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The Book of Fires

By Jane Borodale


Hello and happy Wednesday to you!! It is a little dreary and rainy here today. It is a great day to read a book! Oh you know me, everyday is a great day to read a book. LOL. I have read some really good books lately so stay tuned. One of them might a good match for you!

Today’s book is a book a bought used. It is actually a real paperback!! I think it was a recommendation for me on Amazon or some other place. This was published in 2009 by Penguin Books and is 356 pages long. It is Jane Borodale’s debut novel. The Knot is her second book released in 2012.


The Book of Fires takes us back to 18th century England. We are introduced to Agnes Trussel who is a 17-year-old living a simple country life. Agnes is raped and then finds herself pregnant. She runs away because she knows she will be forced to marry her rapist and she doesn’t want to shame her family. Agnes travels to London and is introduced to elements of it’s darker side. She is fortunate to find a respectable job making fireworks for Mr. Blacklock. What will happen once he finds out about her pregnancy? Will she wind up out on the streets and become a victim of London’s dark side?  In a strange twist of fate her boss dies and a secret that will change her life is revealed. A fascinating book with a strong intelligent woman character and a happy ending.

I thought that this was well written and easy to follow. I liked the character Agnes. She is such an innocent, naive, victim of circumstances. While this book is not a major page turner, it has a really good story line. The ending is the best part of the book. It allows the reader to conclude why Mr. Blacklock did what he did. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

If you enjoy books about England during the 18th century, keep an eye out I have another review coming for you!


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