Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: Kitty is living a happy, carefree life as a dairymaid in the countryside. The grand family she is employed by looks after her well, and she loves her trade, caring for the gentle cows and working in the cool, calm dairy. And then, of course, there is Will, the river man who she thinks is very fond of her, and indeed she is of him. Surely he will ask her to marry him soon? Then one day disaster strikes: Will disappears. Kitty is first worried and then furious. She fears that Will has only been leading her on all this time, and has now gone to London to make his fortune, forgetting about her completely. So when Kitty is asked to go to London to pick up a copy of Pride and Prejudice, the latest novel by the very fashionable Jane Austen, Kitty leaps at the chance to track down Will. But Kitty has no idea how vast London is, and how careful she must be. It is barely a moment before eagle-eyed pickpockets have spotted the country-born-and-bred Kitty and relieved her of her money and belongings. Dauntingly fast, she has lost her only means of returning home and must face the terrifying prospect of stealing in order to survive – and of being named a thief…
200words (or less) review: There is a certain reassurance about picking up a Mary Hooper book. Before I read the first paragraph I know the story will be alive. The world I’m stepping into will be around me, not restricted to the pages it’s written on.
The Disgrace of Kitty Grey certainly took me on a journey. While I enjoyed the beginning I was neither overlay fond of Kitty nor that interested in her work. It wasn’t until she reached London that my emotions went off the deep end. At one point I was actually in tears, which isn’t common – believe me!
I can’t decide on the ending, I was all set on Kitty’s journey going one way when it did took a different route. The popular choice maybe but after the emotional roller-coaster I’d been through with Kitty it wasn’t what I’d pictured.
When it comes to YA Historical Fiction Mary Hooper reigns supreme. The Disgrace of Kitty Grey provides a vivid and emotional journey of a young woman in an unfair justice system.