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Accidents of Providence was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.1.5 starsAccidents of Providence is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Rachel Lockyer s arrest after she is accused of killing a newborn child that was found buried in the woods The novel started off a little dry and the storyline wasn t in the least bit interesting, but I suppose that should be expected with historical fiction There was a bit of a mystery going on so that helped make it intriguing The investigator in charge of the case goes through deposing the witnesses involved for the first few chapters and then it delves into the romance of Rachel and William Walwyn This was my major problem with the book this supposed remarkable love story between these two was extremely lacking William was a married man with FOURTEEN children and Rachel was an unmarried woman but other than William caring for Rachel out of simple obligation and his continued desire to sleep with her, I couldn t see the love The overall writing style of the novel was very hard to read in large quantities I found myself continuously having to take breaks from it because my brain was having trouble comprehending The writing style is very 16th Century England and isn t modernized like many historical fiction novels Some of the lines were just plain strange Fixing her attention on the horizon of his face, she distracted herself by trying to name all the sounds creatures make when they are in trouble She ran the noises around in her head She wished she too could roar and whistle and screech and bleat and rattle and all those other noises a woman could not make unless she wanted the world to declare her an animal, a creature of unreason, a dreamer of false dreams I m sorry what By the end That subtle mystery that kept me reading Well suffice it to say, it didn t exist The revelation of what happened to the child was exactly what was expected, and it was sad, but I was definitely expectingThen the author decides to throw a curve ball that was just strange and by the end it felt like everything had come full circle and there was absolutely no point to anything Very disappointed. Another 2012 release, the second one in the Read A Thon and from Netgalley When it comes to reading, I m one of those few people that can say I read alot but when it comes to the historical fiction genre, it s not something that tends to grab me unless the storyline is interesting and that is what happened with Accidents of Providence It s the year 1649 in England , King Charles has been beheaded for Treason and laws are being brought in left,right and centre In the first chapter we meet Mary DuGard , a widow and owner of a glove making shop , she seems to be the type of woman who prefers to be in the background, not make a fuss and keep to herself a real introverted soul Though, one decision as Mary is about to learn can change not only your life forever but the others around you and that sometimes one tiny decision can cause a domino effect that you never could imagine For Mary, that decision was to follow Rachel her assistant one evening as her suspicions grew that Rachel was up to no good It is discovered as Mary follows Rachel , that she has given birth and then killed her baby so that she is no longer responsible However, Mary can t let this go and Rachel s deed is reported to the courts, now in 1649 a new law has been written and finalised that any person found killing their infant is seen as a Murderer and what will follow next is a court case with over 60 witnesses into whether Rachel is guilty or not So comes an investigation, public trial, and unforgettable characters gouty investigator Thomas Bartwain, fiery Elizabeth Lilburne and her revolution chasing husband, Huguenot glover Mary Du Gard, and others Spinning within are Rachel and William, their remarkable love story, and the miracles that come to even the commonest lives.I found this book enjoyable as in parts it reminded me of The Handmaid s Tale by Margaret Atwood the setting and After by Amy Efaw where the baby is killed and now the main character must go through the consequences of her actions Accidents of Providence is an ideal read for anyone who loves reading about gruesome I know but the effects of Infanticide and the true historical aspect of what 1649 was like. I was kindly supplied with this book by Netgalley to review, I ve had some great reads through there and discovered some super new authors What attracted me to read this one was the description which likened it to Fingersmith and The Dress Lodger both books I really loved The cover looks enticing and the basic principal of the storyline sounds interesting.I wanted to love this too, I really did but sadly it missed the mark completely Its a historical account of an investigation into a dead baby found buried in the 17th century when concealing the death of an illegitimate child was classed as murder.I failed to engage with the heroine Rachel Lockyear, in fact all the characters were 2 dimensional, the story line is disjointed and dull and the writing style is turgid and difficult to get into There are a few bald Americanisms thrown into this story supposedly set in 1600s London, and I got absolutely no sense of place or time both of which could have been painted so descriptively.It was pretty darned awful in every way and the nauseatingly sentimental and lengthy scenes of alleged romance and love failed to stir my passion, leaving me yawning and longing for a mug of cocoa.I fail to see how anyone could even loosely mention it in the same breath as the 2 aforementioned books to which its compared as there truly is NO comparison By the way if you did enjoy Fingersmith and the Dress lodger and want a good recommendation of something similar let me urge you to try SlammerkinI m so disappointed not to be able to give this a great review and feel sure it will appeal to some readers just not readers who will be expecting something on the lines of Fingersmith as I was. 4.5 stars for this interesting and excellent work of historical fiction from 1649 London It s about a woman accused of killing her newborn baby It follows the the events,the laws of that period of history, the trial and what can go wrong and right. It s 1649 in England Charles I has been beheaded, his family fleeing to the continent, and Oliver Cromwell s conservative Protestants have taken over the country There s religious turmoil with suppression of Catholicism and some residual political turmoil in the country, with Cromwell supporters suppression of the Levellers and Diggers, radical political groups advocatingequality, tolerance and religious freedom.This novel does not focus on politics especially, just using it as backdrop for the story of fictitious character Rachel Lockyer, unmarried glove maker who, in the story, becomes lover to married William Walwyn a real historical figure and one of the leaders of the Levellers Rachel learns she is pregnant just after the imprisonment of Walwyn in the Tower She is alone in the world and now her life has become unbearably complicated by the pregnancy and lack of her lover s support.She must hide her pregnancy from everyone but after the baby s birth its dead body is discovered by Rachel s Huguenot employer, Mary du Gard Rachel is arrested, tried and convicted of murder That s basically the story, but the telling of it is well done, rich in atmosphere and well drawn characters, and informative of the times Rachel is living in.It was also informative for me of the times I m living in We haven t really come all that far in the 3 and a half centuries since There s still so much religious intolerance and still so much discrimination against women that it boggles the mind Women are still considered lesser persons in many religions, still receiveblame than men for sexual indiscretions, even to the point that victims of rape may be considered partly to blame for dressing or behaving somewhat provocatively Women are often still not allowed full control of their own sexuality and their own bodies.Brown s book is educative and thought provoking Enjoyable is not a word I would use to describe it, however For a short book, it took me a very long time to read I found myself putting it downoften than is usual for me when I read, yet I felt myself compelled to pick it up once again each time. Seventeenth century London Apprentice Rachel Lockyer has been arrested for the murder of her newborn child, reported by her own mistress, the glovemaker Mary du Gard, who saw her burying the baby in the woods Thomas Bartwain, criminal investigator for the city, reviews the evidence in the case, which he calls open and shut , but he can t shake the strong sense of unease that dogs him when he submits it for indictment Rachel will not speak in her own defense, refusing to admit she was pregnant, to identify the father, and to state whether the infant was live or still born Charles I has recently been executed, and the state of the law has becoming as unstable as the new government that replaced the king s Stacia M Brown has, remarkably, produced a first novel every bit as compelling as The Scarlet Letter At heart, Accidents of Providence is a love story, one of illicit, irresistible, unshakable love But equally central are the questions of morality, sexual equality, fidelity, friendship, and ethical courage that plague Rachel and her lover, Mary du Gard, Bartwain, and all the other people involved in each of their lives To read Rachel s story is to live, vicariously, in interregnum London, the story s vividly evoked background It is to ponder the moral questions that dog each of the characters It is to feel the horror of a public execution Rachel is a strong woman who has the strength to die for what she believes, while those around her equivocate Accidents of Providence is a highly literate, unforgettable piece of outstanding historical fiction. Questo libro stato una delusione Non che mi aspettassi un capolavoro, ma dalla trama sembrava un mix di mistery e storico e mi aveva incuriosito invece di misteri neanche l ombra, un romanzo inconcludente che gira a vuoto per la maggiorparte del tempo allungando il brodo in una vicenda di per se piuttosto lineare.I personaggi sono appena abbozzati, compresa la protagonista sulla quale si ha l impressione che l autrice stessa non abbia le idee chiare a volte semplice vittima delle circostanze, altre volte donna emancipata in anticipo sui tempi Lo stile scorrevole ma piatto, non c mai un momento in cui ci sentiremo parte della storia Nonostante tutto avrei potuto considerare relativamente piacevole questo libro in virt dell originalit dell ambientazione, dato che non capita spesso di leggere un romanzo ambientato durante la guerra civile inglese ma quest unico lato positivo viene spazzato via dal finale, insensato e grottesco view spoiler Un salvataggio miracoloso per avere un lieto fine mina la gi scarsa credibilit di quest opera hide spoiler This novel made me smell 17th century London and feel the coarse fabrics worn by the poor people rubbing over my skin in the muddy marketplace It made me hear the vendors shouting and the dogs barking The story made me choke with anxiety for the fate of the protagonist No, cancel that the fate of the heroine Because the way she stands up to society is nothing less than heroic theso because she s alone in the world Brown s books never leave you alone Once you ve read them, you can t unread them ever again And that s a good thing What s exceptional to me is the way she places you in the environment not only the smells and sounds and sights of the time, but also the way people speak, act, and think.And below the entire course of the story, like an underground river, runs the presence absence of her dead child.Heart wrenching. It IsCharles I Has Been Beheaded, Cromwell Is Running The Country, And A New Law Targeting Unwed Mothers And Lewd Women Has Been Passed A Law That Presumes That Anyone Who Conceals The Death Of Her Illegitimate Child Is Guilty Of Murder When A Dead Infant Is Found Buried Behind The Smithfield Slaughterhouse, All Fingers Point To Thirty Nine Year Old Glover S Assistant Rachel Lockyer A Fiercely Independent Woman, Rachel Has Been Carrying On An Affair With A Married Man, A One Time Political Agitator With A Radical Group Known As The Levelers Though No One Knows For Certain That Rachel Was Even Pregnant, She Is ArrestedSo Comes An Investigation, Public Trial, And Unforgettable Characters Gouty Investigator Thomas Bartwain, Fiery Elizabeth Lillburne And Her Revolution Chasing Husband, Huguenot Glover Mary Du Gard, And Others Spinning Within Are Rachel And William, Their Remarkable Love Story, And The Miracles That Come To Even The Commonest Lives I picked up this story on the heels of the recent Casey Anthony murder trial and though the coincidence added to the intrigue, this didn t come out a winner for me.It s Cromwell s England and I learned about this time from this novel how women were flogged for having bastard babies, how the fathers were ridiculed, how the babies were treated by society. The Levelers. never heard of them till now so that was all new and interesting to me, to a point.The book got bogged down in politics sometimes I mean, seriously, there could be a reason why very few people have written about the Levelers Could it be that they are simply not that interesting My other complaints The trial was interesting People s reactions, witness accounts. all fascinating stuff, but it takes so darn long to get there The very beginning of the book sucked me in but by the time I reached a quarter point, I was bored to tears by the Leveler s, the investigators health and mouse problems the past lovemaking exploits. OMG By the time I reached 60% and the trial really started, I no longer cared.Also tiring after a while is the lack of answers Instead of adding to the mystery, I grew irritated The book is never told from the woman s POV What is she thinking Show me, please Instead, the book felt as though it was the investigator s POV Not what I wanted.And Mary, whose side is she on anyway Two stars.