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Average read compared to her others
on 10 May 2010
Set towards the end of the Victorian era this is the story of Phoebe Drewett and her life as she escapes a brutal father and poverty only to descend into further trials when she is 'rescued' by a 'gentleman'. Said gentleman quite obviously isn't and there are all sorts of mysteries surrounding his existence and other plot lines which tie in with the story and are unravelled as the book progresses.
The characters are the usual mix of Victoriana; poor and desolate, middle class and desperate for more, rich and kind, rich and cruel, spoilt and nasty, spirited young girl who attracts lots of unsuitable men.
There is plenty of dialogue between all of the characters; some better than others. I felt that the author was attempting to write a bit like Jane Austen at times and it didn't quite work most of the time. I've read all of her books; some are awful, some are brilliant. This is firmly in the middle. It's just ok, wouldn't read it again unless I absolutely had to (unlike the Daughters of a Granite Land Trilogy which is outstanding).