The book blurb:
A dark and tragic tale of love, jealousy, and revenge, set in London during The Great Plague of 1665.
Helen has faced many hardships throughout her nineteen years on this earth, but she has been given a great opportunity to change her situation.
When all of her plans fall through, will she find comfort in the arms of the stable boy? Or, will she seek revenge, making those who wronged her stand trial for their crimes?
I quite enjoyed this little tale of Helen, a young woman and her friend fending for themselves in a world that was unkind to single and underprivileged women. Her hard life is turned upside down when the plague hits, killing so many people that the streets are literally piled up with dead bodies. Her lover, Peter, falls victim to the plague, and she is forced to watch as the disease slowly takes over his body. To add to her dark life, one of her previous employers is out to get her – he wants to have his way with her and will not stop tracking her down until he gets it. A Stray, Astray is a book I’d recommend to everyone who enjoys historical fiction. It’s the kind of story that you can’t put down. It gets bonus points from me for being a novella – I love shorter novels to bits. Keep writing, E.H. Night!