A book which negotiates clichés and pitfalls with surprising dexterity. The heroine of the book lives with her family in 18th Century Sussex and falls pregnant. Reluctant to bring shame on her family, she finds an opportunity to run away to London, where she is taken on as an apprentice to a firework maker.
Dreading being found out as her pregnancy progresses, she makes increasingly desperate plans to redeem herself, but each fails one by one. Gripped by the story, I couldn’t see any way out for her- and I was utterly surprised by the ending. Well worth a read if you enjoy historical fiction, and this début novel makes this an author to look out for.