…thoroughly researched and vividly written through all the senses, convincingly evoking externally all the sounds, squalor and smells of a Victorian industrial city, and internally the feel and weight of clothing and the shabbiness of unloved rooms. The dénouement satisfies, and the ending is unexpectedly unconventional. – Katherine Mezzacappa – Historical Novel Society




‘Expertly researched, compellingly narrated – a terrific read’ – Patricia O’Reilly (The First Rose of Tralee, Orpen at War)

‘A rich tapestry of a novel…deception, past love, hard choices, amidst the cruelty of the times.’ – Jo Schaffel (Somewhere Besides Denver)

‘An entrancing and gripping story, beautifully told…a great historical thriller.’ – Susan Lanigan (White Feathers, Lucia’s War, Unfortunate Stars)

‘Deliciously terrifying!’  – Annette Libeskind Berkovits (The Corset Maker)

‘Evocative and immersive…bringing the horror of the Famine alive.’ – LM West (This Fearful Thing, The Unnamed) 

This novel has great heart and humanity and contains a meticulously plotted narrative that kept this reviewer turning pages until, at last, all its themes came together in a satisfying ending. It is a story for our times. – Carol McGrath – Historical Novel Society