by Geraldine Brooks
★★★★★ A really excellent book to read. Quite informative of the characters daily lives. Sad to read about living during the time of the Black Death. The heroine was wonderfully characterized. I would recommend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in this time period.
★★★★★ This is one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have read in a very long time. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a novel not a diary. The author has done an amazing job of recreating the epoch, the characters and the dialogue. Other reviewers have described the story which is based on true events. Brooks’ depth of knowledge regarding the dress, dialogue, religious beliefs of the time is truly impressive. The plague is vividly portrayed. This book is highly recommended.
★★★★★ I could not stop reading this book – it was full of the conflicts of human beings faced with fear, despair, and eventually hope. Vivid descriptions of the countryside, the village, and the way these people lived their lives as a community. I found the descriptions of plague symptoms, the physical ailments the people suffered from, and labor and childbirth very interesting.
★★★★★ One of the most memorable books I’ve ever read. I read it years ago, and it still reverberates in my mind. The truth of the events is amazing. And to follow the story beyond the novel is even more so.
★★★★★ Novel about a true story and very brave, courageous people living in a small village community. I live near this village and Eyam is a wonderful place to walk around and learn more of its history.
An unforgettable tale of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”