, the latter reflects the former, so perhaps it’s one and the same.

7.75 out of 10

“A Gypsy’s Vow” is only available as an electronic book from Liquid Silver


  • SarahT
    May 23
    12:47 pm

    The idea of a book set in 1902 sold me. Even though I love the era, I’ve overdosed on Regencies.


  • This sounds really good! I can only imagine that ending (Bc of course, one suspects who she’ll end with) would be HUGELY satisfying.

    I love this line of your review:
    “Bess Andrews is the innkeeper’s daughter, caught between her dreams and her fears.”


  • Thanks for the review! I enjoyed writing this story which was inspired by the old English ballad, “The Whistling Gypsy”. Know it?

    A gypsy rover, come over the hill,
    down through the valley so shady
    He whistled and he sang til the green woods rang
    and he won the heart of a lady.

    She left her father’s castle gate,
    she left her own fine lover
    She left her servants and her state,
    to follow the gypsy rover

    And there’s more about how the father goes after her, but when he arrives at the gypsy camp she’s having a helluva good time and won’t come home. She declares:

    He is no gypsy, my father,
    she said, but lord of these lands all over
    And I will stay til my dying day,
    with my whistling gypsy rover.


  • Oh man!!!! I want this book so bad but it’s in eform. Hmm – maybe if I get new ink for my printer and print it out. I love Bonnie Dee’s writing.


  • Unfortunately, it’s short enough that it won’t ever be in print form, but I have plenty of others that are now. Feel free to check out my In Print page. 🙂


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