Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be jointly kicking of the the blog tour for; Nellie’s Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke, I can’t wait to share my review of this book with you all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
Nellie’s Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke
Genre: Historical Fiction, Saga
A new stand-alone saga set in Yorkshire around out the outbreak of the second world war and the unlikely relationship between a master and servant.
As a small child, Nellie Peace was always dreaming but sensed her mother’s rejection.
Abandoned and sent into service at Beaumont House at an early age, Nellie is lost and alone until she meets the unpredictable and reclusive artist, Lucas Harrington and falls in love with him.
This unlikely association between master and servant is encouraged by Lucas’s gentle natured Aunt Alice as Lucas sees something unusual in Nellie and is compelled to paint her.
Broken promises lead to inevitable heartbreak and Nellie flees Beaumont House in disgrace for London.
Alone again, Nellie must learn to live and fend for herself and her new-born child.
Can Nellie win a second chance of happiness and can she solve the mystery of her mother’s tortured past?
Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3uzCjlH
Firstly, let me just say how beautiful that cover is, it was one of the things which caught my attention about this book. It’s so eye-catching and fits in really well with the overall story, bit thumbs up to the art department.
Nellie’s Heartbreak is pretty much exactly what you would expect from the title; there is heartbreak, sadness, tears and family secrets and drama. If you love a good jaunt down the Saga path where tissues are needed at every avenue, with a strong working-class central cast of characters and then we have a fair few ‘Downton-esque‘ cast. I like the diverseness of the characters, some are really likable and a few not so, there were some who I could help but thoroughly hate then this is the book for you.
I am always drawn to books that focus more on working-class characters than that of the aristocracy/upper crust, I love following their journey as they face so much prejudice and troubles and this was right up my saga loving street, think Catherine Cookson then you may have an inkling of why I love this book.
Nellie’s Heartbreak is what I call a ‘proper Saga‘ it’s emotional and dramatic while at the same time a little long-winded and I did feel that it was slow in parts, but the good certainly out-weighs any misgivings I had about it as overall, Nellie’s Heartbreak is an engaging story with memorable character’s, it will take the reader through a range of emotions and I can guarantee that you will feel a tear or two while Nellie tackles the hardship of her life.
The story opens in little out of the way Yorkshire village in 1935, the moment Nellie turns the tender age of fifteen she is abruptly torn from everything she knows; her family, school her very life as her mother sends her away to start work. It may seem a wee bit harsh especially considering just how clever Nellie was and how well she was doing school, but this was a fact of life during the time, but what is different with Nellie’s story is that it is all her mother’s doing. So without further ado, Nellie is deposited unceremoniously into a little attic room in the grand Beaumont House to become the laundress. Was that her mother’s doing, knowing how much Nellie hated the chore? Or is her mother so wrapped up in her past and her seemingly coldness to her daughter that she just wants to be rid of as soon as possible?
All these questions will be answered through the entirety of the book, just not by me here!
Once there it is not long before she meets and falls head over heels in love with the rakishly charming and handsome ‘Lord of the manor’ Lucas Harrington, I liked the sweet and fiery relationship they had, but I do think he is a user a ruthless cad who as with many of his class tend to think of themselves and not the hurt that they cause to others. I can see why Nellie would be smitten by him but I really couldn’t find myself warming to him, he hurts her again and again and still, she can’t seem to tear away from her infatuation with him.
Nellie doesn’t have an easy time throughout the book, there are so many troubles ahead that plague her, the writing is beautiful and engaging that you feel every sorrow and hurt which Nellie must face, plus the occasional bright spark which makes all the heartache worthwhile. I felt for Nellie especially with the tension and animosity between herself and her mother, it seems there is so much against her and so much standing in the way.
Nellie’s Heartbreak isn’t the lightest of books to read, but it’s worth it. I liked the story, the characters and especially the era, I would say the pacing felt a little off to me, at times it flowed with ease and then other times it felt a little slow (but that’s just my opinion).
Overall Nellie’s Heartbreak is a wonderful addition to any historical fiction fan’s bookshelf, it captures the imagination as well as your heart.
This is the first book I have read by Rosie Clarke, despite having one or two of her previous books sitting on my kindle, I am so pleased that I finally got the chance to read one of her tear-jerker and charming books, I will be reading more from Ms Clarke.
About the Author
Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire. Rosie’s brand new saga series, Welcome to Harpers Emporium began in December 2019.
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