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    Petals in the Ashes – Mary Hooper

    ***This is the second book in the series and will, unfortunately, include spoilers from the first book. Whilst all care is taken not to give away too much of the story this cannot be helped. If you do not want the story of At The Sign of the Sugared Plum spoiling please do not carry on. Sorry!!***  “’Rouse yourself, Hannah,’ Sarah said, shaking my shoulder a little. ‘ Tie your hair back… and can you not splash your face with water from the flask? We do not want to arrive at milady’s house looking like frowsy kitchen wenches.’” Hannah and her older sister, Sarah, had escaped London. As the plague…

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    At The Sign of The Sugared Plum

    “To tell the turth , I was rather glad to get away from Farmer Price and his rickety old cart. He made me uneasy with his hog’s reath and his red, sweaty face and the way he’d suddenly bellow our laughing at nothing at all. I was uneasy, too, about something he’d said when I’d told him I was going to London to join my sister Sarah in her shop. ‘You be going to live in the city, Hannah?’ he’d asked, pushing his battered hat up over his forehead. ‘Wouldnt think you’d want to go there.'” When Hannah gets the message from her sister that she is needed to help…

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    Newes From the Dead – Mary Hooper

    “It is very dark when I wake. This isn’t frightening in itself, because most of the year I rise In darkness, Sir Thomas insisting that as much as possible of the house be put in order before any of the family are about. It is the quality of the darkness that is strange; blacker than black, soft and close about me.” Anne is working as a scullery maid when she becomes pregnant. Too far gone to do much about it she gives birth on the first day of December 1650. The child never drew breath yet Anne is accused of its murder. Sentenced to death by hanging the body of…

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    Velvet – Mary Hooper

    “Velvet had fainted too many times, according to Mrs Sloane, and was liable to be dismissed from Ruffolds Steam Laundry. ‘It’s the rules,’ Said Mrs Sloane, the laundry supervisor, following Velvet out to the yeard and waving a bottle of smelling salts under her nose. ‘Anyone who can’t discipline themselves not to swoon has no place here. You’ve already gone down twice today.’” Following her father’s death Velvet managed to find herself a job at Ruffold’s Steam Laundry. However working next to the huge boilers for twelve hours a day made for a hard days labour and Velvet found herself almost at a loss. Persuading the Mistress of the Laundry…

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    Fallen Grace – Mary Hooper

    “Grace, holding on tightly to her precious burden, found the station entrance without much difficulty. The Necropolis Railway ran, just as Mrs Smith the midwife had said, on its own special line from Waterloo to Brookwood Cemetery in the county of Surrey, and it was at the London Station, just before eleven o’clock, that the newly bereaved gathered, all dress in the first stage of deep mourning.” Growing up as an orphan in Victorian London is difficult enough, and that’s before you take into account your sister who is a simple girl, your mothers belongings that are starting to dwindle as you pawn them and a terrible act which sees…