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Today I’m happy to present my review for the blog tour for A Sister’s Struggle by Mary Gibson. A rich family saga that is perfect for a Winter read.
Read on for my review and the chance to win 1 of 2 ebook copies.
Book Description – A Sister’s Struggle
A young girl struggles to keep body and soul together in 1930s London, while her proud but spendthrift widowed father refuses to accept charity.
Ruby is always hungry, but she will go without if it means her young brothers can eat. 1930s Bermondsey might be called the larder of London, with its pie, pickle and jam factories, but for the poor working classes, starvation is often only a heartbeat away. When Ruby’s neighbour suggests she ought to go to the Methodist Mission for free food, Ruby knows her father will be furious, but that she has no other option.
It is a decision that will change the course of her life forever, split her family and in the end lead her to face a terrible choice between duty and a great love.
What I thought
I’m really getting into my saga’s at the moment, I think they are perfect reading on a cold Winter’s night and A Sister’s Struggle doesn’t disappoint. Set in the 1930’s before the start of the World War II, you get a feel for life in London at this time. My late dad grew up in the 1930’s but in the countryside on a farm, so the food shortage wasn’t an issue for him. I remember him telling me that his dad used to go and and get one of the chickens for tea if they were hungry. But in A Sister’s Struggle this wasn’t an option for the characters being in London. In fact the lead Ruby was going with out food to give to her brothers. Ruby goes against her dad’s wishes and asks for help at the local mission. This act causes repercussions for Ruby and her family and her life changes.
A Sister’s Struggle is set around the same time as the popular Call The Midwife, so if you are a fan of that you are sure to like this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much that it’s one I will read again. It’s written perfectly, the setting well researched and the characters developed expertly.
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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this review. Don;t forget you can pop over to Amazon and download it straight away to your Kindle. It’s totally worth a read!
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*I received a copy of A Sister’s Struggle in exchange for this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.