This is a compelling read. Despite the overall topic of bubonic plague I had a hard time putting this down. The brutality of living in this time is overwhelming by itself but putting the plague on top of it is almost too much to much to read about when wanting an escape from our times. The heroine of this historical fiction constantly finds more strength within to make her keep going and help others when her own existence is so precarious. Her search for knowledge is inspiring and explains why I continue to want to learn also. I want to read more from this author.