by Julie Hearn
Ivy is an orphan in nineteenth century London. She lives with her large family of destitute and dishonest cousins who ignore her unless she has something to give them. Beginning with the day she wanders down the wrong alley, her life becomes something out of the ordinary. Mixed up with crooks, artists, and drugs, Ivy is not a fluffy, old-fashioned heroine. As life drags Ivy along, she learns that she must take a stand to get what she desires for herself. This exquisite historical novel will suck you into a bygone English world from filthy slums to lush estates.