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The only beautiful thing in Ivy's drab life is her glorious red hair. At a young age, her locks made her the target of Carroty Kate, a 'skinner'. She recruited Ivy to help her coax wealthy children away from their nannies so that she could strip them of their clothes - clothes worth a fortunein the markets of Petticoat Lane. It is years before Ivy escapes and finds her way back to her in-laws. Once there, she finds respite in laudanum. But before she can settle into a stupor and forget the terrible things she has done, Ivy is spotted by a wealthy pre-Raphaelite painter. Oscar Fosdickneeds a muse (until now he has had to use his domineering mother as a model, something not conducive to producing his best work, he finds). To him, Ivy is perfect, a stunner. Realising quickly that this painter has more money than sense, Ivy's in-laws order her to sit for him, and to do anythingelse he demands. But not everyone is happy. Oscar's mother is determined to get rid of Ivy. Oscar's famous neighbour is determined to paint her. Carroty Kate is determined to find her, and Ivy herself is determined to escape . . .
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780192754318
Branch Call Number: YF HEAR


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Sarlesic Aug 08, 2011

This novel was a good book and a simple read. It had enough detail to keep you wanted to read on, but nothing to make you want to pick the book up again. I did like how the author made you think that shew as going to commit suicide but in the end through the ether down the toilet. That was a very nice twist. :)

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