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Publisher's Summary

It's Christmas Eve. Flurries of snow fall on the cobbled streets of Whitechapel, and an abandoned baby, swaddled in a blanket, is found on a doorstep in Angel Lane....

Named after the street on which she was found, Angel Winter was blessed to be taken from the harsh streets into a loving home. But fate deals a cruel blow, and she's torn from the only family she has ever known, thrown onto the cobbles of Covent Garden to fend for herself.

With winter closing in, Angel scratches a living selling mistletoe to the city gentlemen who pass through the market, hoping they will take pity on her as she shivers in the snow. The only way she can survive is to make her own luck. She will never sell the one treasure that could feed her for a month, the gold and ruby ring that was hidden in her swaddling - it could hold the key to the secrets of her past....

©2017 Dilly Court (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

Praise for Dilly Court: "Feisty female characters to fall in love with in a spirited, adventurous novel." ( Sunday Express)
"As always Dilly keeps you absorbed right to the end." ( Choice)
"A rollicking, fast-paced adventure with a hint of romance!" ( My Weekly)

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  • Dawn
  • 09-11-2017

A warm cosy read

I love all Dilly Courts books but this has to be one of my favourites, it’s another wonderful cosy read made all the better by the brilliant and very talented narration of Annie Aldington.

In typical Dilly Court style the book begins in the back streets of London on Christmas Eve, when a baby is found abandoned in Angel Lane in Whitechapel. She is taken to the local church ladies where one childless lady is totally captivated by the infant’s angelic face. With the baby in need of a wet nurse they head to the local jail and it is there we meet another main character ‘Lumpy Lil’ who is asked to nurse the child. The infant is then named Angel Winter, after the lane where she was found and the season of winter.

Several years later, tragedy strikes and Angel finds herself alone, homeless and penniless on the streets of London. It there she meets the effervescent Dolly and the two strike up a lasting friendship. Dolly takes Angel under wing and teaches her how to survive on the streets by selling flowers. Barefooted and almost frozen, Angel has almost sold all her Mistletoe when she is attacked and her money stolen. She has nothing left but still will not part with her secret keepsake, a gold and ruby ring that was found hidden in the bag when Angel was left in Angel Alley.

This is a heartwarming read, full of wonderful characters and the usual unsavoury character. It is story of never giving up hope, true friendship, and determination, overcoming adversity and very much about caring for others. It's an easy read that makes you smile, I loved it and would love to see a sequel.

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  • barbara
  • 29-12-2017

An angel and mistletoe

What an exceptional story! I loved it and Anne Aldington read it so well. Please DIlly Court do write a sequel. You always write such interesting stories and describe the characters, area and scenery so well that I could imagine exactly what it was like to be there.

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  • Susan
  • 23-11-2017

worth the wait

wasn't disappointed having to wait for the audible well worth it nice story line brilliantly narrated by another favourite narrator loved it ..well done dilly

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  • Allita
  • 14-12-2017

Fantastic !

A beautiful story that would make a great film . I really enjoyed it and didn’t want it to end :-)

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  • Denise
  • 26-11-2017

As always with Dilly Cout

A thoroughly enjoyable read held my attention looking
forward to the next Dilly release soon

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  • JoJo
  • 28-05-2018

Dreadful... dont evan bother.

Terrible story line... I have no idea why I finished this book. Pointless story.. character's patheric.

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  • Sandra Duffy
  • 17-05-2018

Disappointing<br />


not as good as I thought it would be at first voices were unbelievable

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  • Kathleen
  • 29-04-2018

Brilliant

Always love Dilly Courts books,
Haven't been disappointed yet.
Can't wait to start a new one now.

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  • Fiona
  • 02-03-2018

so good I've heard it twice

I was bought into the world of Dilly Court with this book, an amazing story with history added. you follow the plight of Angel found in Whitechapel on Christmas eve . her trials through her young years and into womanhood are inconceivable to us today. read by an amazing narrator who makes the story come alive. I bought this in October and gave already listened to it twice.

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  • Doglover
  • 02-03-2018

Left hanging in the air.

Enjoyed this interesting story, but thought it could have gone on
A little further, had abrupt ending