More outward-looking than the first book,
This review is from: Forged in the Fire (Paperback)
The sequel to No Shame, No Fear this is, in some ways, more sensationalist than its quiet predecessor. Will is now in London while Susanna waits in Shropshire, but when his letters stop coming she decides to go and look for him.
I felt the jealousy element that separates our lovers was a little out of place here, a sop to the genre conventions of love stories. And the plague and fire, while done well, changed the tone of the book, making it more outward looking in comparison with the interiority of the first book.
I also felt that the sentimentality got a little too overt here, while the first book was admirably restrained. I'm still glad I read it and have an ending to Will and Susanna's story but I think the first book was a tad better.