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  • Emotional roller-coaster

    This book is about Anwen, who lives with her ill mother and younger sister Sarah and a very mean/abusive drunken father(I HATE HIM SO MUCH). This book is based in the 1915's in the village of Dorcalon. Her Fiance Idris is sent to war and comes back has a changed man. Life is about to change for Anwen in so many ways. This book was really good. I love Anwen's character, she is so strong. I love that the book had a happy ending because this book has a lot of sadness and darkness. Very emotional. Something I didn't like is how in some parts of the book the scenes aren't separated. Your reading then poof there was a change of scene. Then you are all mixed up. But other than that I enjoyed this book. I love all the details, really makes you feel like your there. Very realistic. I recommend this book to someone that's looking for a book of the genre Historical romance-mystery-war. I would like to say thank you to Francesca Capaldi and Hera Books and Netgalley for giving the change to read this book in advance. #HeartbreakintheValleys #NetGalley

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  • A Welsh village enduring The Great War

    Heartbreak in the Valleys is the story of a small Welsh mining village during WWI. The story particularly focuses on Idris Hughes and his girlfriend Anwen Rhys. Idris volunteers for the Army but is sent home due to a medical condition. Anwen deals with an abusive father, invalid mother and the severe poverty of this small village. We come to meet many members of the small, tight knit community as the story progresses. This book was just a cozy warm read about village life. Thank you #NetGalley for allowing me to give my honest review on #HeartbreakintheValleys.

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  • A somber and compelling historic read

    Set during the beginning of WWI in a small Welsh mining town, Anwen is dumped by her oldest friend and fiance, Idris, after he returns home with a medical discharge and told he is unfit for battle. Anwen Rhys is devastated by her fiance canceling their engagement and on top of that she is looking for another job, her mother is an invalid and in her bed all day, and Anwen’s father, a miner, is getting even more drunk and abusive toward her and her younger sister, Sara. Add to that, the ramp-up of the war and the scarcity of food and essentials, especially for the working class. What is a girl to do when she is pretty much the adult running the home after working as a screener in the mine all day? After yet another shattering event in her life, she eventually finds a job as a housemaid for a middle-class family and finds a true friend in Elizabeth Meredith, her boss’s daughter, Suffragette supporter, and organizer of the community garden coop. There certainly is a lot of heartbreak in this emotional story of a close-knit community trying to make a living during the part of WWI. The story is centered around Anwen and Idris who still love each other, but he thinks he’s not good enough for her due to his medical condition. There is also an interesting mystery of food going missing and profiteering. I also really enjoyed the brilliant idea of a food coop creating gardens by helping a local farmer who needs workers and in-kind, he provides the seeds for the garden. The vegetables are then sold to the local grocer who will provide goods to the community. As you can see there is a lot going on in this somber and compelling historic read which contains serious subject matter such as abuse and bullying. If you enjoy historical fiction set during WWI with strong female protagonists, give this book a try. Thank you to Ms. Capaldi for the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

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  • Well researched historical novel.

    A enthralling historic story. A time Well researched by the Author to give authenticity. Heart wrenching and inspiring. One of those all night reads.

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