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The Fleece Inn stood where the three roads joined - the roads to London, to Norwich, and to the sea. Its trade was prosperous, its hospitality famous, and the host was jolly and generous. To his servants he was cruel and menacing, and to Ellie Roon, the most menial servant at the Fleece, he was a figure of terror. Ellie was used to being bullied, but when her illegitimate daughter was born - in a rat-ridden attic of the Fleece - she decided that Hester must have a different kind of life. And so, Hester Roon began her eventful progress in the harsh world of 18th century England. After fleeing from the inn, and the attentions of the owner, she became involved in the London underworld. From there she found herself in a world far beyond her imaginings.
©1940 Norah Lofts; (P)2008 Soundings
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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-29-08

Hester Roon

I'm a fan of historical fiction. This was one of those stories that I couldn't quit listening to.
I loved how the story was so detailed but without using language that was offensive. The view of history in those times is informative and real as to how people actually lived. I can recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read. The author left the ending so that an ongoing history of Hester's life would make another great read.

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