Accidents of Providence (2020)

Accidents of Providence Stacia M. Brown Accidents of Providence Rachel Lockyer is under investigation for murder It is King Charles has been beheaded for treason Amid civil war Cromwell s army is running the country The Levellers a small faction of politica
  • Title: Accidents of Providence
  • Author: Stacia M. Brown
  • ISBN: 9780547490809
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
Accidents of Providence Stacia M. Brown Rachel Lockyer is under investigation for murder.It is 1649 King Charles has been beheaded for treason Amid civil war, Cromwell s army is running the country The Levellers, a small faction of political agitators, are calling for rights to the people And a new law targeting unwed mothers and lewd women presumes anyone who conceals the death of her illegitimate child iRachel Lockyer is under investigation for murder.It is 1649 King Charles has been beheaded for treason Amid civil war, Cromwell s army is running the country The Levellers, a small faction of political agitators, are calling for rights to the people And a new law targeting unwed mothers and lewd women presumes anyone who conceals the death of her illegitimate child is guilty of murder.Rachel Lockyer, unmarried glove maker, and William Walwyn, Leveller hero, are locked in a secret affair But while William is imprisoned in the Tower, a child is found buried in the woods and Rachel is arrested.So comes an investigation, public trial, and a cast of extraordinary characters made up of ordinary Londoners gouty investigator Thomas Bartwain, fiery Elizabeth Lilburne and her revolution chasing husband, Huguenot glover Mary Du Gard, a lawyer for the prosecution hell bent on making an example of Rachel, and others Spinning within are Rachel and William, their remarkable love story, and the miracles that come to even the commonest lives.Accidents of Providence is absorbing historical fiction for fans of Fingersmith and The Dress Lodger And Rachel Lockyer, a woman wronged by her time, is a character neither history, nor we, will ever again forget.
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  1. Bonnie

    Accidents of Providence was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.1.5 starsAccidents of Providence is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Rachel Lockyer s arrest after she is accused of killing a newborn child that was found buried in the woods The novel started off a little dry and the storyline wasn t in the least bit interesting, but I suppose that should be expected with historical fiction There was a bit of a mystery going on so that helped make it [...]

  2. Heather

    Poorly written puffed up drivel Barely a plot What a dry way to look at politics in the 1640s, not sure if it s a boring period of history or the author just couldn t deliver Felt no excitement, no sadness, attachment or sympathy towards Rachel Only character with a bit of spirit was Elizabeth and even she was lacking Would not recommend.

  3. PaulaPhillips

    Another 2012 release, the second one in the Read A Thon and from Netgalley When it comes to reading, I m one of those few people that can say I read alot but when it comes to the historical fiction genre, it s not something that tends to grab me unless the storyline is interesting and that is what happened with Accidents of Providence It s the year 1649 in England , King Charles has been beheaded for Treason and laws are being brought in left,right and centre In the first chapter we meet Mary Du [...]

  4. Beadyjan

    I was kindly supplied with this book by Netgalley to review, I ve had some great reads through there and discovered some super new authors What attracted me to read this one was the description which likened it to Fingersmith and The Dress Lodger both books I really loved The cover looks enticing and the basic principal of the storyline sounds interesting.I wanted to love this too, I really did but sadly it missed the mark completely Its a historical account of an investigation into a dead baby [...]

  5. Linda

    Seventeenth century London Apprentice Rachel Lockyer has been arrested for the murder of her newborn child, reported by her own mistress, the glovemaker Mary du Gard, who saw her burying the baby in the woods Thomas Bartwain, criminal investigator for the city, reviews the evidence in the case, which he calls open and shut , but he can t shake the strong sense of unease that dogs him when he submits it for indictment Rachel will not speak in her own defense, refusing to admit she was pregnant, t [...]

  6. Tara Chevrestt

    I picked up this story on the heels of the recent Casey Anthony murder trial and though the coincidence added to the intrigue, this didn t come out a winner for me.It s Cromwell s England and I learned about this time from this novel how women were flogged for having bastard babies, how the fathers were ridiculed, how the babies were treated by society The Levelers never heard of them till now so that was all new and interesting to me, to a point.The book got bogged down in politics sometimes I [...]

  7. Barb

    This novel seemed to start out well enough, the writing initially appeared well polished, the introduction of characters was logical, the interjection of law and history of the period set the stage for the drama of the story to unfold.Unfortunately by page eighty five I felt the author had given up on revealing the characters and events and instead resorted to telling the reader what happened I like books where the details of events are shared so that I can imagine what it might have been like f [...]

  8. Laura

    This isn t really a mystery, it s of a thought piece about a infant killing in 1649 London At that time, if an illegitimate child was stillborn the mother was safe, but if the child died or was murdered after being born, the mother was sentenced to death Rachel is one such unwed mother who has apparently killed her newborn daughter and buried the body at night That much is known, but the why is not known, nor is it ever established that the child was born alive Throughout the book we re introdu [...]

  9. Holly Weiss

    Review originally posted on BlogcriticsAn open and shut case That s what the prosecutor said She murdered the infant and she will hang Infant murder trials, quite prevalent in seventeenth century England were akin to the witch hunts in colonial America.The remarkable story of Rachel Lockyer, unmarried glove maker and her lover, William Walwyn, is set against the English civil war of 1649 After King Charles is beheaded, Oliver Cromwell s army and the Puritans run the country The Levelers, a small [...]

  10. Vivian

    The mid seventeenth century was not an easy time for women Women had no legal status other than property of their husbands or fathers To make matters worse, the government had passed a law that accused any unwed mother of murder if her child died during or shortly after childbirth and no witnesses were available at the birth Rachel is in her mid thirties and has suffered the hanging death of her younger brother Her mother is a staunch Catholic and offers no respite to Rachel during her pregnancy [...]

  11. DeniseF

    This book was provided to me by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for a fair review Accidents of Providence was a surprisingly good read When I was an undergrad, I took a whole class on women and the legal system in early modern England so this book really appealed to me It was completely different than any novel I have read and was like a non fictional account than a fictional one This changed towards the end but for the most part I could completely envision this as being a historical acco [...]

  12. Deanna Beaton

    I wanted to like this book So much, in fact, that I actually read the whole thing I routinely stop reading books I don t like blasphemous to some, but there are just too many good books in the world to keep reading bad ones I read it in just a couple of hours I skimmed over the parts that weren t directly involved with the Rachel plot line There weren t even any other sub plot lines it was just a bunch of historical context with the civil war That was a good idea, but we really don t need very m [...]

  13. Trina

    I had a really hard time putting this one down I found myself really drawn into the characters and the plot A few bedroom scenes I didn t feel were pertinent to the plot or in building emotional depth in the characters, but easily skimmed over.Based the mid seventeenth century, an unwed woman has an affair with a married man and finds herself pregnant This was a time in history when women were merely property of their husbands where the law was concerned And any bastard child was worth nothing c [...]

  14. Donna Ludovico

    This is a quick read about a difficult subject Rachel is a single woman of advancing age, with no family support, trying to provide for herself in 1600 s England who finds herself pregnant by a charismatic, idealistic married man who is currently jailed for his politics In 2012 America I sometimes think we accept too much At work I see babies born into heartbreaking situations and regulations bending over backwards to support their birth mothers After reading this book I feel that if we must err [...]

  15. Sharon Miller

    I thought this was an excellent work of Historical Fiction Finely crafted, writerly prose, deft use of poetic metaphor, and a very good glass into the 17th century The main character is deeply engaging, the mystery builds with a page turning intrigue that than kept my attention The research of the author shows in the exquisite historical details I really was moved by this book and I felt like I spent some time in the strange and unsettling English Interregnum A good book for students of History [...]

  16. Liza

    Solid 4 stars One thing I really loved about this book, and well done historical fiction in general, is that I can learn about history in such an enjoyable way Granted, the subject matter isn t all rainbows and daisies, but I really enjoyed learning about what life was like for the every day woman in this time period Although I enjoyed all of the information in this book, it was actually very disturbing too I was struck by how much the legal system has evolved, as well as the tremendous weight t [...]

  17. Sandra Dickenson

    If one of your virtues is patience you may very well enjoy this book I certainly did The opening chapters may seem tedious to some The crime is described right off Next the lives of the observers, witnesses and participant unfold What is unusual is the facts fit the crime but the reader is left with serious doubt if a crime was actually committed This is a thought provoking book and for some this will take too much effort to read If I were to choose one word to describe this book s theme it woul [...]

  18. Georgiana 1792

    Una legge intransigenteNel 1628, dopo tre anni di regno, Carlo I Stewart, il sovrano inglese, intraprese un autentica prova di forza per questioni fiscali con il Parlamento, che portarono la nazione alla guerra civile Si formarono quattro partiti gli indipendenti e i presbiteriani, che volevano ancora il re, gli Zappatori e i Livellatori, che appoggiavano il Parlamento e Cromwell La prima fase della guerra si concluse nel 1649 con l esecuzione del sovrano e la creazione della repubblica di Inghi [...]

  19. Judy

    This surprisingly interesting historical fiction, circa 1649 in London, is based on the author s dissertation Brown definitely did her research into the period and provides an encapsulated but accurate picture of the times While it drags a bit in places, the surprise ending was a bit of icing on the cake.

  20. Penny

    A very good read Pretty depressing but that is how things were back then Stacia is a a wonderful writer Really glad I read it.

  21. Karen White

    I read this book at the suggestion of Jennifer from LiterateHousewife, who set up a readalong so she d have people to talk about it with So glad I joined in I agree, it warrants discussion Without the readalong, I might never have gotten to it.This is a debut novel from Stacia Brown, but you d never know it Her incorporation of historical detail, including real legal case histories, is blended seamlessly with the imaginings from her own fertile mind I found the prose to be a bit intellectual and [...]

  22. Jenny Q

    I was looking forward to this book because the English Civil War is a period of time I d like to read about, but the Civil War is really of a backdrop in this case, as the book focuses on a fictional murder trial and the people involved, and how the Levelers turned it into propaganda to further their cause The story is narrated alternately by Rachel Lockyer, on trial for murdering her bastard child her lover William Walwyn, a Leveler leader Thomas Bartwain, the criminal investigator and Mary d [...]

  23. Stacey

    LUMINOUS Stacia M Brown s debut novel pulled me into mid seventeenth century England and would not let me go until there were no pages to read I was absolutely captivated, from first sentence to last.Under the 1624 Act to Prevent the Destroying and Murdering of Bastard Children, any woman who concealed the death of her illegitimate child was to be charged with the murder of that child, unless there was at least one witness that the child was born dead Many women were tried under this law in ear [...]

  24. Bonnie Brody

    Accidents of Providence by Stacia M Brown is an interesting novel set in London in the mid 1600 s England is fraught with political turmoil as different parties fight for power while the country is at war There are the diggers, levelers, Cromwell supporters as well as dissonance between the various religions puritans, Catholics, Anglicans, Calvinists, protestants, and Huguenots The author is very good at portraying the ambience of London at the time the crowded streets, the stench of unwashed bo [...]

  25. Sheree

    I enjoyed the historical backdrop to Accidents of Providence, 17th century Commonwealth England under the strict control of Puritan Oliver Cromwell following the execution of Charles I There was much detail regarding the political and religious unrest of the time, the role of political agitators, the Levellers, and the shocking social plight of women, The story evolves from the draconian 1624 Act to Prevent the Destroying and Murdering of Bastard Children After an extended, passionate affair glo [...]

  26. Cynthia Mcarthur

    Set in England during the interregnum, Accidents of Providence follows Rachel Lockyer, a glove maker s apprentice accused of murdering her illegitimate child After moving to London, Rachel and her brother Robert become acquainted with the society called the Levellers, who are unhappy that the war which beheaded their king, and should have freed the common people, seems to have stopped with Cromwell The Levellers are considered malcontents, and in consequence their leaders are prolific pamphlet w [...]

  27. Jacki

    Check out infinitereads for other reviews and sundry thoughts In a luminous and sensitive debut, Stacia M Brown brings to life a love affair, a mystery and a murder trial, all set against the turbulent backdrop of Oliver Cromwell s England It s 1649, and the realm is under Puritan law When glove maker Rachel Lockyer s employer spies Rachel burying a dead newborn, she assumes the worst and reports Rachel to the authorities.Accused of infanticide in a legal system where the burden of proof rests o [...]

  28. Sandie

    The year is 1649, the location London Oliver Cromwell has defeated the King, Charles I, and religion now is the ruler of England In this time and place, women are considered playthings of the Devil, and their wickedness must be controlled One late night, Rachel Lockyer is observed by her employer burying something The employer goes back the next morning and discovers a dead newborn Rachel is arrested and the book follows her case If a woman has a child out of wedlock, she can be stripped and flo [...]

  29. Amodini

    Accidents of Providence is a work of fiction set in the Cromwellian era of 1649, with characters based on some historical figures In it Ms Brown tells the story of Rachel Lockyer, a young unmarried woman, a glove maker s assistant, who gets pregnant When her child dies it is unclear whether it is still born or not, she is targeted by Cromwell s strict laws for lewd women , particularly the Act to Prevent the Destroying and Murdering of Bastard Children 1624 Rachel is arrested and Thomas Bartwain [...]

  30. Aimee

    Accidents of Providence is about Rachel Lockyer, a woman who is arrested for killing a baby and then hiding it in the woods It is set in 17th century England and really gives a detailed look at a trial from this time The other main characters are Rachel s lover William Walwyn, her friend Elzabeth Lillburne, and the man investigating the crime, Thomas Bartwain Most of the book is spent describing the trial and the mystery of what actually happened the night the child was born.I thought Stacia Bro [...]

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