The Fugitive Colours
By Nancy Bilyeau
The highly anticipated follow-up to the sweeping historical thriller The Blue.
As Genevieve Sturbridge, a Huguenot living in Spitalfields, struggles to keep her silk design business afloat, she must face the fact that London in 1764 is very much a man’s world. Men control the arts and sciences, men control politics and law, and men control women.
Then one day she receives a surprise invitation from an important artist. Grasping at the promise of a better life, she dares to hope her luck is about to change and readies herself for an entry into the world of serious art.
But she soon learns that while fame and fortune are there for the taking for the portrait painters who rule over the wealthy, such high stakes spur rivalries that darken to sabotage and blackmail — even murder. And watching from the shadows are ruthless spies who wish harm to all of England.
Genevieve begins to suspect that her own secret past, mired in conspiracy and betrayal, has more to do with her entrée into London society than her talent.
A sequel to Nancy Bilyeau’s The Blue, The Fugitive Colours reveals a dazzling world of glamour and treachery in Georgian England, when beauty held more value than human life. She immerses readers in a fictionalized account of real lives and events whilst staying faithful to the historical and social context.