A New Day at Paradise Pottery
An engrossing and heart-warming World War One family saga
by Lynn Johnson
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Pub Date 17 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 21 Jul 2023
In the darkness of the Great War, can she create a brighter future?
Martha Owen has not had an easy start in life. Her abusive father dominates the family and she has lost her only friend after a painful falling-out.
Her father’s reliance on the bottle, and his increasingly violent temper, brings turmoil for Martha, her mother and her three siblings and with World War One causing more strain on the home front, her prospects look bleak.
With no money or qualifications to speak of, starting a job at the Potteries feels like a lifeline, but Martha finds herself wanting more than the production line job she works on.
Her one talent is her artistic flair, but will this be enough to help her rise the ranks at Paradise Pottery and make a future for herself? And can she ever escape her father’s dark shadow over her?
An uplifting and moving saga from the author of the bestselling Wartime with the Tram Girls. Fans of Nancy Revell and Rosie Hendry will be captivated.
Praise for Lynn Johnson’s Potteries Girls series:
‘A poignant, emotional and heart-wrenching read…best read with a box of tissues handy’ Bookish Jottings
‘This truly was a fabulous story from beginning to endand I struggled to put it down!… richly detailed, beautifully written and the storyline along with the characters was enthralling' Rose is Reading
‘I highly recommend reading this and being transported back in time. An excellent historical fiction that had me compulsively turning the pages.’ Books and Bookends
‘Overall, I loved it. There were lots of moments that made me gasp and others that almost made me cry, and then there were those that made me smile and sigh.’ Jess Bookish Life
‘heartwarming and emotional. I absolutely love the story line…I really enjoyed the setting and the characters. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is definitely a book to read ’ Jessica Belmont Book Reviews
‘I’m quite astonished this is a debut novel… The characters came alive on the page, and it’s a fully rounded story… A fabulous read’ Grace J Reviewerlady
‘an emotional, captivating read which is perfect for anyone who loves a good saga!… a fantastic read that quickly drew me into the story and kept my interest throughout with its fabulous plot.’ Over The Rainbow Book Blog
‘the author winds her story around your person and snares your heart… Though filled with much darkness and despair, ;there is also hope and love’ Insatiable Readers
‘Johnson has a Cookson flair…she does capture the heart and soul of her characters.’ Cheryl M-M Book Reviews
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Another brilliant book if you love family saga you will love this book
I love that you feel you are part of the book
Can’t wait to read more
Another sweet installment of The Pottery Girls, this time with a girl who actually enjoyed being a Pottery Girl and used the momentum of WWI to live her dream of being an artist.
What an informative saga, makes you really think about how difficult it was for women to try to establish themselves in business!
The story concentrates on Martha Owen as she tries to keep clear of her domineering father who rules the roost at home, and is known to lift his hands. Her two brothers Daniel and Peter help by standing up to father. Things improve when he’s called to fight for his country. Not only does Martha blossom so does her mother with the assistance of other daughter Issy.
Martha has always dreamed of being a paintress at the pottery which is helped when she meets Jonas who is a modeller. He gives Martha the confidence to see she can do it. Will she get closer to Jonas? Her career is helped by the fact that the son Mr John takes over the running of the pottery, also when Usula adorn overhear a conversation and speaks up for her.
It’s a really engaging story with many threads to keep you engrossed. Recommend.