The Apothecary’s Garden by Jeanette Lynes

Since her parent's deaths, Lavender has made money selling flowers grown in the garden that supplied their apothecary shop, along with the orphan boy they took in. It's hard work with little chance of reward, and it looks like she may lose the house and garden, when a chance encounter with a famous medium who …

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Circus Of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

In 1860's England, Nell, whose body is patterned with birth marks, is sold by her father to Jasper Jupiter's Circus of Wonders. Jasper initially buys her without seeing her, because he notices his younger brother Toby's romantic interest in her and he always has to one up his brother. But Nell has a real talent …

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Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary Of A Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale

This book is really beautifully bound if you get the hard cover edition. It's soft blue, with embossed gold flowers on the cover, and a swathed Victorian lady pictured in the centre. Perhaps it's slightly beside the point, but I do love a the pleasure of reading a beautifully bound volume. Kate Summerscale once again …

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The Wicked Boy: An Infamous Murder in Victorian London by Kate Summerscale

Penned by the author of the bestselling The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, this book is the story of another Victorian crime which was notorious in it's time, The Plaistow Tragedy of 1895. Two boys, 12 and 13 years old, told neighbors and friends that their mother had gone to Liverpool and proceeded to attend cricket …

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