Quicunque vult: A forward girl, ready to oblige every man that shall ask her.
(Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811)
A feisty Irish prostitute with a murky past finds herself stuck in London’s East End in the year of the Ripper.
Reeling from a series of bad choices and even worse luck, buxom redhead Mary Jane needs to quit her immoral life. She’s approaching thirty years of age, which means her best days are coming to an end, and she’s running out of time to better herself.
Ever cognizant of the narrowing window of opportunity before her, the openly sapphic and increasingly reluctant harlot sets her mind to escape from Whitechapel, her wishy-washy plans spurred on all the more when she meets Eva: an inexperienced young flower girl who falls keenly into her embrace and her bed.
Determined to shield the poorly educated and impecunious sixteen-year-old against the corrupting influence of men, and the desperate misery of poverty that drives so many naive slum girls to the streets, Mary Jane will do whatever it takes to preserve Eva’s innocence, and to keep the wolf from baying at their door. Even if it kills her.
***Contains graphic & explicit language, including (non-erotic) M/F sex and sexual violence***
This book is based on the lives of real people, although certain characters, events, and timelines have been created or changed for dramatic effect.