Standalone Sunday is a feature created here where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend!
This week I am highlighting My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time by Liz Jensen!
Paraphrased from Goodreads:
A thrilling rollercoaster of a novel bursting with sex, time travel, and true love. Charlotte Schleswig supports herself and the lumpen Fru Schleswig (who may or may not be her mother) as a prostitute in 1890s Copenhagen. While she is no small success at the trade, she leaps at a new job opportunity for herself and Fru Schleswig, as cleaning ladies for the wealthy widow Krak. But mysteries abound at Fru Krak’s dark old mansion. The basement appears to be haunted, townspeople claim to have seen the dead Professor Krak walking the streets as a ghost, and there are stories of desperate souls who paid the professor a visit and never emerged. In fact, as Charlotte will discover, there is a simple explanation for all this: the basement is home to a time machine. When their cunning investigations land them in trouble, Charlotte and Fru Schleswig find themselves catapulted through time and space to modern-day London, and there their adventures truly begin.
This book was a super interesting and easy read. I mean, it’s about a time-travelling prostitute. Who wouldn’t want to read that?? It really puts prostitution in a good light. It doesn’t glorify it, per se, but it also doesn’t vilify it, and it highlights it as a way to make ends meet for many people.
There’s really not much more to say! I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a fun read, or are into time travel and mysteries (ish).
Thanks for reading! xx