What a writer!! Black Silk captures the nuances in English life that other regency writers don't (probably because they've never been there.) Coming from England myself and a huge fan of the regency genre, I have always rolled my eyes when reading the 'latest and greatest' regency romance. And none have ever struck a chord like Judith Ivory has in this book.
The story tells of a widow; Submit, who is asked to deliver a package after her late husband dies. It is adressed to Graham Wessit, the earl of Netham; her husbands cousin, whom she has never seen nor met. However, the earl seems to recognise what is in the package and refuses to take it; seemingly taking more of an interest in Submit herself. As Graham finds himself more and more attracted to the aloof Submit, she finds that she has her own 'demons' to deal with.
I loved this book because its characters were 'real'; both of the subjects were totally flawed; and in Grahams case, he makes no apologies for it.
This book was excellent for me because it (almost accurately) gave a description of Cambridge University (which holds the best parties)and the stats on the state of the cricket (which Australia is winning at the moment). She has successfully, in my opinion, captured everything that is British in this novel.