We get to meet Kate Finche in 1666, at the time of the Great Fire of London. After a childhood where she is neglected by a brutal aunt, she has found herself in a good marriage where her prospects look promising after her father in law has invested in goods imported by the family business.
However, the fire is about to change their fortunes and Kate must find herself having to rely on the kindness of friends to survive.
I love a good historical novel that draws me into the cobblestoned streets, and I remember standing right where the Great fire started on London streets and wondering how much must have changed since those times. 4/5