Hull, 1930. A terrified woman runs through the dark, rain-lashed streets pursued by a man, desperate to reach the sanctuary of the local police station. Alice Goddard runs with one thing in her mind: her daughter. In her panic, she is hit by a car at speed and rushed to hospital. When she awakes, she has no memory of who she is, but at night she dreams of being hunted by a man, and of a little girl.
As the weeks pass and her memories gradually resurface, Alice anxiously searches for her daughter, but no one is forthcoming about the girl’s whereabouts – even her own mother is evasive. Penniless and homeless, Alice must begin again and rebuild her life, never giving up hope that one day she will be reunited with her lost daughter.
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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Beginning with a tragic event, the first part of this story has a gentle pace, as Alice discovers what she has lost, how powerless she is, and gradually begins to rebuild her life.
Exploring the institutions, and events of the 1930s and 1940s, this story has an interesting, authentic setting. Alice is a likeable character, whose character develops, through adversity, friendship and tenacity, as the story progresses.
The first part of the story does seem to be more tell than show, but as Alice matures, her emotions and motivations are dominant, making the story enthralling. It is sad and poignant, in some respects, but also shows the importance of women in World War Two and how hard they fought for, any degree of empowerment.
Easy to read, rich in historical detail, with characters whose vibrancy increases, as the story develops, this is an enjoyable read, for lovers of sagas, and historical fiction.
Sylvia Broady was born in Kingston upon Hull and has lived in the area all her life, though she loves to travel the world. It wasn’t until she started to frequent her local library, after World War 2, that her relationship with literature truly began and her memories of war influence her writing, as does her home town. A member of the: RNA, HNS, S of A and Beverley Writers. She has had a varied career in childcare, the NHS and East Yorkshire Council Library Services, but is now a full-time writer. Plus volunteering as a Welcomer at Beverley Minster to visitors from around the world, and raising money for local charities by singing in the choir of the Beverley Singers, both bringing colour and enrichment to her imagination and to her passion for writing.
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