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Orphaned young, H is sent to live with her doting aunt in London. H’s life is a happy one until her lecherous cousin robs her of her innocence and the plague takes away the city and the people she loves. H is cast out – friendless, pregnant and destitute – into the rapidly emptying streets of London under quarantine.

Forced to fend for herself, she is determined to gain back the life she lost. H will face a villain out for revenge, find love in the most unexpected places and overcome a betrayal that she never could have foreseen. Weathering it all, can H charm, or scheme, her way to the life of freedom and independence that she longs for?

©2020 Sarah Burton (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Slapstick Comedy at its best

I absolutely loved this book! What an amazing debut novel by Ms Burton. I am a huge fan of historical fiction so this book appealed to me straight away and I loved the front cover! The Strange Adventures of H is very atmospheric of the time. The chapters depicting The Plague and The Great Fire of London were very well told and you almost felt like you were there. But this book is much more than its setting, it is satirical comedy at it's best. The title of the book, The Strange Adventures of H is ingenious. It enables the author to create the different persona's of H, what does H stand for? H, Halcyen or Doll? For me H was a hugely likeable character, 'a tart with a heart.' Many of the other characters in the book are stereotypical of the time and are made to appear almost larger than life. The villainous cousin and his selfish wife, the Madam of a brothel who isn't all she seems, the wonderful 'say it as it is' best friend, the playhouse actor, the larger than life Earl, a 'fagin type' villain and some pompous relatives to name a few all contribute to this engaging story that has a true slapstick style about it. My only criticism of the book is that I felt the ending was predictable and somewhat rushed. However it did not spoil this little gem of a book. A thoroughly enjoyable read which would appeal to fans of historical fiction and comedy alike.

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A page turner

I felt slightly breathless and a little more alive after to listening to this well plotted, well crafted, fast paced, saucy dash through the worst of times in 17th century London. It could have been deeply depressing, but somehow it managed to be quite the opposite.

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Most enjoyable

Loved listening to this book, didn’t want it to end! Will definitely be waiting for this authors next release x

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loved it, pure escapism and a tale of true grit

a great book with twists and turns and the overwhelming message of survival and love

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Run-out downable

it has been a long time since I devoured a book as obsessively as this...i listened in every spare minute i had, even in 5 minute drives to the supermarket. I was completely engrossed. The writing and narration were original and brilliant. A classic rags to riches tale, all I can say is, you will ot be disappointed. I promise.