ABOUT THE BOOK
Nobody knows yet that she is a murderer…
Abandoned at the gates of a London park one winter’s night in 1850, baby Lily Mortimer is saved by a young police constable and taken to the London Foundling Hospital. Lily is fostered by an affectionate farming family in rural Suffolk, enjoying a brief childhood idyll before she is returned to the Hospital, where she is punished for her rebellious spirit. Released into the harsh world of Victorian London, Lily becomes a favoured employee at Belle Prettywood’s Wig Emporium, but all the while she is hiding a dreadful secret…
Across the years, policeman Sam Trench keeps watch over the young woman he once saved. When Sam meets Lily again, there is an instant attraction between them and Lily is convinced that Sam holds the key to her happiness – but might he also be the one to uncover her crime and so condemn her to death?
A young policeman Sam Trench finds a baby at the gates of a London park in the winter of 1850. He takes her to The London Foundling Hospital, but she is never far from his thoughts. She is named Lily Mortimer, after the Lady who sponsored her. Lily is fostered out to a loving farming family, in Suffolk, where she knows, what it is to be loved. She is treated well and cared for. She gets lots of fresh air and fresh foods to eat.
But at six years old, it is the law that the child is returned to the Foundling Hospital. She is heartbroken to be left there and constantly gets into trouble for being outspoken. Life in the orphanage is cruel as the children are disgracefully punished for simply being children born out of wedlock or to poor families.
The story follows Lily through her time at the hospital and beyond, as it drops back and jumps forward in perfect harmony. From her early years, Lily had been taught skills that would give her a step up in life, nothing is easy but, she has the spirit to do what she wants in life. I liked Lily, who was strong on the outside but seemed like she had a hole in her that would always stay empty.
Lily does not have a lot of friends and only lets people in when she feels a connection. Lily is a fabulous character that I wanted to protect on every page. Sam Trench is never far away from Lily but, she has a secret that could be the end of her. This is a stunning story of love, betrayal and true grit. A heartbreaking historical story, that is unforgettable
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR1850
Rose Tremain’s novels have won many prizes including: the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence); the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country); the Sunday Express Book of the Year, the Angel Literary Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Restoration) and a Giles Cooper Award (for her radio play, Temporary Shelter). Her novel The Colour, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and selected for the Daily Mail Reading Club promotion. In June 2007 Rose was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.