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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Victorian Fiction, 9 April 2013
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1899 and it's survival of the fittest on the streets of London and for young Jane life is tougher than for most with not only the pain of her crippled bones to contend with, but the daily hurtful taunts regarding her as a useless freak of nature. Jane is bright and resourceful though and has a hunger for learning and knowledge. When her heartless family move on leaving her behind, she endears herself to her landlady and starts working as an assistant to her landlady's husband - a doctor who helps showgirls with their 'problems'. Through her work, Jane becomes entangled in the case of an unexplained death, but who is going to believe a poor cripple girl's story?

I thought this was going to be a run of the mill Victorian London novel - I was wrong. This was a beautifully and sympathetically written account of a strong young woman, who most unusually for fictional Victorian heroines was not reliant on her charm and looks and that made it all somewhat refreshing, I really felt for Jane and her plight. I loved the characterisation and the bawdy descriptions of the time - a very enjoyable and well written book.
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