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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read with a great heroine!, 25 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Fallen Grace (Paperback)
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I loved this young adult read, and will definitely be looking out for more books by Mary Hooper. Set in 1861 and featuring young Grace, and her sister Lily, who Grace looks after, as despite being the younger of the two in age, Grace is more worldly-wise than the sweet but more naÔve Lily. Forced through circumstances which are revealed in the novel to leave the orphanage where they had future plans, they now live in poverty and scratch out a meagre amount of money buying and selling watercress, though the proceeds of this barely keeps them in food and rent. At the start of the novel, we meet poor Grace as she is in the process of carrying out a tragic act, and at her destination she meets two people who will come to play very different but equally influential roles in her life, Mr Solent and Mrs Unwin.

It's a cracking story, an exciting plot, with cruel villains, a very likeable heroine and some amiable kindly folk too. The atmosphere and period setting is evoked beautifully, there's even a mention for a certain Mr Dickens and for Prince Albert. I felt I was transported back to Victorian times as I was reading. I was rooting for kind, hard-working Grace, hoping that her fortunes would change and that justice would be done. The descriptions of the fascination with mourning, and the elaborate graveyard decorations of the period are very vivid. I loved discovering the Necropolis railway and Brookwood cemetery, all very dark and mysterious. A fabulous and highly recommended read.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2011 20:25:15 BDT
Maisie Two says:
Dear L H Healy,

What a lovely person you sound! FAR nicer than the person who wrote on these pages that my book was "hamster bedding". Ah, but of course you can't please all the people all the time, and I thank you very much for your brilliant review. Love from Mary Hooper x

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2011 11:13:09 GMT
L. H. Healy says:
Mary, thank you very much for your kind comment. I loved this book. It's the first of yours that I've read and I can't wait to read more. I've been recommended 'Velvet' which I shall buy next. I think that's an awful comment that someone has made. It's a really cracking story I loved it. All best wishes, Lindsay
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L. H. Healy
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Location: Cambridgeshire, UK

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