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    Great Historical Fiction read!

    Wow, this is another great book that really deserves more than 5 stars. It is a heartwarming as well as a heartbreaking story all at the same time. Nora Doyle and Kitty Quinn are two thirteen-year-olds growing up in Ballybun, Ireland in 1924 who are best friends and seem to be joined at the hip. As the girls mature and finish school, they begin their careers. Kitty goes to work at Bretton Hall and Nora leaves for Dublin to work in a book store. The story takes on a lot of different threads which are all tied nicely together in the end by this author. I absolutely loved this book and how this author wove all the characters and story lines together without it being confusing. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review. Warning: Keep the tissues handy!
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    Absolutely Marvellous!

    The Orphan's daughter is my first book by Sandy Taylor and it was a thoroughly enjoyable story. Set in Ballybun, Ireland in 1924, it tells the stories of Nora Doyle and Kitty Quinn for whom every day is a fight for survival, and their coming-of-age. One day, the two thirteen-year-old's sneak through a hole in a wall of that leads to Bretton House, the huge house on the top of the hill that is forbidden to them. When Nora meets Edward, who lives in the big house, their connection is instant. Nora gradually starts spending more and more time there, especially in the secluded garden where Edward can name every flower and plant. As drawn as Nora is to Edward, the house and the garden, she does not follow her mother's explicit instructions to stay away from Bretton House. As the girls grow up, circumstances change, and Nora finds that she’s no longer able to remain in Ballybun. With the opportunity to move to Dublin, where a new life awaits, she grabs the chance to see what the world has to offer her, hardly believing that she’s leaving the place where she thought she would be content for the rest of her life. This is a quiet book with a wonderful, appealing simplicity. Sandy Taylor creates her characters with heart and I could virtually hear their witty banter resonating from the pages. This heart-warming and very clever story has themes of loyalty, love, loss, choice, resilience and most of all, the power of friendship. I highly recommend this utterly plausible five-star read. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of Sandy’s other books, but 'The Little Orphan Girl' is now at the top of my 'to-read' list. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Beautifully Written

    The setting is Ireland in 1924. Nora Doyle is a thirteen-year-old girl, living in a rural area where the struggle for survival is very real. She and her family live in a small cottage that is cold and cramped. She wants to escape being poor, but she doesn't let it stop her smile. One day as she and her best friend, Kitty, are watching another funeral procession they notice the big house on the hill. Nora really wants to see the place where her mother worked at one time and has now forbidden Nora from ever going there but won't say why. When Kitty talks her into sneaking into the garden, the adventure begins. They find an opening and in they go. The garden is beautiful and they aren't the only ones there. A boy named Edward is there. The three form a fast friendship that has Nora spending all the time she can in their secret garden. But Nora is sneaking around going against her mother's wishes. And Edward is the key to a family secret that could change Nora's life forever. This one tugged on my heartstrings. The brutal hardships, the loss, and even the friendships. Well Done! The author pulls us in and doesn't let go. I like that. NetGalley/ February 5th, 2020 by Bookouture
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    Wonderful

    Sandy Taylor is one of those authors whose books I eagerly wait for and pick up without even reading the blurb - she always delivers. With this book she has raised the bar already set so very high with her previous stunning stories. This story is exquisite perfection. Well crafted, beautifully written, emotional, poignant and immersive. I lived every word. The sense of time and place is, as with all her books, just perfect. All the characters come alive on the page. I felt for both Nora and Eddie and their circumstances. I felt that this book was hopeful enough, while still telling the sad, realistic stories that accompany this period in time. I enjoyed the characters and thinking about how different scenarios were taking place with the children of similar ages but different classes. How they experienced similar things, but with their own personal elements. I was enthralled with the story all the way to the end and stayed up too late reading, but it was worth it. A wonderful story, masterfully written. Very highly recommended to everyone.
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    Beautifully written

    This was a new author for me. I am not a huge fan of historical fiction but I find they can be nice break from modern day romance and/or crime fiction. The cover was the first thing to catch my eye and I am pleased to say that I found myself surprisingly hooked from the first page. Once I started I was unable to put it down and devoured this truly enthralling tale in a single evening. Beautifully written, well researched story set in the 1920’s. It is a heartwarming yet heartbreaking tale of friendships, family, hardships and joy. A very moving story indeed. The story flows along perfectly and I completely lost myself for a few hours within this emotional rollercoaster. There are many threads, yet not at all complicated, which the author neatly pulled together. This is the first book I have read by Sandy Taylor, and I will be reading many more. Digging a little further I realised this was a sequel to Sandy Taylor’s book The Little Orphan Girl (released in 2018) which I am looking to read very soon! My sincere thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of ‘THE ORPHAN'S DAUGHTER’ by SANDY TAYLOR All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary
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