About the book
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.”
Reviewed by Hayling Reading Group:
This is an impressive first novel, set in Derbyshire in the 17th Century at the time of the Plague. A charismatic rector persuades the villagers to isolate themselves to prevent it spreading. A gripping read, if sometimes dark and disturbing will keep the reader enthralled.