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  • Emotive and Gripping

    Set in 1930s Yorkshire (which has got to be one of the most beautiful regions on the planet!), this book takes its readers through all sorts of emotions from gladness to sorrow to love to heartache to hope. Rosie Clarke is a very gifted and skilled author and has a lovely way with words. She includes historical details and places such as a mention of awe inspiring Fountains Abbey. Nellie Peace is a young woman who, once finished school at the age of 15, is suddenly (and without her consent) taken to work at an estate. She is no stranger to challenging work and hardship which she experienced at home, living with an adoring father and spiteful and mean-spirited mother. But she learns to find her niche. That's not the only thing she discovers...she finds love in Lucas, a moody artist who lives at the estate. Part of the story is about negotiating the upstairs/downstairs aspects, the line between master and servant, as Nellie also becomes friends with Alice. Nellie also discovers who her true friends are...and are not. She also has a baby out of wedlock which was considered shameful in that era. Throughout the book she lives through much heartache and sorrow. I appreciate the reality this book depicts, though was surprised at the adult scenes. Rosie Clarke lovers should read this. So should others new to her. Any Historical Fiction fan will find a lot to enjoy about this novel. My sincere thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the privilege of reading the eARC of this wonderful book.

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  • Nellie finds love

    NELLIE'S HEARTBREAK by Rosie Clarke Nellie Peace has always felt that something was wrong with her, for her mother has never shown her any love. The day she graduates from school on her 15th birthday, she finds out that her mother has hired her out for service in a grand house, far away. She's not surprised, since her mother appears to hate her so. She would have been more accepting of the post if her mother had given her any indication of her future, but her mother made all of the arrangements furtively. Nellie is scared but soon finds that despite the work being hard, it is much easier than working for her mother at home. Through no fault of her own, Nellie falls in love with the master's son Lucas. She has been forewarned, that the upper classes don't marry into the lower classes, where her place is, but Nellie can't help who she loves. Tom has always loved Nellie. Though Nellie has been told that she is to have no contact whatsoever with Tom or his family, she finds herself being friendly towards Tom and giving him minimal encouragement as to a future relationship with him. Where will Nellie's choices take her? This is a standalone in a series. Easy to read and get caught up in. Reminiscent of Catherine Cookson. I have kindly received a complimentary copy of #nelliesheartbreak from #netgalley and was under no obligation to post a review.

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  • An absolutely heartbreaking story

    The story of Nellie brought tears to my eyes reading as she experienced such hurt from the love of her life. First her mother finds a job for her in domestic service at fifteen, then she falls in love with the Master's son Lucas. Tom has been in love with Nellie ever since she was a child and she almost promised to marry him until she met Lucas. Lucas promises to love her and marry her, but he leaves her and she finds herself alone and pregnant in London. The story is a love triangle between Nellie, Lucas and Tom. Lucas is the love that keeps disappearing and resurfacing in Nellie's life. Tom is the steady one that loves Nellie and wants to marry her more than anything. It lends light to the difference between the classes Lucas is the rich son, Nellie is a kitchen worker at his dad's mansion, and Tom is the son of a poor man that sells items from a Tinker wagon. Who will Nellie finally marry? The story is of Nellie, Lucas, Tom and other characters that make the story. Of her time as a cooks assistant before she fell in love with Lucas. Her love of her father and her estranged relationship with her mother who withheld a horrible secret from her about her birth. Her friendship with the cook at Harrington house and her friendship with Lucas's aunt . It is also about her time in London and her friendship with Maude at the tea shop. It is a story of Love, heartbreak and of happiness, compassion and forgiveness. A story of what is right, what is wrong and what needs to be. I loved this story and am very glad I read it. I do recommend it. Thanks to Rosie Clarke, Boldwood Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review an advance copy of the book.

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  • Nellie's Heartbreak

    I really enjoyed this book. Her stories are non-stop & her characters are so believable.

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  • I really enjoyed this novel

    I’m a big fan of Rosie Clarke. I really enjoyed reading her novel. Her stories always wanting her stories not to end.

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