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Book Review: The Forgotten orphan by Glynis Peters

Genre Historical fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: From the internationally bestselling author of The Secret Orphan. A world at warA secret from her pastA chance to be together… A moving and compelling historical novel about love, second chances and resilience in the darkest of timesSouthampton 1940 Abandoned when she was tiny, Maisie Reynolds was separated from… Continue reading Book Review: The Forgotten orphan by Glynis Peters

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Book Review: A Home for Unloved Children (The Orphans of Hope House Book 1) by Rachel Wesson

Genre: Historical Fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: Virginia, 1933: Her heart broke as she took in the scene before her. There were too many orphans and not enough beds. The rags they wore barely covered them and they hadn’t eaten in days. How could anyone let innocent children live like this? She picked up a tiny… Continue reading Book Review: A Home for Unloved Children (The Orphans of Hope House Book 1) by Rachel Wesson

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Book Review: The lost children by Shirley Dickinson

Genre: Historical fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and screeching planes skim the rooftops overhead. They cradle each other, shivering in terror, not knowing if they will live to see dawn. Their mother, Martha, has no choice but to… Continue reading Book Review: The lost children by Shirley Dickinson

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Book Review: The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

Genre: Historical Fiction/ YA Rating: 5/5 Plot: Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by a mysterious and handsome young master who keeps the… Continue reading Book Review: The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

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Book Review: The time of our lives by Lynda Page

Genre: Historical Fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: When Rhonda Fleming runs away from home the last place she expects to end up is at a Jolly's holiday camp. But a chance encounter with a chalet maid at the train station leads Rhonnie to Mablethorpe on a cold winter's day and her life changes for ever. Thrown… Continue reading Book Review: The time of our lives by Lynda Page

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Book Review: The Paris children by Gloria Goldreich

Rating: 4/5 Genre: Historical Fiction Plot: Inspired by the true story of one woman's fight to survive during the 20th century's darkest hour Paris, 1935. A dark shadow falls over Europe as Adolf Hitler's regime gains momentum, leaving the city of Paris on the brink of occupation. Young Madeleine Levy—granddaughter of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish… Continue reading Book Review: The Paris children by Gloria Goldreich

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Book Review: The Little runaways by Cathy Sharp

Genre: Historical fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: A gritty drama that will appeal to fans of The Throwaway Children and authors Nadine Dorries and Kitty Neale. When little Terry and Nancy arrive at the door of St Saviour’s Children’s Home, they seem shellshocked after being orphaned in the fire that killed their parents. Terry is terribly… Continue reading Book Review: The Little runaways by Cathy Sharp

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Book Review: The Orphans of Half Penny Street by Cathy Sharp

Genre: Historical fiction Rating: 5/5 Plot: When there is nowhere else to turn, St Saviour’s will give them hope… It’s 1947 and London’s East End is still a bombed-out landscape. Sister Beatrice, who runs the St Saviour’s Children’s Home, knows that life is still a precarious existence for many children and it seems that there… Continue reading Book Review: The Orphans of Half Penny Street by Cathy Sharp

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Book Review: The House at Mermaid Cove by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

Genre: Historical Fiction Rating; 5/5 Plot: In April 1943 a young woman washes ashore on a deserted beach in Cornwall, England. With shorn hair and a number stitched on her tattered chemise, Alice is the survivor of a ship torpedoed by a German U-boat. She’s found by the mysterious Viscount Jack Trewella, who suspects that… Continue reading Book Review: The House at Mermaid Cove by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

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Book Review: The Nurses of Lark Lane by Pam Howes

Genre: Historical Fiction Plot: Liverpool, 1955. With her abusive husband drinking all her wages, Alice faces a daily struggle to provide for her family. Her eldest daughter Cathy has always longed to be a nurse, but when the family’s poverty means she’s forced to leave school and get a job – without the qualifications she needs – it looks like… Continue reading Book Review: The Nurses of Lark Lane by Pam Howes