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Petals in the Ashes Kindle Edition
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I highly recommend this book to all readers who enjoyed the first book about Hannah, "At the Sign of the Sugared Plum." I also recommend it to new readers who enjoy historical fiction and are interested in this time period. Hannah is a wonderful character, and her struggle for survival is riveting. I hope Mary Hooper writes another book about Hannah's adventures, as I would love to read it.
I had read Geraldine Brooks's "Year of Wonders" which is also centred around the plague and I highly recommend this to older teens (it is adult historical fiction).
I thoroughly enjoyed "Petals in the Ashes" which starts in London with the plague in full swing.
Hannah and her sister Sarah are lucky to be able to leave the town sponsored by a wealthy family who ask them to take their baby to safety in Dorchester.
On their arrival they are horrified to find that they have to stay for a month in a squalid, stinking "pesthouse".
Once they are released there follows a limbo period where they are cared for by the baby's aunt, but are not really part of the household.
As soon as the threat from the plague is considered sufficiently reduced, they return to their parents in the countryside.
Money is tight and Hannah is keen to return to London where her sweetheart may still be alive.
Sarah stays to help her mother who is due to deliver in a couple of months, so Anne, the next youngest sister accompanies Hannah, who plans to reopen their sweet shop that has been boarded up since they fled from the plague.
Various adventures ensue, but the Great Fire of London is like nothing they've ever had to deal with before.
Full of fascinating historical content and well written, I'd highly recommend this book to both adults and children.
I'd also like to read the prequel, 'At the Sign of the Sugar Plum".
I'm an avid reader and came across this book by chance in my library and I have to say I fell in love with it.It's simplicity is beautiful yet it still manages to provoke an array of emotions especially concerning the main character and her circumstances.I have always loved London and how it is portrayed in the book makes me fall in love with it even more and I now desperately want to go back.This book has to be my favourite read and that is certainly a great achievement having read so many and of different genres.A lot of people say 'I couldn't put it down',but I mean it when I say I really couldn't,the inner conflict of the character alongside the romance that develops made me so emotional and in a state of nervous deposition,I think I read this book within two days,that has to be the fastest I have ever read a book and now I'm going to seek out other books from this author.I eagerly encourage you to read this book,it's magical,I grew such a fondness for the main character and her optimism to continue her delicate occupation whilst London is in such a predicament at the time.I certainly developed a taste for crystallised petals after having read this book.Having reflected on this book I think I may even have to return to the library,find it and re-read it.
Mary Hooper,this book is amazing,I thank you for such an enjoyable read.
I had to finish the story.
Petals in the Ashes loses nothing of what was wonderful in the first book. Hannah and her sister return home but unlike her older sister Hannah misses London. As the plague continues to subside Hannah manages to convince her parents to let her return, taking her younger sister Anne with her.
Hannah's character grows a lot from the first book, now she is the responsible older sibling. Thankfully she doesn't lose any of her charm because of this. Both girls, particularly Hannah endure a lot of trails in this book and I would say that Petals in the Ashes has a more dramatic ending then the first story.
You don't have to read At the Sign of the Sugared Plum to appreciate this book but I think you'd love it even more if you did. As always there are little historical notes and treats at the end of the story.
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