cover image Petals in the Ashes

Petals in the Ashes

Mary Hooper. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, $16.95 (188pp) ISBN 978-1-58234-936-7

London, where sisters Hannah and Sarah ran the sweetmeats shop, is in turmoil once again in Petals in the Ashes by Mary Hooper, a sequel to At the Sign of the Sugared Plum, which PW called ""a tale almost as tasty as the sisters' comfits."" Fleeing London's plague, the siblings deliver Mrs. Beauchurch's baby, Grace, to her aunt, Lady Jane, in Dorchester. When the plague abates, Hannah and another sister, Anne, return to London, reunite with actress Nelly Gwyn, and must again attempt a daring escape as the Great Fire of 1666 rages through the city. .