An interesting and informative read, very well researched. This is the first historical novel I have read dealing with the The Plague and the Fire of London. The author has brought all her characters to life, especially that of Letty. A telling and tender story of a lost childhood, who despite all the trials and tribulations she faces in her young life, Letty is a survivor.
by Rita Dizon
Anne has been writing for many years; at first children's stories, then articles and short stories for magazines. She took two creative writing courses at Cambridge Community College. She also attended Ely, Community College, where she took more courses, the first, Writing for Profit, and the second, Script Writing for Television.
She formed a writing group in Cambridgeshire with four other writers in the year 2000 and that group is still active today writing for magazines, novella, and novels. Anne is still able to be a part of that group by using e-mail and telephone. She travels to East Anglia at twice a year to attend meetings.
She turned her hand to novel writing in 2004 finishing Revenge in 2006 on the day that her husband died.
Her second romantic novel The Key to the Street is set in 1665 and is about the life of a foundling child, Letty Denton. This story is about the survival of a girl of 13, who falls in love with Alfie Melts another inmate. The story portrays happiness, loss, hunger, homelessness, and love from beyond the grave.
Her writing depicts the struggle for survival where the odds are stacked against the underprivileged woman. She brings to life the conditions of the time in which she writes, not of the rich but of the poor. She writes about need, love, hate, abuse, and survival.