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    Poppy – Mary Hooper

    “Poppy sat, bolt upright and uncomfortable, on one of the carved, wooden chairs in the blue drawing room of Airey House in the village of Mayfield. In front of her, looking equally out of place, sat Molly, the other parlourmaid. They were winding wool.” In December of 1914 its all change. Airey House is all about the war effect but the family are up in arms as one son goes off to fight in a way while the other claims to be needed on the estate. Poppy is greeted by an old teacher who tries to convince her to become a VAD nurse to help the war effort. There are…

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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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    Bookish and Blogish News (#31)

    Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy! *** New Signing: Amalie Howard signed to Strange Chemistry Strange Cheimstry have signed up author Amazlie Howard for two books, the first will be called The Almost Girl. The Almost Girl will be released in early 2014 and sounds like a must read for anyone out there who loves their dystopian/fantasy novels to have a hint of romance:  Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from…

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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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    In My Mailbox (#23)

    In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren, you probably already know that but if you don’t, go here and find out more!! Please ignore the bananas and plums and Guiness tin! lol This weeks mailbox has a slightly less noticable dinosaur on it! Its a purple sandwich box with a dino on the front, which the lovely Lynsey at Heaven Hell and Purgatory informed me about so I had to go buy it! 😉  Anyway… on to the books! 😀  Gifted/Won: Newes From the Dead – Mary Hooper Prophecy of the Sisters – Michelle Zink Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake I won Anna Dressed in Blood as a…

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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…