Fallen Grace

Fallen Grace

Book - 2010
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Grace Parkes has just had to do a terrible thing. Having given birth to an illegitimate child, she has travelled to the famed Brookwood Cemetery to place her small infant's body in a rich lady's coffin. Following the advice of a kindly midwife, this is the only way that Grace can think of to give something at least to the little baby who died at birth, and to avoid the ignominy of a pauper's grave.

Distraught and weeping, Grace meets two people at the cemetery: Mrs Emmeline Unwin and Mr James Solent. These two characters will have a profound effect upon Grace's life. But Grace doesn't know that yet. For now, she has to suppress her grief and get on with the business of living: scraping together enough pennies selling watercress for rent and food; looking after her older sister, who is incapable of caring for herself; thwarting the manipulative and conscience-free Unwin family, who are as capable of running a lucrative funeral business as they are of defrauding a young woman of her fortune.

A stunning evocation of life in Victorian London, with vivid and accurate depictions, ranging from the deprivation that the truly poor suffered to the unthinking luxuries enjoyed by the rich: all bound up with a pacy and thrilling plot, as Grace races to unravel the fraud about to be perpetrated against her and her sister.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2010.
ISBN: 9780747599128
9780747599135
0747599130
Characteristics: 1 v. ;,20 cm.

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WGHolw
Feb 26, 2013

Wouldn't recommend for younger than 16 yrs. Deals with some heavy issues early on. Good read, although the characters are a bit translucent considering their background. Good story for young adults.

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timehascome
Mar 21, 2012

A very exciting read. The plight of the very poor in London 1800s weaves through the story of suspense and intrigue. Loved it.

LifefilledNights Feb 14, 2012

A great read. The plot was interesting and the characters were too. Very mysterious and eery, no clich├ęs. This book made me realize my live for historical fiction.

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EmilyChristopher
Aug 20, 2011

This was a really good book! The plot was interesting and and the ending was perfect!!

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Riceyy
May 15, 2011

This was the first of Mary Hooper's books that I read, and it was actually very enjoyable. Although, what mislead me at first was the description on the cover, "Death can be haunting". This was perhaps not the best way to describe the events of this story, but still somewhat suitable.
The setting was great, I loved the descriptions, and the characters' circumstances were so believable. Great book. :)

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Feb 26, 2013

WGHolw thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

LifefilledNights Feb 14, 2012

LifefilledNights thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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