Sunday, 28 April 2019

Review ~ The Daughters of Ironbridge by Mollie Walton

Bonnier Zaffre
18 April 2019

My  thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

Divided by class, they are united by friendship.

1830s Shropshire.

Anny Woodvine's family has worked at the ironworks for as long as she can remember. The brightest child in her road and the first in her family to learn to read, Anny has big dreams. So, when she is asked to run messages for the King family, she grabs the opportunity with both hands.

Margaret King is surrounded by privilege and wealth. But behind closed doors, nothing is what it seems. When Anny arrives, Margaret finds her first ally and friend. Together they plan to change their lives.

But as disaster looms over the ironworks, Margaret and Anny find themselves surrounded by secrets and betrayal. Can they hold true to each other and overcome their fate? Or are they destined to repeat the mistakes of the past?

My thoughts..

In the Shropshire town of Ironbridge, two girls find that despite their very different upbringing they have a natural delight in each other's company. However society doesn't look too kindly on a girl from the big house and the daughter of the iron works owner, mixing with one of the girls from the poorer side of town whose father is one of the iron foundry workers.

Anny Woodvine is a canny lass, she's bright and intelligent and her ability to read and write takes her life in a different direction that that of her contemporaries.When she is asked to run errands for the ironwork's estate manager, Mr Brotherton, Anny is thrilled to have this special responsibility. However, her clandestine friendship with the more affluent, Margaret King, will lead Anny into danger.

The Daughters of Ironbridge is a lovely historical saga which is made all the more fascinating by having two delightful lead characters who add a vibrant energy to the story. The author brings to life the chasm of social differences and shows that whilst money brings comfort, it doesn't always bring happiness, and as Margaret finds out, to her cost family secrets, which run deep can have a devastating effect on the future.

This is the author's first foray into historical saga writing and in The Daughters of Ironbridge she has made a commendable start in a story which is filled with historical detail, bringing to life  just what it was like to live and work in the industrial age, and whilst it was a time of great social changes, this novel shows, that the great divide between rich and poor was still very much alive. I especially loved getting to know Anny and Margaret who each bring something rather special to this lovely story.

I think this is the start of a trilogy, and the ending of the story certainly lends itself to a further continuation. I can't wait to see what happens next ๐Ÿ˜Š

About the Author

Mollie Walton brilliantly weaves fact and fiction to create an exquisite heart-warming and heart breaking saga perfect for lovers of Margaret Dickinson. The Daughters of Ironbridge is the first novel from debut saga author Mollie Walton. Mollie Walton is the pseudonym for critically acclaimed historical novelist Rebecca Mascull.

Twitter @rebeccamascull #TheDaughtersofIronbridge


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