Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be sharing my review for; The Mersey Angels by Sheila Riley. I have a confession, this review was to be posted alongside the blog tour which was due a few weeks ago, but I did have a tough time actually writing this review as I was in two frames of mind about the book which I will explain in the review.
Firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.
About the Book
The Mersey Angels by Sheila Riley
Series: The Dockside Saga #2
Genre: Historical Fiction
Following the death of her father, Ruby Swift, and husband Archie finally move back into Ashland Hall.
As the Great War rages, fathers and sons take the King’s Shilling and head off to fight the unknown enemy, not knowing what horrors lie ahead.
With Ned Kincaid in the Navy, Archie signs up to the volunteer constabulary and nurses Anna Cassidy and Ellie Harrington enlist to do their bit for King and Country.
Soon the true casualties of war are being brought home in droves, Ruby converts Ashland Hall into an auxiliary hospital for wounded servicemen.
It’s not long before the true cost of war is brought closer to home and Anna and Ellie enlist in the British Military Nursing Corp and soon find themselves in the battlefields of France in search of the truth.
But they soon discover more than they bargained for…
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I am a sucker for stories set during the great war, it’s an era I am fascinated about and I have read a lot of books set in this era, that was one of the reason’s why I decided to read this book. Even though it did leave me in two frames of mind (more about that later) I did enjoy it, I can’t say I loved it but it was a decent story.
I did love the premise of the plot and that the story revolves around two women in particular who take up the call and lend their hands to the Nursing core.
This is the second instalment in the ‘Dockside Saga’ as I haven’t read the first book I can honestly say that you don’t need to, I read it as a stand-alone and it worked well enough for me. It’s an easy enough book to fall into without stressing that you have missed out on something from the previous stories.
I liked Anna and Ellie, they are both courageous, loyal, kind and caring young women who just want to do their bit. They have this calling and that calling takes them to the front, I admired them and liked their compassion and understanding of how they stick together and their genuine kindness.
One of the things I did love about the book is the extraordinary attention to detail, the hard work and research which has gone into The Mersey Angels are wonderful, the rich historical detail shines through and it is that part of the book which I enjoyed the most. I loved the little details which bring the entire story to life, the vivid detailing from their clothing to their day to day life puts meat onto the bones and keeps you engaged.
As I said above, that I am in mixed feelings about this, I did struggle with it quite a bit – which is the reason why this review has taken me so long to write, I will never write a slating review that will upset, I will always take time to say what I feel about a book in an honest but non-critical/hurtful way. This was one of those books which I did have to put down and come back to as I felt there were moments that I did find it a chore to read. Sorry!
Yet, on the other hand, there were times when I enjoyed it and thought ‘right, we are finally on track’ and those parts of the book spoke to me and I started falling into the lives of the characters once more. But more often than not there was a lot of repetition in phrases and wording. Again, apologies!
Overall, The Mersey Angels is an enjoyable story of secrets, family and friends, it’s full of courage and emotion. I think it’s a tad long-winded for my liking, but for those who love their family fuelled saga’s then this is a must-read.
About the Author
Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing a new saga trilogy for Boldwood under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands near to where she spent her early years. She still lives in Liverpool. Her new trilogy began with The Mersey Orphan in September 2019.
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