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Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper
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Jun 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, youngadult

Magnificent!

This book is a fascinating look at Victorian England, not just the life of the poor, but also the strange and elaborate funerary traditions that arose at that time. The rules of mourning, the rise of the funeral business, all is covered in lavish detail that is nevertheless effortless. No info dumps to be found here, but merely a great story so well-researched that the author could put these little details in seamlessly.

And can I tell you how much I loved the characters? I was tense from the first page, because from the first page I loved Grace, with her tragic beauty, and her simple but loving sister Lily, and I was afraid for them every minute. Would they lose everything? Would they be separated? What would happen to them?

You must read this book! It's just simply wonderful! I want more!
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Reading Progress

June 7, 2011 – Shelved
August 31, 2011 – Started Reading
August 31, 2011 –
page 110
34.38% "Picked it up from the stack and idly read the first page...NOW I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!"
September 1, 2011 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
September 1, 2011 – Shelved as: youngadult
September 1, 2011 – Finished Reading

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