Velvet by Mary Hooper

Publisher’s blurb

Velvet is a laundress in a Victorian steam laundry. With both her mother and father dead, she is an orphan and has to rely upon her own wits to make a living.
The laundry’s work is back-breaking and Velvet is desperate to create a better life for herself. Then Velvet is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famed medium, who asks Velvet to come to work for her.
Velvet is dazzled at first by the young yet beautifully dressed and bejewelled Madame. But soon Velvet realises that Madame Savoya is not all that she says she is, and Velvet’s very life is in danger . . .
A romantic and thrillingly exciting new novel from an acclaimed and much loved historical writer for teens.

Further information

Mary Hooper website

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16 comments on “Velvet by Mary Hooper

  1. Our first impressions of this book is that it looks like an romantic novel. Also it seems like a interesting read.

  2. First Impressions
    It seems creepily intreging

    Front Cover
    Looks interesting

    Sounds like a good book, one i would like to read although may not be suited to everyones taste.

  3. First impressions :

    The trailer makes the book look interesting and mysterious.

  4. Our first impression is that it looks intresting and eye catching but the blurb is very cliched so that has put us off reading it.

  5. Looks interesting think the plot will have a few twists. Think I would be interested in reading this.

  6. our first impression is that velvet seems very good and very mysterious.

  7. First Impressions – We thought the trailer was very mysterious and intriguing, it seems like an interesting read

  8. First impression
    It looks really creepy but interesting. the front cover is very intriguing. the trailer makes us want to read the book

  9. This book is a good historical yarn. It is a typical Mary Hooper novel of this genre, poor girl makes good. Velvet is an orphan, who works in a steam laundry. When she is recruited by a psychic, Madame Savoya, whose laundry she has been taking care of, she feels her fortune has changed. Things, however, are not quite what they seem in the spiritualist world and Velvet soon finds herself in danger. Mary Hooper does a lot of research into the background for her historical books and it is always interesting to read the last few pages of her novels, which detail where the information came from. Some of the scenarios which seem hard to believe are actually cases from real-life. This isn’t a difficult novel to read, it has a good story line, although having read quite a few of Mary Hoopers books, I could guess what was coming next. That being said it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.

  10. Really good and kept me interested. Learned a lot about victorian life.

  11. this book was boring beyond belief it would be good for weird people who enjoy history

  12. i did not like this book as it is not the typeofbook i would normally go for.

  13. I really enjoyed the book. The blurb made me want to find out more and once I started reading I couldn’t stop, there were so many things going on in this book and they all seemed to fit perfectly together. I loved the twist at the end and it came as such a surprise.

  14. What I liked about the book Velvet by Mary Hooper was that it was detailed in every way possible. She’s such a good author and I would definitely read one of her books again, no lie. Some parts in the book are emotional but some parts are really funny as well. Velvet’s story is that in the start she’s living with her parents but had a bad childhood. Her mother dies when she is only a young age, but she can still remember, after her mother died her father took care of her but treated her badly. He ends up dying as well. Anyway I’m not telling you anything else, you’ll just have to wait until you read it. It’s one of the best books out.

  15. I think this book looks intreguing but its is not as expected and i did not really enjoy this

  16. The book is a very interesting read , keeps you gripped to the book and it was my first proper read and I throughly enjoyed it .

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