For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning.
When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly.
The Church proclaims it a punishment from God but Lady Anne of Develish has different ideas. With her brutal husband absent, she decides on more sensible ways to protect her people than the daily confessions of sin recommended by the Bishop. Anne gathers her serfs within the gates of Develish and refuses entry to outsiders, even to her husband.
She makes an enemy of her daughter by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs … until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested by their ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat?
The Last Hours is published by Allen & Unwin Australia, RRP $32.99.
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My Thoughts On The Book
The Last Hours by Minette Walters was an absorbing story full of some charismatic characters and equally amounted vile, blackguard villains. A story that was set in a time of Lords and Serfs. Lady Anne's character was likeable from the start; strong and a contrast to the time depicted. The story leaves some unanswered questions, that will hopefully be answered in the next instalment from the author.
Review copy received from Allen & Unwin Australia