Year of Wonders
A Novel of the Plague
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
An unforgettable tale of a brave young woman during the plague in 17th century England from the author The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders."
Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing "an inspiring heroine" (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.
From Publishers Weekly
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Year of Wonders
This is an amazing book. Despite being about a harsh topic, the author manages to create a wonderful story with many hopeful and uplifting moments. It will make you cry, laugh, and think about the world. This is the kind of book one searches for but rarely finds.
A good story marred by numerous typos
This iBooks ebook is yet another example of publishers’ abandonment of proofreading. This text has such an annoying number of typos that it is nearly nauseating.
The story itself, while good overall, is undermined by a rushed, fanciful ending that tends to discredit all that preceded it.
If you are looking for a fictional depiction of the plague, then you might enjoy this story. Otherwise, I would recommend that you read something else.