London, 1861. Each day Grace must find a new way of earning enough money to pay the rent for the bleak, cold room that she and her sister live in, and to buy them enough - just - to eat.
But there is a different danger threatening Grace, a danger linked to an event in her past that she is desperate to forget. Grace has caught the eye of the Unwins, an unscrupulous family whose shady business dealings are those of death and mourning, and who will stop at nothing to defraud two young women of what is rightfully theirs...A gripping, fast-paced novel for older children about two poverty-stricken sisters and their struggle to survive in Victorian London.
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A wonderful homage to Dickens
Stunning Performance, wonderful story
This is at the top of my list. I have heard some fabulous audiobooks this year. This one has seriously struck a chord with me. Kate Byers does a fantastic, truly remarkable job doing the voices of the various characters.
Lily, the "simple" sister, is extremely compelling. But her sister Grace is just as powerful, a young woman of such wisdom, bravery and moral/psychological fortitude.
No, I have not. I'll be looking out for more of her work.
When Grace goes to see Lily at the Unman's(?) to see how Lily is holding up, it is just so heartbreakingly powerful. It reminded me of times when I was crushed and full of despair over something, and my big sister's efforts were to make me feel more brave, help me to endure. This moment was so totally poignant and unforgettable. As are others in the story!
I want to find this performance on a CD so I can send it to my sister!