The Orphans of Bell Lane

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 22 Aug 2019

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A lovely read with fantastic characters and a great writing style. I went through tons of emotions while reading and was drawn in from the very beginning. I love these type of sagas and I'll definitely look out for more from the author in the future.
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Excellent book from beginning to end. 
The storyline was very good and I loved the characters 
The author has a really good writing style and I look forward to reading more books by her
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As orphans Rosa and Grace are forced into the workhouse. Rosa being the eldest looks out for Grace to stop her being bullied. 
Moving forward. Rosa has married a loving husband who generously gives a lot of his wages away to anyone who gives him a sob story often leaving his own 3 children without enough to eat or a comfortable home life.
      
      Grace has been placed with The claire family who are well to do who and have a daughter with whom Grace has become her companion. She has trained to become a teacher and life is good.  When Grace returns to see her sister she notices how frail she has become and the cough she has is worrying.  She clears their rent arrears and leaves enough food to keep them going. Eventually the inevitable happens and consumption hits Rosa. Leaving the children motherless, Grace decides to move back to the family but has a mind to teach the children the 4 "r's" Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and religion.  Word gets out and many more children want to be taught by Grace, encouraging her to find somewhere bigger she can take on the eager children. 
      Meanwhile, there are frighteningly gangs of girls with knives who will stop at nothing to feed themselves and their siblings. But Grace stands up to one of them when they try to stab her. With the generous help of the locals and a charity, she finds the ideal place for her school under the railway.
This is a lovely story of struggle and hardship. It kept me engrossed from the first page and the 5 stars are very worthy.
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book. xx
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A lovely strong story with characters that blend well and i have really enjoyed this book and can highly recommend this book well worth the 5*
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This book has a fantastic story line, excellent characters and is just wonderful.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone and I enjoyed it immensely.
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