The Lost Daughter of Liverpool: A heartbreaking and gritty family saga
(The Mersey Trilogy Book 1)
It’s 1946 and the war is over. In Liverpool, the blackout blinds may be coming down, but one family is about to face devastating misfortune…
Dora Evans is finally marrying the love of her life, Joe Rodgers, and her dreams of opening a dressmaking business look as if they might come true. With twin daughters on the way, Dora has everything she’s ever wanted.
But then tragedy strikes: one of Dora’s babies dies in infancy, and a catastrophic fire changes their lives forever. Dora is consumed with grief, struggling to get through each day and Joe is suddenly distant, finding solace in his colleague, Ivy.
With Ivy watching and scheming, and Dora battling against her own demons, can she keep her family together?
The Lost Daughter of Liverpool is a heartbreaking and gripping story of love, loss and hope. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Diney Costeloe and Kitty Neale. Discover Pam’s new series, The Mersey Trilogy, today.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2634 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (3 Feb. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NAIKA1W
- Source: Review copy via Netgalley
This book is certainly not my normal read. For anyone that knows me or the small few that follow my reviews, you will know I'm a BIG Crime fiction fan.
But funnily enough the day I requested this book, Mum and I had been chatting about family, and I have quite a bit of family living in Liverpool. I also fondly remember my mum used to read an awful lot of family saga books, so thought I'd have a complete change and give this a go.
I'm so glad I did. What a refreshing change to my usual crime read. The story is brilliant. Very well written. It flowed beautifully.
I was interested right from the first chapter. The scenes and characters are described so well that you could almost feel like you were there with them. It's a very easy to follow to book, and in no time you are dragged into the lives of the characters. Living their lives with them, going through the joys, the heartache, the grief. You become so consumed in their lives. A real trip back in time. It was interesting reading how things were back in the 1940s with the midwife turning up on her bicycle, the food rations. You sometimes just don't realise how much things have changed so much.
Once I started this book, I just couldn't wait for every chance I got to read it. But I made sure once I was well into the book that each time I sat down with a cuppa to read, I also got the tissue box by my side.
I just loved the character Dora and everything about her, her ups and her downs, her happiness and her heartache. I felt so much for her throughout the book. I really feel like I have been on a journey with Dora, like I really got to know her. I found myself wanting to help her. I loved how the story was told, as things were so different back then.
The book ended well, but ended with you wanting more, almost like you wish the follow on was available now because you would have gone right on to read it. To find out how things turn out.
This is book 1, and you know what I am most certainly looking forward to the next book. Who knows maybe I might just have to read a few other books out of my usual comfort zone.
About PAM HOWES
Pam is a retired interior designer, mum to three daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren and roadie to her musician partner.
The inspiration for Pam’s first novel came from her teenage years, working in a record store, and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. The first novel evolved into a series about a fictional band The Raiders. She is a fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to begin writing.
You can find Pam on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PamHowes1
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"Absolute belter of a story!!" Chelle's Book Reviews
“I loved this book! … have a supply of tissues ready … a beautifully written book that kept me reading until the early hours. I just didn’t want it to end.” 5* Stardust Book Reviews
“a new favourite saga writer to add to my list.” 5* Bookworms & Shutterbugs
“I love this book so much … [it will] keep you gasping for more … Oh my dayz.” 5* Read Along With Sue Ward
“one of the best family sagas I've read … A wonderful, emotional roller coaster of a read, highly recommended … tissues are essential!” Brook Cottage Books
“a deeply moving story…I found myself gasping out loud … [it] brought me close to tears … I found The Lost Daughter of Liverpool increasingly hard to put down … I will certainly be back for part two … definitely one to watch out for.” Em the Bookworm
“The story is brilliant … Once I started this book, I just couldn't wait for every chance I got to read it.” 4* I Love Reading
“What a beautiful book! Brilliantly written, this warm-hearted, evocative tale was amazing from start to finish.” 5 * Renita D’Silva
“Oh wow absolutely superb. Read it in under two days. Loved everything about this book. A fantastic story and I'm so excited for the next one in this trilogy.” Goodreads Reviewer
“The storyline was brilliant and had me hooked from the first chapter, really looking forward to reading the follow up” 5* Goodreads Reviewer
“… Just fantastic. Being a big fan of family saga’s, this book didn’t disappoint, it had it all. Love, heartbreak, obsession, loss and hope. Fantastic real characters that made me feel for each one of them. I can highly recommend this page turning saga…” Goodreads Reviewer
“This was an excellent novel. With brilliant main characters and a wonderful plot, this book is a real page turner. I would highly recommend this book.” Goodreads Reviewer