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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Lettie’s Plight by Michael Bussa follows the life of Lettie, a single-minded and audacious young woman, as she leaves Bethnal Green, East end of London for Somerton. With the thought of making something out of herself, she marries Roman, a wealthy brute who owns the most profitable business in the whole of Somerton. For a moment, Lettie actually thinks that her life will turn around, but she soon realizes that she is still trapped in the same cycle of frustration, desperation, and endless poverty. She embarks on back-breaking work with an aim to save up and free herself from the clutches of her horrible husband. A fortunate twist gives her hope as she realizes that she could reap so much more than she could have hoped for, except that wishes rarely come true.
Undoubtedly, Lettie’s Plight by Michael Bussa is an outstanding piece. Even though short, the book is impactful and distinctly captivating. Bussa does a great job in creating an engaging story that had me engrossed from start to finish. Lettie’s Plight is the kind of story that still lingers in your mind long after you are done reading it, which proves Bussa’s skill as an author. The story is set in the Victorian era with some reflection on the desperation of the working class during this period, which I thought was a creative addition to the overall plot. The end was the best part for me. It contains a sudden twist that will surely leave an impression on any reader. Overall, Michael Bussa will have you captivated and longing to know Lettie’s plight.