More titles to consider

Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

Item(s) unavailable for purchase
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item(s) now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.
itemsitem
Ratings and Book Reviews (5 6 star ratings
5 reviews
)

Overall rating

4.2 out of 5
6
5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star
2 3 1 0 0

Share your thoughts

You've already shared your review for this item. Thanks!

We are currently reviewing your submission. Thanks!

Complete your review

All Book Reviews

  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Interesting times

    This is set at such an interesting time in our history and although there are glimpses of feminism they are brief and fully in keeping with the era. Belinda is a very kind hearted character who really wants to do the best by everyone however a chance encounter with her old schoolteacher gets her wondering about her own future and she tentatively starts to put herself first however her actions are not entirely well received. Prudence is a fantastically wily woman and her sister Patience is very kind hearted but not without quick wit, I would actually have enjoyed hearing more of their story. I found this a really enjoyable story, easy to read but kept me enthralled, it made me think about what communities had to deal with in the aftermath of the First World War and especially how redundant women had become.
  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Another lovely read

    The story is set just after World War 1 in Manchester, England. There are several characters in the story but Belinda Layton is the character that I like the most. She is a surplus girl who lost her fiancé in the war and now with less men since the war, she must work for her living in order to provide for her large family with little prospect of marriage. However, Belinda wants to do better for herself than to work in a mill. Soon she ends up taking secretarial classes and finds herself working in a bookshop. Things start to unravel both at home and at work. Belinda finds herself juggling her old self, her family and her hopes for a better future. The author, Polly Heron, has done extremely well into developing each and every character so that you understand them more. I found the book a pleasure to read and the characters were very relatable. I would be looking forward to reading more books by her.
  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Captivating & Enthralling!

    This is a great read, and in preparing for this review post I've discovered it's first in a trilogy so now I'm really excited! Belinda Layton was looking forward to a rosy future with her fiance, Ben, until the horrors of the first World War put paid to their plans. Bel finds herself living with Ben's mother and grandmother who have more than most .. but life is hard. Four years after the war has finished and they are still in deepest mourning and expect Bel to follow suit, but she's young and wants a better future for herself - is that so wrong? As you probably know by now, I have a fondness for domestic fiction set around both world wars, and this is an excellent example of something that little bit different. Polly Heron spins a fine tale, showing an understanding of the hardships of the working classes and how hard it was for anyone, but especially women, to better themselves. Society was very different almost a century ago, and the author demonstrates this perfectly in a wonderful story of a young woman who wants just that little bit more, aiming for a better life than her mother before her. This is a well written, enthralling read which captivated my attention from first to last. I found myself rooting for Bel and, despite the setbacks she faces, desperately wanted her to succeed. A riveting read, fully worth four shining stars and recommended by me as a series well worth following.
  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Out Of The Mill

    Somehow the setting just doesn't manage to ring true, it all feels a little more late 1940s than early 1920s and I can't put my finger on why. Yes it has situations that are very much of the time but it just all feels so much more "modern" than it's supposed setting. Good job then that this is a book about people first and foremost. Belinda Layton is having a tough go of it, her father turns out to be a ne'er-do-well who is rapidly dragging his family down with him. Her eldest brother seems to think she should move back home to "do her bit" now he has moved out and her beloved fiance dies during the First World War. Throw in a supervisor at the mill with wandering hands and a lecherous eye and she has to do something. A chance meeting with her old teacher, Miss Kirby, leads her to the door of the Misses Hesketh and their newly minted Secretarial School and the perfect opportunity to pull herself out of the mire. To be honest I got a little fed up with Belinda and her relentless optimism. She is everything a "Northern Girl" is supposed to be but it just feels overdone. Throw this against the foil of a worn down Mother and a surly sister and she starts to look even more "saintly". It does become wearing after a time. Strangely the people I found myself wanting to know more about, the Misses Hesketh, we are only given the odd tantalising glimpse of. In the blurb it is mentioned that this is intended to be the first of a saga so hopefully we will get to learn more about them. It isn't a bad read or a boring read it just is. THIS IS AN HONEST AND UNBIASED REVIEW OF A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK RECEIVED VIA READERS FIRST.
  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully told tale.

    With so many men killed at the front there are many girls who are mourning their lost loves. This novel tells us the story of Belinda and how four years after the war, having grieved deeply for her lost fiancé, she is ready to try and inject a bit of colour back into her life. We see how she is determined to undertake an education which will allow her to progress from factory to clerical work but is burdened by her family who are dependent upon her financially, as well as by the expectations of her fiancé’s family who expect her to only live a life of grief, a burden made heavier by the support they have given her over the years. The novel is beautifully written, the historical accuracy adds extra depth to this story with domestic and workplace details, societal norms and expectations creating a most realistic setting. Polly Heron draws her characters beautifully, a wide range of good and bad from all strata of society. They really pull readers into the story and keep them there as you root for Belinda’s success. Chock-full of potential romance and real jeopardy, I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully told tale.
6

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices:

  • DESKTOP
  • eREADERS
  • IOS
  • ANDROID
  • TABLETS
  • WINDOWS