Meggy Swann arrives in London with her only friend, a goose named Louise, from the country village where she was raised. Meggy’s mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, apparently doesn’t want her after all. The city is awash in dirt and muck, teeming with thieves and rogues, and very wearying to walk around in—especially for Meggy.
She is the alchemist’s daughter, though, and just as her father seeks to
transform base metal into gold, Meggy sets out to change her condition
for the better. In doing so, she finds herself to be braver and stronger
and friendlier than she ever thought possible.
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is good but it doesn't stand out. It's a quick story, written as if for
children in the Seventies, rather than now. However Karen's writing
style is vivid and descriptive and Meggy is an engaging character. The
idea of her being a cripple is certainly a unique one and I enjoyed
learning how she got around London (slowly). It would be easy to sum
this entire story up in one sentence: Meggy Swann moves to London and
she discovers that her Father is making a potion to kill the Baron.
Finally, some action! Eh, not really. The book ends with a happy
childish ending with everyone singing and dancing around a table. Yes,
Received free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review