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    The Quietness – Alison Rattle

    “It was a wet day. The rain had turned the roads to sludge. Everyone unlucky enough to be out on the streets hurried past Queenie, without even glancing at the heap of fruit she’d polished to gleaming on her skirts. no matter how hard she shouted, ‘PENNY A LOT, FINE RUSSETS!’ or, ‘EIGHT A PENNY, STUNNING PEARS!’” Queenie and her father seem fruit on the streets of victorian London, the family rarely has two coins to rub together. There are seven of them all living in one room and when Da disappears for days, sometimes weeks, on end her mother has to turn to other means to make money.  Ellen…

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    The Disgrace of Kitty Grey – Mary Hooper

    “Suddenly nervous about why the two young ladies had asked to meet me in secret, I hurried through the kitchen, went up the servant’s stairs and stood waiting in the hallway between the drawing room and the front parlour, just as Miss Sophia and Miss Alice had requested.” Kitty was a milkmaid, perfectly happily working in the dairy of Bridgeford Hall. She was carefree and loved her job, and had her eye on Will, the river crossing man. The sweethearts seemed to be made for each other so when Will’s older sister falls on hard times and Will asks Kitty to watch out for his younger sister Betsy, Kitty has…

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    Dark Warning – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

    “I was about four when I saw Matt Davern’s spaniel bite John Reilly’s hand. Nothing strange in that ‘cept I saw that dog bite John Reilly a full five minutes before John Reilly even reached out to pat the cross old thing.” Taney Tyrell can see things before they happen; she has a gift, a gift passed down to her from the mother she can’t remember. Her father won’t speak of it and used to keep a close eye on Taney for any strange behaviour. Her father moved on and married Mary Kate, a stern woman who means well but won’t stand for nonsense. But when Taney’s father loses his…

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    India Dark – Kirsty Murray

    “Daisy opened her mouth and lies flew out. Her face so pink and white, her lips so plump and sweet, her lies so vile. I had to cover my ears. I shut my eyes too, wanitng to block out the courtroom, to neither see nor hear the evil. The men in black gowns, the crowd of newspaper reporters, the swirling fans, Eliza weeping, Mr Arthur and his pale face, Daisy and her lies. Everything.” Its 1910. Poesy Swift has been travelling for nearly a year with the Percival Lilliputian Opera Company. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing. After arriving in India the company was in trouble right from the…

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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…