The Last Hours

The Last Hours

eBook - 2018
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When the Black Death enters England through the port in Dorsetshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is--or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church cites God as the cause, and fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness.

But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. Educated by nuns, Anne is a rarity among women, being both literate and knowledgeable. With her brutal husband absent from the manor when news of this pestilence reaches her, she looks for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. She decides to bring her serfs inside the safety of the moat that surrounds her manor house, then refuses entry to anyone else, even her husband.

Lady Anne makes an enemy of her daughter and her husband's steward by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs...until food stocks run low. The nerves of all are tested by continued confinement and 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 again?

Compelling and suspenseful, The Last Hours is a riveting tale of human ingenuity and endurance set against the worst pandemic in history. In Lady Anne of Develish--leader, savior, heretic--Walters has created her most memorable heroine to date.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada :, Mira,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781488095306
1488095302
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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May 18, 2018

She has moved from mystery writing to historical fiction. I found this book to be adequate, but not as good as her past efforts. Maybe I am just not a fan of historical fiction.

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Activevoice
May 07, 2018

I have enjoyed Walter's mysteries, but this historical novel is over long and flat. Walter's hammers continually on her theme of evils of the feudal system at the expense of character development. The clever premise is lost because her characters are either very good or very bad and, while this may work in a mystery novel, for a rounded, well-developed historical novel there should be a broader development of character.

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