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Sanitised Historical Children's Story ?
on 20 July 2012
I probably bought his by accident thinking it was a serious book for grown up people but in fact it reads like pre-teenage fiction. I don't know how one reader could call it "racy" as there isn't anything that even alludes to racy-ness barring one or two very chaste kisses .
Historically, it reads as though the author did a bit of research in the form of reading books for background information into the Great Plague (she quotes Pepys's Diary and W G Bell and also Liza Picard's Restoration London - and to be honest, if you want to know about the Great Plague , these books will tell you much more than ATSOT Sugared Plum ) but the characters she drew were very dull and boring and one- dimensional which one would expect in pre teenage fiction books and although I finished it, I was bored by the end of it . If there is a sequel to this book, I won't be in a hurry to find out what happened to Hannah and Sarah and baby Grace .
The only part which interested me was the description of the Royal Exchange - because I used to work there !