Troubador The Key to the Street

Released: 28/02/2018

ISBN: 9781788038591

eISBN: 9781789010534

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Key to the Street


London, 1665. For 12 year old orphan Letty Denton life has never been anything but a struggle. Brought up in an orphanage, she knows nothing of her family. Her only links are a doll and a letter written by her mother before her death. The only bright spot in the orphanage’s harsh regime is her love for Alfie Melts - yet even that is taken away when the administrator sells Letty into slavery.


Through hellish ordeals she finally escapes, Letty ultimately ends up under the respectable employ of Mr Hailstead. For the first time, Letty knows cleanliness and order, but life is set to change again when plague stalks the streets. Now the only things that comfort Letty are the visions she’s experienced since childhood and the doll which has taken on the essence of her mother. And worse is still to come as Letty’s wealthy family history is revealed, prompting a hitherto unknown cousin to send his man to search out and kill her - but he’s not the only one looking for Letty.


Anne’s writing depicts the struggle for survival where the odds are stacked against the underprivileged. She brings to life the conditions of the time in which she writes, not of the rich, but of the poor. With an alternately sympathetic and honest look at poverty, the story never lets up the exciting pace, thundering to an end nobody can be certain about. It will appeal to historical fiction readers, as well as those who enjoy a survival story.

Anne now has a third book published, Between Classes. It is the sequel to Revenge and starts in Australia 12 years after the Tate family move there. Being set in 1803 a lot of research went into this book. Anne also found a cousin in Australia who helped her with the distances and terrain of that time.

Anne's writing still highlights the hardship that lower class women have suffered over the years, but as always, has a romantic element that will fill the reader full of hope for her character to survive against all the odds.

Camden New Journal

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 Willingale

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.

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