Genre: Historical Fiction
Age Level: 13 and up
# of Pages: 333 p.
RAC Book: Yes
Eliza Rose is shocked when her stepmother throws her onto the street and tells her she is no longer welcome at the home she has always known. She travels to London alone looking for her father who works as a carpenter. In the meantime she falls upon some hard times trying to survive. She experiences jail and many other horrors that the poor had to deal with during this time. She ends up getting rescued by Nell Gwyn, a real person who was believed to be a mistress of Charles II. Eliza must learn a lot about herself and her capabilities in order to find where she belongs.
The balance of actual people, events, and places with the fictional story make it seem as believable as possible. Eliza’s story is interesting, if not a bit predictable. The people she encounters and the situations they are in make the story really interesting and give an idea of what London was like in 1670 for everyone from the monarchy to the highwaymen. The fates of many she meets are bleak and not everyone gets saved in those situations like Eliza does. The ending seems quick, but is still an acceptable finish to this delightful story. Fans of historical fiction books will enjoy it.