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
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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
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
To start with the negative aspects I just couldn't help myself but not like Hannah. She was just too selfish and vain. There was a point when I just coudln't stand her talking about her freckles and curly hair anymore. Or like the scene when she says. " Oh I am not sure if putting a flower behind your ear will keep the plague away, but it looks really good so I better do the sam ...more
If you like to learn about history as you read, this book takes you back to a long-remembered moment in English history. I like to enjoy a good story rather than read a text book, so this an ideal way for me, and those like me, to immerse ourselves in those poignant moments.
You are transported back to the sights, sounds and smells within the city of London. The fear of living at such a time is experienced by t ...more
The story of a young girl in 1665 heads to her sister's 'sweetmeat' shop - thus the title - and we experience with her the oncoming bubonic plague in London. Thisd reads so easily that i had finished it in one evening! Enjoyable fiction based on historical data. Good fun ...more
1665, London, England. Hannah is so excited when her older sister Sarah writes and asks her to come and work for her. When Hannah arrives, she is shocked to learn that plague has come to London. Sarah had written a second letter telling Hannah to stay away, but Hannah never got it. Now, Hannah and Sarah, trapped in the city along with the rest of its inhabitants, must struggle to survive.
Continued in: "Petals in the Ashes"
I think readers who enjoyed Anderson's "Fever 1793" would al ...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