Young-Adult Book Review on At the Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper
It is 1665 and Hannah is full of excitement at the prospect of her first trip to London. She is going to help her sister, Sarah, in her candy shop, ‘The Sugared Plum’. But Hannah does not get the welcoming reception she expected from her sister, because the Plague is taking hold of London. However, Hannah is determined to stay and together the two young women face the worst-with the possibility of their own demise, growing ever closer. But through it all they persevere with the support of their neighbors and each other. And at last, they find hope in a daring attempt to escape the city.
My Thoughts after Reading
This young YA book is set in London during the Great Plague in 1665.
Our heroine joins her sister in her busy confectionery shop in London. She arrives when the Plague was just beginning, in places far from them. However the cases grow week by week and the locations come closer and closer to home.
I enjoyed reading about the confectionary shop. It was fascinating to learn about the treats in its the era. I also enjoyed reading about the excitement in London before the plague took hold. The author paints a vivid picture of how things develop week on week.
If you want to travel back to the 17th century, check out this book. 3/5