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Sunday, February 21, 2021

RRR presents... DAUGHTER OF THE SEA by Sylvia Broady - EXCERPT!

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Today, we're shining the BOOK SPOTLIGHT on a title on tour with Rachel's Random Resources and diving between the pages of a book that, from the sound of things, will have our leading lady getting her sea legs in life, and finding herself along the way.  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...

Daughter of the Sea
Sylvia Broady

About the book...
‘Well-paced … genuinely gripping’ Historical Novels Review 

Jessica is grieving for her beloved father, trawler owner Jacob Kingdom, when a heated confrontation ends with her being cast out from the family home and the revelation of a shameful secret. She falls upon the kindness of strangers and meets a charismatic trawlerman, who is proud to walk out with Kingdom’s daughter. 

But with her cold-hearted brother at the helm of the family business, there is discontent rising, and being Kingdom’s daughter begins to lose its charm. With Jessica desperate to prove herself worthy to the tight-knit community, does she have what it takes to weather the storm to come, or will her secret hold her back?


~~~   EXCERPT   ~~~

4 – extract. Jessica naively, has fallen in love with a charismatic trawlerman and becomes pregnant.

‘We’re getting married,’ cried an excited Jessica.

Elsie disappeared, returning with a tray bearing three glasses of rum. ‘A toast to your good news,’ Elsie beamed. ‘Where will you live?’ she asked.

‘With Mam!’ exclaimed Rick. ‘Won’t she mind?’ Jessica asked, not sure if she wanted to start married life with her mother-in-law.

‘Mam’s the salt of the earth; she’ll welcome you with open arms.’

‘Then I have to meet her. She sounds lovely.’

The next day hurried arrangements were made for Jessica to meet Bertha Gallager and she’d made a special effort with her appearance. She applied a touch of powder and lipstick, teased out the curls of her freshly washed hair and wore a navy-blue dress with a white collar and tiny pearl buttons down the front of the bodice. Glancing in the mirror at her reflection, she hoped she’d created the right impression for her prospective mother-in-law to approve of her.

She smelt the Dutch courage on Rick’s breath as the taxi drew up outside Bertha’s house on Cambridge Street. Jessica cast her eyes over the neat-looking house in a row of identical ones. There were cream net curtains covering the lower part of the sash windows. With a jerk, the brown-painted front door opened and a woman wearing a floral crossover pinafore stood on the well-scrubbed step with arms akimbo and her thin lips set. She reminded Jessica of Claude and she shuddered.

Rick helped her out of the taxi and with his arm possessively around her shoulders, swaggered towards his mother. ‘Hello, Mam, got the kettle on?’

Jessica felt the woman’s cold, flint-grey eyes assessing her. ‘You best come in, the neighbours will have enough to gossip about,’ said the woman.

This wasn’t quite the welcome Jessica had anticipated, having in her mind a kind, caring woman. Perhaps it was the shock of hearing she was expecting a baby. Once in the kitchen, Bertha made a fuss of Rick and ignored Jessica. For once in her life, Jessica felt tongue-tied and wished she’d thought to bring flowers for Bertha.

As they sat round the table drinking tea, Jessica forced herself to speak and said, ‘It’s nice of you to let Rick and I live here after our wedding.’

Bertha gave her a cold stare and replied, ‘Where else would my son live?’

An icy-cold blast ran through Jessica’s body making her shiver.

Rick excused himself and went out to the lavatory in the backyard. Then Bertha pounced. ‘What the hell game are you playing? Trapping my son with a bairn. He doesn’t need a wife, he’s got me to look after him, and he can have a bit of other anytime with any girl. So why would he need you? You’re nowt but trouble. I bet yer a wrong’un. Why else would yer mother chuck you out? Money or not, I don’t want my Rick tied up with the likes of you.’ With that outburst, Bertha grabbed a cigarette from Rick’s packet, lit it and turned her back on Jessica.

Jessica opened her mouth, but no words came. She wished she smoked to help steady the growing uneasiness within her. Instead, she stared into her half-empty cup of tea. So it was common knowledge she’d left Glenlochy House.


About the author...

Sylvia Broady was born in Hull and has lived in the area all her life, although she loves to travel the world. It wasn’t until she started to frequent her local library after World War II that her relationship with literature truly began, and her memories of the war influence her writing as does her home town. She has had a varied career in childcare, the NHS and the EYC Library Services, but is now a full-time writer.


Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

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