THE REMARKABLE LIFE AND TIMES OF ELIZA ROSE by Mary Hooper

THE REMARKABLE LIFE AND TIMES OF ELIZA ROSE

Age Range: 12 - 15

KIRKUS REVIEW

Eliza Rose—cast out by her stepmother and imprisoned in 17th-century London for stealing a meat pie—is rescued by Ma Gwyn from the clink because of her green eyes and black hair. The crafty Ma sees a future for Eliza that may include whoring. But the stubborn Eliza is rescued by Ma’s daughter Nell, a vivacious actress and dancer who strives to be—and soon is—mistress to King Charles II, with Eliza as her companion and maid. While there’s a lot of period detail, Eliza herself seems willfully naïve and remarkably ignorant. Nell is the most vivid character, but she’s drawn in broad strokes; there’s more depth of feeling in the description of clothing and carriages than in that of any of the characters. Eliza’s own story comes clear in a most fairytale-like ending complete with a possible suitor named Valentine. (cast of characters and places) (Historical fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-58234-854-5
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2006




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