At the Sign of the Sugared Plum (Sign of the Sugared Plum #1)
‘You be going to live in the city, Hannah?' Farmer Price asked, pushing his battered hat up over his forehead. ‘Wouldn''t think you'd want to go there . . . Times like this, I would have thought your sister would try and keep you away.' Hannah is oblivious to Farmer Price's dark words, excited as she is about her first ever trip to London to help her sister in her shop ‘Th...more
There were particularly good descriptions of what London was like at the time (1665) and what the plague must have been like. I gradually grew to care deeply for the characters. Reading about the human suffering was palpable and hea ...more
Sarah is horrified when she arrives. She had sent a note to her that Hannah never received warning her of th ...more
The dialogue was done beautifully - it 'sounded' natural and authentic, though of course it was in modern English, because Hooper got the rhythm right, and avoided all idioms that aren't common in both Hannah's era and ours.
I loved that there were minimal tropes - no guttersnipes with noble bearing, no brutal master making the ...more
I can't say I know too much about the plague, and I'm sure that the authors descriptions although sometimes graphic, were no where near as horrible as the sights people of that era actually took it. I found the book one part education ...more
The historical and geographical descriptions in this book were outstanding. Late 17th Century Plague-ridden London, as the common people experienced it, was felt/seen/smelled/watched/navigated with authenticity and that was such a treat, as I have long had an interest in those things. Even with the bit of knowledge I possess already, I learned so many new things about what life was like for people who lived through that.
The story-telling was also compe ...more
In this story, Mary Ho ...more
This turned out to be a really good historical read. I was suitably enthralled, disgusted and excited all at the same time. Enthralled by the events going on, disgusted by the pla ...more
Despite its shortness (160 pages-ish) it doesn't skimp on characterisation or plot as we follow Hannah as she arrives in London to assist her older sister in her sweetmeats shop "The Sugared Plum", only to have her view of the exciting and glamourous big city turned upside down by the "visitation" of the Plague.
The plot is simple and undemanding, but the depiction of s ...more
My aunt bought me this book yeeeeeaaars ago (2006 to be precise) when we went to the Globe Museum Shop in London.
I do not know why it has remained unread til now, that's insane, especially as it has less then 200 pages.
Must have always slipped my eyes somehow, skinny-minny thing that it is.
I finally finally read it!
And it was a really good solid read.
I think I would have enjoyed it even more eight years ago, because then I read all sorts of ya historical fiction set in th ...more
Hannah did annoy me at first because she was a very stereotypical, 'fresh from the country' girl, she's very naive and the only things on her mind are getting rid of her freckles and the latest fashions. However, after seeing all the horrors of the ...more
The story focuses on Hannah, a young girl from the country who moves t ...more
Ein wundervolles Buch, das mich rasch in seinen Bann gezogen hat. Voller Leben und detailreich wird das historisch ...more