Hammer by Sara StockbridgeHammer by Sara Stockbridge

Hammer

bySara Stockbridge

Hardcover | November 20, 2012

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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.
Sara Stockbridge is a writer and actress who became known in the 1980s as the muse of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. She lives with her daughter in London.
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Title:HammerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.6 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:November 20, 2012Publisher:NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393067181

ISBN - 13:9780393067187

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm really impressed I'll be totally honest with you; part of the reason I purchased this book is because of the sale price.  But holy smokes...what a GREAT read!  Grace Hammer is unlike any 'heroine' I've encountered.  She steals without qualm and takes immense pride in her children's ability to pick-pocket.  Grace is also a murderess.  The Victorian setting of London's poorest neighbourhoods is heavy, oppressive and rank with sleazy characters and lost souls.  Despite all this, Grace is a devoted mother, generous friend and forgiving of the weaknesses of others.  This novel is unlike any I've ever read...I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grace Hammer This book is...well it's a lot of things. It didn't really hold my attention until page 50, and then I started to get into it, but I found parts of the dialogue a bit annoying, sometimes it was written with the accent, sometimes not and it confused the characters voice for me. There were also quite a few characters who made very brief entries and when they were mentioned again I had trouble remembering who was who, which never happens to me. Also I felt like there were unanswered questions and the ending felt rushed. Overall it wasn't a really good read, I'm sorry to say. I really was looking forward to it, and there were some worthwhile parts, but just not enough for me to recommend it. Although I do have to say that the research that went into this book was good, I got a feeling for the time and would like to learn more about the Victorian world and for that I will bump up the rating to three.
Date published: 2011-07-05