Cover the Mirrors
Preston, 1856, and spiritualism is very popular in Victorian England. Molly Pinner, born into the town’s slums, was orphaned at birth and brought up by her Aunt Florrie, a highly successful medium living in the more prosperous part of town. In growing up, Molly learned all the tricks of the trade and, on her aunt’s death, dons her mantle and becomes very well established in her new life. Her oldest friend is Jenny, a mill girl, whom she befriends. She then meets the wealthy mill owner, William Hamilton, and marries him, but it is not exactly a love match. Needless to say things do not go smoothly and much is to happen before the inevitable conclusion.
I found this an intriguing story with many twists and turns that came largely unexpectedly. The characters are well defined and believable and the contrast in lifestyle between the two girls is well drawn, with the result that the reader is given a very good idea of what life must have been like for the haves and have-nots in the mill towns of northern England in the 19th century.