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The Fortunes of Grace Hammer

A Novel of the Victorian Underworld

Sara Stockbridge (Author)

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"Stockbridge captures the mood of Dickensian London perfectly in this gripping debut."—Booklist

Whitechapel, 1888. Grace Hammer and her children live comfortably in Bell Lane, their home a little oasis in the squalor of London’s East End. They make their living picking the pockets of wealthy strangers foolish enough to venture there. But Grace’s history is about to catch up with her. Out in the countryside Mr. Blunt rocks in his chair, vowing furious retribution. He has never forgotten his scarlet treasure, or the coquettish young woman who stole it from him.

Fast-paced, racy, and reminiscent of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist, Grace Hammer depicts nineteenth-century London amid corruption and a plague of poverty, peopled by orphans, harlots, and petty thieves. Sara Stockbridge introduces an unlikely heroine in Grace Hammer, a captivating young matriarch in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, loyalties, and betrayal. Originally published in hardcover as Grace Hammer.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33907-9
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Starred Review. This first novel reads like early Dickens, with every character name aptly fitting its owner, and each scene piquantly described.... Stockbridge captures the mood of Dickensian London perfectly in this gripping debut.” — Jen Baker, Booklist

“This fast-paced tale is at its best when the focus subtly is on the dark atmosphere of the East End underground. . . . Fans will enjoy this fine historical suspense tale.” — Midwest Book Review

“A deft, entertaining, fast-paced and suspenseful tale . . . a page turner.” — Sacramento Book Review

“[Stockbridge] has a fast, easy prose style spiced with enough unsavory details-the killings, the poverty-to place her characters. . . . Grace Hammer cuts a dashing figure.” — Portland Phoenix

“An enjoyable romp through nineteenth-century Whitechapel in the company of the beautiful Grace Hammer.” — Vogue

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