Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for a book that’s a bit different from my usual, but definitely worth reading. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the tour and sending me a copy of the book to review.
The Book: Maggie Bailey has not had an easy childhood. Her father, Michael, always too easy with his fists after spending the family’s rent money down the pub.
Just sixteen, in love and blinded by promises, Maggie sees marriage to handsome Jack as her great escape. However, she soon finds herself abandoned with a beautiful baby when Jack disappears. Maggie is forced to seek a new life away from the East End of London and finds herself a job at a hotel in Eastbourne.
Here she must learn to fend for herself and also accept a shocking discovery that she was fostered as a babe and nothing is known of her real parents.
Her employer, Aunt Beth, is kind and her life improves – but Maggie makes one mistake after another and, eventually, they lead to a terrible tragedy that will bring her to the point of no return.
Will Maggie ever find true happiness and discover the secret of her birth?
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The Review: This isn’t my usual type of read but the blurb interested me enough for me to take a chance on it. I liked Maggie as a character, she’s strong and dealing with lot of hardship from her parents and others. Maggie gets little to no support from her family, others turn on her and blame her for things that aren’t her fault and when everything seems to be falling to pieces around her she leaves London to try for a new start elsewhere.
This was a book I found completely engrossing, I read some of it while out and about and at times had to look up and remind myself where I was. The descriptions of London and the living and working conditions where Maggie lives make it clear how tough life was in those areas at that time. The descriptions help the story and add context but what really makes it come alive are the people. Maggie’s story, the decisions she makes and how people around her treat her is the real story here. It shows that there are kind and cruel people in the world but also that you never really know someone until things get tough, and then their true colours show through.
This was a riveting read, I felt for Maggie most of the time as she was so much a victim of circumstance and cruelty but she does the best she can for herself with her limited options. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction and/or stories of strong characters perserving through their struggles.
Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire.
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