Review: Fallen Grace

06 February 2011

title: Fallen Grace
author: Mary Hooper
stars: 3
review by kirthi (ARC)
summary from Goodreads
pages: 320

Grace Parkes has just had to do a terrible thing. Having given birth to an illegitimate child, she has travelled to the famed Brookwood Cemetery to place her small infant's body in a rich lady's coffin. Following the advice of a kindly midwife, this is the only way that Grace can think of to give something at least to the little baby who died at birth, and to avoid the ignominy of a pauper's grave. Distraught and weeping, Grace meets two people at the cemetery: Mrs Emmeline Unwin and Mr James Solent. These two characters will have a profound affect upon Grace's life. But Grace doesn't know that yet. For now, she has to suppress her grief and get on with the business of living: scraping together enough pennies selling watercress for rent and food; looking after her older sister, who is incapable of caring for herself; thwarting the manipulative and conscience-free Unwin family, who are as capable of running a lucrative funeral business as they are of defrauding a young woman of her fortune. A stunning evocation of life in Victorian London, with vivid and accurate depictions, ranging from the deprivation that the truly poor suffered to the unthinking luxuries enjoyed by the rich: all bound up with a pacy and thrilling plot, as Grace races to unravel the fraud about to be perpetrated against her and her sister
My thoughts:
 This book was...a good past-time read. I didn't find it as entertaining as I had hoped. The story could've been more developed and the characters were obscure and disappointing. In the end, I didn't really enjoy this book.

  • very evil fraud that kept me reading
  • undeveloped characters
  • novel is overall short and lacking in details
  • a little confusing in the order of events.

3 thoughts:

  1. Aww. Such a shame there are more cons than pros. But great honest review! :)

  2. It's too bad you didn't enjoy the book! It's disappointing when something doesn't live up to expectations.

    Thanks for the review!

  3. It sounds interesting. Where do you find these books Kirthi? Okay bye!


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