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Lovely story of Victorian life,
This review is from: Fallen Grace (Paperback)
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Grace and Lily are young sisters in a desperate situation; living hand-to-mouth and fending for themselves after the death of their mother. They remember happier times, when they had some money and some security, but now every day is a struggle for survival. At the mercy of other peoples whims, the weather, and random chance, with the rest of the world out to take what little they have, life goes from bad to worse, and they are left destitute.
Grace is pregnant after a rape; considering herself a 'fallen woman' she eventually finds a midwife who will help her deliver her baby, but he is stillborn. Distraught, she nonetheless finds the strength to bury him in the only way she can, and to return to her older sister, who has what would now be called 'learning difficulties' and could not survive without her. But life is harsh, and she has to make choices and take work she hates just to keep herself and Lily alive.
It is a harrowing and thought-provoking story of a girl's determination to survive, her resourcefulness, and reluctant use of the rare help offered to her. It is also a story of the harshness of Victorian life and the unscrupulous and remorseless side of human nature. There was one episode I found ridiculously unbelievable, but it was convenient for the plot, and did not detract from the story overall.