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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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
RRR presents... NELLIE'S HEARTBREAK by Rosie Clarke - REVIEW!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're bringing you a stop along the Rachel's Random Resources tour featuring a work of Historical Fiction that you will fall in love with. Okay, so if you're a fan of the genre, you'll fall in love with it, but I digress...the story is one that will linger in the heart. Ladies and gents, today's ebook of choice and blog tour guest...
About the book...
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?
Nellie will still your heart right from the very start. Her story begins in her youth as she spends time with friends, gentle glances with young love, and helps out around the house. She loves her Da, has a beautiful relationship with her Grandda, adores her little brother, but just can't seem to do anything right for her mother. It's always been that way, but nevertheless...she persisted. When her birthday rolls around and the end of her school days passes, she dreams of what the future might hold...only to have the rug of contentment pulled out from under her as she is set away that very same day to pursue a life of service. It's not the worst thing, it's true, and plenty make a life of it, but it wasn't her choice. She wasn't even prepared for it, and yet accept it she must...but she does so with a full heart, as everything else she tackles in life.
As the cover states, what can not be cured, must be endured....and she follows that through everything life throws at her. From her shaky start at the Beaumont house to the new life she builds in London, her time returning to the one place she never dreamed of after bridges were burned to a future she couldn't have imagined, but made her own nonetheless. She was a force to be reckoned with, as the power of her heart knew no bounds, despite having been let down time and again. She always managed to pick herself up, and find her way...and that attitude, that determination, that heart affected others around her as well. It opened doors she never thought to try, and made memories she'd cherish forever.
To summarize, it is most certainly a character driven novel, and all the better for it. My heart went out to Nellie at every turn of her life, and I can only hope that in the face of pain and discouragement, I would have as much sense of self to endure and overcome. Oh, but I can't close without stating a simple fact, there are some characters that are not worth the space they take up (and written to be so), but even their tainted lies, and sullen attitudes are something to learn and grow from....although I'm not so certain I could have kept turning the other cheek.
About the author...
Special thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!