The story of a rags to riches, from poverty to happiness and finding love is one that warms everyone's heart. At this time of the year it was also apt. That there are a couple of errors in the setting is neither here nor there.
Ann was left orphaned and left to fend for herself in a very harsh part of England. That she survived, and did not drift into prostitution is extremely commendable. Her friends and those who looked out for her were those same women and those who frequented a public house. Ann knew however that she needed to get out and improve her lot. Her talent was with design and in a simple way she started a business which was good.
She did not reckon with the jealousy and madness of one particular woman who would continue to make her life hell, thwart her at every point and even threaten her very life. The story set amongst a public house and the prostitutes who patronised the place and the working class life of the time was very descriptive.
Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Aria.