She struggles to make ends meet by working in a steam laundry, where the work is back-breaking and exhausting.
So when she attracts the attention of the glamorous clairvoyant Madame Savoya, she cannot believe her good fortune.
Raised to the status of lady's maid, Velvet is given elegant clothes to wear and is brought to live in a grand house in London. But the longer she works for Madame Savoya, the more she discovers about the mysterious world of a spiritual medium. Velvet soon realises that her employer is not quite what she seems and that this knowledge could put her very life in danger...At first I was a bit hesitant to read Velvet because usually I don't enjoy reading Historical Fiction. However, Mary Hooper writes in such a way that you can't help but keep reading and I found that I actually really enjoyed it.
As the story went on, you were made aware of things that Velvet didn't yet know about. In that sense, you are kind of ahead when reading this so it feels like you are a character in the story yourself.
My favourite character, at the start, is George - Madame Savoya's personal assistant. But towards the end, I liked him less and less and my new favourite character became Velvet, because she was so loyal and kind. Then she was made to do lots of things she didn't feel right doing, but she coped.
The descriptive writing in this novel is pure genius, it really did feel like you were in the room with the characters. Usually I don't really like Historical Fiction, but Mary Hooper's HF books are an exception as they are so gripping and fantastically written.
I recommend this to everyone aged 11+. Even if you don't like Historical Fiction, give it a try because you will most-likely enjoy it! 4/5.
Official Publication Date: 5th September 2011
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