For 12 year old orphan Letty Denton life has never been anything but a
struggle. Brought up in an orphanage, she knows nothing of her family. Her only
links are a doll and a letter written by her mother before her death. The only
bright spot in the orphanage's harsh regime is her love for Alfie Melts - yet
even that is taken away when the administrator sells Letty into slavery.
Through hellish ordeals she finally escapes, Letty
ultimately ends up under the respectable employ of Mr Hailstead. For the first
time, Letty knows cleanliness and order, but life is set to change again when
plague stalks the streets. Now the only things that comfort Letty are the
visions she's experienced since childhood and the doll which has taken on the
essence of her mother. And worse is still to come as Letty's wealthy family
history is revealed, prompting a hitherto unknown cousin to send his man to
search out and kill her - but he's not the only one looking for Letty.
Anne's writing depicts the struggle for survival where the
odds are stacked against the underprivileged. She brings to life the conditions
of the time in which she writes, not of the rich, but of the poor. With an
alternately sympathetic and honest look at poverty, the story never lets up the
exciting pace, thundering to an end nobody can be certain about. It will appeal
to historical fiction readers, as well as those who enjoy a survival story.
Anne Willingale is a member of the Society of Authors. She writes children's stories, articles and short stories for magazines, and formed a writing group in Cambridgeshire in 2000 with three other authors which is still active today.