How the Hangman Lost His Heart

How the Hangman Lost His Heart

by K. M. Grant

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ISBN-13: 9780802734808
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

K. M. GRANT is the third of seven children and grew up in Lancashire, England. This story is based upon her ancestor Frances Towneley, who was indeed the last man in England to be hanged, drawn, and quartered for his support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Much of this strange adventure is based on fact-though it may sound quite far-fetched. She is the author of the acclaimed de Granville trilogy, Blood Red Horse, Green Jasper, and Blaze of Silver. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband and children.
K. M. GRANT is the author of the acclaimed de Granville trilogy, the Perfect Fire trilogy, and How the Hangman Lost His Heart. She lives in Scotland and works as a writer and broadcaster.

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How the Hangman Lost His Heart 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dcollins7984 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Alice, a member of the aristocracy, finds herself on the run with the hangman who killed her beloved Uncle Frank after she "rescues" her uncle's head from the pike on which it is being displayed because he was found to be a traitor to King George. Both Dan Skinslicer, the hangman, and Hew Ffrench, a captain in the Dragoon, find themselves doing things they never thought they would because of Alice and her cornflower blue eyes. A fun romp that will appeal primarily to girls due to the romantic undertone in the story. Appropriate for all levels of middles school.
tiamatq on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I had higher hopes for this book - someone compared it to a slightly younger version of The Princess Bride. This comparison was not apt. The idea is that plucky Alice has come to her beloved Uncle Frank's hanging to collect his body and take it back home with her - only the head must remain as a sign to all traitors to not... well, commit treason. Alice steals her uncle's head and runs away with poor Dan Skinslicer, the local hangman, overall nice guy, and doormat. In the process of escaping from London (again and again and again), Alice gets mixed up with a dashing Capt. Ffrench (that's right, two f's!), who has fallen for Alice's blue eyes and ability to coax him down a ladder. To make matters worse, evil Major Slavering is out to catch Alice and anyone else he can say is guilty by association.This book seems to fall somewhere between historical fiction and historical fantasy, but never quite decides where it wants to be. There are lots of historical elements that might intrigue someone who likes that sort of story, but Uncle Frank's head takes on a magical quality that allows it to wink at people he likes, grimace at others, and stay oddly fresh throughout the story. I think it would've really improved things if the author had chosen one genre and just gone whole hog.The characters weren't well-developed, with the exception of maybe Dan Skinslicer. I had a hard time telling how old Alice was and assumed that Dan was much older than her. This became awkward when the two started to develop "feelings" about one another. I had the same problem with Capt. Ffrench. I never understood what was so appealing about Alice beyond her "cornflower blue" eyes. Alice and Dan seemed to constantly be escaping London and then finding a reason to wander back there, only to get chased out again. I wish this had been more funny, or more enjoyable, but after awhile, it just got dull. More than anything, I was annoyed with the ending and who ends up with who. I know this story is somewhat based on family history, but it seemed like all signs pointed to a different sort of ending, and the author was determined to have it end in something resembling a fairy tale. Skip this and go read The Princess Bride.
specialibrarian on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Bonnie Prince Charlie has lost his battle to become king of England and many of his supporters' heads are grisley decorations on Christopher Wren's Temple Bar high over the London streets. Alice's beloved uncle's head, while severed, will not join the rest to be picked clean by the crows. Her theft of the head and subsequent escape from villainous members of the King's army are helped along by a most unusual accomplice, her uncle's executioner.The story is Barbara Cartland light. No sex, thought there is romance between a kind and handsome Captain Hew Ffrench who thwarts his commanding officer, the evil Major Slavering, at every turn.The names of the characters often hint at the personality beneath. Along with Major Slavering, there is the chubby, pompous, and infidelitous (is that even a word?) Duke of Mimsdale (Mimsy to his friends), Dan Skinslicer is the name of the executions who does everything that his name envisions.This is a light romp much different from Grant's previous foray into historical fiction in the de Granville Trilogy. This novel is light very humorous.