In GIDEON THE CUTPURSE, Linda Buckley-Archer has two young teens stumble into 1763 London, and let's just say Hollywood it isn't.
Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky opens and out fall two curious-looking children. Peter and Kate have fallen from the twenty-first century with an antigravity machine, that Kate's father is working on. But before the teens have a chance to think straight, the Tar Man has stolen the machine and their chance to return home.
Peter and Kate, with the help of Gideon go to on a journey through 1763 London, complete with highwaymen(who don't look or smell anything like Adrian Paul of the Highlander television series), bug ridden inns and food, major body odor covered by beautiful clothing, and other things.
This is the first book of the series which will continue in the summer of 2007 with THE TAR MAN.
I really enjoyed this novel. I especially liked how the author captured the time period without romancing it. My only concern was the character Peter. I didn't think he was resistant enough to being stuck in 1763. Kate on the other hand was spunky and resistant. I almost would have rather this be her story. Also the ending rang hollow but I think that might have been done on purpose to open the way for book two.
GIDEON THE CUTPURSE is a Cybil nominated book.