"History and fantasy combine in this exciting debut novel"
December 2023 Debut of the Month
Set in 1683 when it was so cold that the Thames froze, and the inhabitants of London were able to hold a fair on the thick ice this novel weaves authentic historical fact with a glorious ‘baddy’ in the shape of Father Winter.
When her brother dies from an asthma attack Thomasina’s life becomes grief laden and much harder, as she must work in the family bakery in his stead, whilst also looking after her ailing, bed-ridden mother. Overwhelmed with guilt at Arthur’s death Thomasina is tricked and drawn to a mysterious magician who promises her that he can bring Arthur back. In return she will lose all her memories of Arthur – temporarily – a small price to pay, she thinks. Of course, the magician is a trickster who takes her memories whilst seeming to keep moving the goalposts of the promised results.
This is a fascinating tale, packed with period detail that will appeal to budding historians, whilst also creating a strange and alternative Frost Fair, seen only at midnight, full of wonders and mysteries, but with many hidden threats.
A cracking adventure that will appeal to many.