From Goodreads: East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. There were things that definitely bothered me about the story but for the most part I thought it was a good story. I felt like at times the events that took place were a little bit predictable; at times, it was pretty easy to anticipate what would happen next. I also thought that at times the story was a kind of overly dramatic. There were times where it felt like I was watching a soap opera. Normally, these types of things would make me not like a book but somehow I still felt connected to the story and the characters. Fiona was one such great character. She was strong, smart and incredibly ambitious. Despite her upbringing, she knew what she wanted and was willing to work hard to make her dreams come true. I loved that when it came down to it, she always followed her heart. (Okay, that was really cheesy to say but it's true). The love story between Joe and Fiona was also one of my favorite aspects of this book.
The story makes the reader go through all kinds of emotions; at times it's creepy, at other times sad or super exciting. I thought it was cool that the author included the Ripper murders into the story. It added a bit of a mystery to the story which I think is always fun in a work of historical fiction. This book is the first in a trilogy and I am kind of glad of it. Even though the book was pretty long, I still had a lot of questions at the end and it looks like the next two books address those questions. Overall, I am really glad I read this book and am excited to read the next one. 4 stars.