Let bestselling author Lindsey Hutchinson transport you back in time to Marshall’s Children’s Home, for this heart-warming tale from the Black Country.
The Fitch children are finally safe, after they and their friends were rescued from the grim orphanage Reed House by Minnie and Billy Marshall. Their children’s home Marshall’s is full of love and laughter, and a world away from their terrible ordeal of being sold to Una Reed for five shillings.
There are many more children who still need a home, especially in a world where the workhouse is the last option for desperate families, and so Minnie makes it her mission to build Marshall’s into a refuge for all the waifs and strays.
But kind hearts can be taken advantage of, and before long, Marshall’s is under attack. Can Minnie and Billy keep their family together and keep all the children safe, or will they be torn apart again?
You don’t have to particularly be a saga fan to enjoy this book. It has some lovely characters, and an atmosphere of optimism and loyalty pervades, despite the conditions of extreme poverty that are prevalent. I like how the author gives such humanity to these desperately poor people who suffered such deprivation but who still strove to do the right thing, although sometimes being overwhelmed by need and temptation.
The Black Country setting is well portrayed with a smattering of dialect terms that add interest but aren’t overdone to the point of confusion. The detail surrounding food, clothing, accommodation and so forth is amazing, and the author must have done an incredible amount of research. The book really brings this period of history to life in a very vivid and immediate way.
Enjoyable, heart-string tugging and thought-provoking.
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Lindsey Hutchinson is a bestselling saga author whose novels include The Workhouse Children. She was born and raised in Wednesbury, and was always destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother, the multi-million selling Meg Hutchinson.
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