Narrator Julia Winwood evokes the challenges of living in London's East End in the mid-nineteenth century. Soul-wrenching poverty, filthy conditions, and fatal illness prevail. Widow Ellen O'Casey struggles to support her family, taking in laundry by day, singing at a seedy pub at night, and saving every possible penny for passage to New York. Winwood captures both Ellen's exhaustion and her personal dignity. She depicts the poignancy of Ellen's plight as she falls for Dr. Robert Munroe, a man above her station, who is working to eliminate the East End's inhumane living conditions. Winwood's voice grows intense as Ellen fights off the attentions of dangerous gangster Danny Donovan and grows terrified when Danny's jealousy boils over. This first book in a series ensures that listeners will look forward to more from Fullerton and Winwood. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2019]
Trade Ed. Bolinda Audio 2019
DD ISBN $30.54
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