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on 10 May 2007
Dunmore once returns to a historical novel, as she did in The Siege, which remains one of my favourites by her, along with A Spell in Winter. All her books, whether contemporary or historical, take their plot from the characters.
This book is set in Finland in turbulent (and fascinating) political times, but wears its research lightly.
It is the story of Eeva, daughter of a political activist, who is sent to an orphanage and from there into service, working for a country doctor.
This is a wonderful book, deft and elegant, without being difficult or condescending.