Lily

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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?

 

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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?

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Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781784744564

Author

Tremain, Rose

Publisher

Chatto & Windus

Binding

Hardback

1 review for Lily

  1. Sarah TURNER

    Lily is abandoned as a newborn in London in Victorian England. Rescued and taken to the Foundling hospital she is fostered in the Suffolk countryside for the first 6 years of her life. But the rules of the Foundling Hospital are that all children have to be returned from foster care when they are 6 years old to learn skills to give themselves a profession to repay the hospital for taking them in as abandoned babies.
    Lily’s years at the hospital were brutal and the staff cruel and violent but she never forgot the love of her foster family and is desperate to find her way back to them.
    Beautifully written and a perfect heroine in Lily. She’s courageous and bold, but with a fragility as she seeks love after so much cruelty. You can’t fail to root for her throughout even though the book does open with her confessing to murder!

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