Set in Victorian times, My Lady of Sapphires is the tale of a young woman named Suzanne Thatcher who is rescued from her life in a pottery factory to be the muse for Anthony, a rakish young artist. What Anthony does not initially realise, however, is that Suzanne is actually a young man who ran away from his family to live the life he has always craved . . . that of a woman. Once he discovers this secret, Anthony is more determined than ever to establish Suzanne as both a proper lady, and his wife.
Although I adored Suzanne, particularly the way she was presented as a fully realised woman (not some boy in drag), all of her development is previous to the story. She has already escaped, transformed, and established herself as a woman before we ever meet her. As for Anthony, his character definitely had potential, but everything about his presentation is awkward and confusing, almost as if the author didn't know who Anthony really was.
I must say, however, that the writing of this book is of a much higher calibre than I would have expected. A clear effort was made to match the style to the Victorian plot/setting, and (for the most part) it worked. The opening few pages, especially, were very well done. While the style weakened a bit towards the end, I certainly applaud the effort.
Not the greatest story ever told, but worth a quick read.