I am so happy to say today on the blog I have The Orphanage Girls by Mary Wood. Thanks to Random Things Tours and Mary Wood for the copy of the book to take part.
Children deserve a family to call their own.
Ruth dares to dream of another life – far away from the horrors within the walls of Bethnal Green’s infamous orphanage. Luckily she has her friends, Amy and Ellen – but she can’t keep them safe, and the suffering is only getting worse. Surely there must be a way out of here?
But when Ruth breaks free from the shackles of confinement and sets out into East London, hoping to make a new life for herself, she finds that, for a girl with nowhere to turn, life can be just as tough on the outside.
Bett keeps order in this unruly part of the East End – and takes Ruth under her wing alongside orphanage escapee Robbie. But it is Rebekah, a kindly woman, who offers Ruth and Robbie a home – something neither have ever known. Yet even these two stalwart women cannot protect them when the police learn of an orphan on the run. It is then that Ruth must do everything in her power to hide.
Her life – and those of the friends she left behind at the orphanage – depend on it.
Every Mary Wood book tears my heart apart everytime I read one. The Orphanage Girls proved no different. Book one in a new series and it makes for a fantastic start.
A historical fiction saga that’s set in Bethnal Green. We meet Ruth, who was abandoned twelve years ago on a priests doorstep and raised in Calton Orphanage. At twelve years old she finds herself free with just the shawl from one of her orphanage family, Hetty. This is the story of Ruth’s journey to attempt to bring a better life for herself and Hetty, Amy and Ellen, her family…the Orphanage Girls.
As always Mary Wood expertly transported me back in time, to Ruth and I felt like I was side by side with her, as she does everything in her power to make a life for them all. Such an emotional tale, with characters so well drawn I found I was invested in Ruth and her family from the very start. I could easily picture Ruth and the almost impossible task she had in front of her. I found myself so happy when Rebekah offered a home to Ruth and a new start.
The research that has been done to create this story shines through every page. There is such authenticity throughout the book, I believed everything I read. I am sure this is going to be one heck of a series when the books are out. Everyone feels real and the sense of place is just right. I was captivated with Ruth and her plight.
A historical saga that will pull at the heartstrings and make you smile as well. The vividness of the details mean you feel like you are there, with friends too. I couldn’t recommend this book enough.
About the Author
Born the thirteenth child of fifteen to a middle-class mother and an East End barrow boy, Mary Wood’s childhood was a mixture of love and poverty. Throughout her life Mary has held various posts in office roles, working in the Probation services and bringing up her four children and numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid reader, she first put pen to paper in 1989 whilst nursing her mother through her last months, but didn’t become successful until she began self-publishing her novels in 2011.
Her novels include All I Have to Give, An Unbreakable Bond, In Their Mother’s Footsteps and The Breckton Novels.