The Literature Hub
Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Mary Hooper
Publisher & Pages: Bloomsbury, 334 pages
Blurb: London, 1670. Fifteen-year-old Eliza Rose is thrown into Clink Prison for stealing a pasty. She is rescued by a brash, grubby woman known as Old Ma Gwyn, but her relief soon turns to horror when she realises the kind of life her new benefactress has in mind for her. Eliza has come to the City to search for her beloved father and a place to call home, but fate seems to be conspiring against her.
From orange seller to highwayman’s moll to lady’s maid, Eliza will take on many remarkable guises, but will she ever find out what she yearns to know – just where it is she truly belongs?
Highlight: It really did feel like it was set in the late 1600’s.
Caution: There are a few characters in this story that are completely fictional, so don’t mistake them for real life people.
Highlight: This story allows you to experience the prisons, the bawdy houses, and the royal court in one.
Caution: The relationship between Eliza and (we’ll call him her crush) felt very one sided. I couldn’t see them together at all.