This book was sent to me for review purposes by Aria Publishing. All opinions are my own.
I’ll start this review by saying that Nobody’s Girl by Tania Crosse surprised me. Honestly, I expected it to be a pretty cheesy, historical fiction romance just based on the front cover blurb. This book ended up being one of the favorites I’ve read. It was just so good. There will be spoilers in this review.
In November 1919 life couldn’t be better for Wigmore (Wig) and Clarrissa (Clarrie) Stratfield-Whyte. They’re wealthy, happily married and have a beautiful baby girl. Their world soon falls apart, however, when during a night out their live in nanny, Nana May, calls them and tells them to come home quickly. The baby, Rosebud, is feverish and won’t wake up, so the doctor is called. Unfortunately, nothing can be done and the little girl dies. Both Wigmore and Clarrie are devastated and Clarrie almost can’t function anymore. After months of grieving they decide that maybe a fresh start in a new home would be best. They soon find a gorgeous home in the countryside of England. They live there happily until many years later when fate and tragedy throw the couple into the life of Meg Chandler. Their personal driver crashes their automobile into Meg’s parents cart, killing both of them and leaving Meg an orphan. Clarrie can’t help but see her long deceased daughter in Meg and is determined to help the young woman. Meg is bitter about the loss of her parents and at first refuses help from Wig and Clarrie. Soon though, Meg is out of options and with no place to go she accepts help from the couple. She moves into their home but tells them she’ll only live there if she can work as a servant and earn her own way. Meg is fiercely proud and still can’t help resenting them, despite their kindness. Meg soon falls into a comfortable routine in her work and life. As the grief over her parents starts to dissipate she thinks she might actually be able to be happy again. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s made an enemy and this enemy is dead set on destroying her…
This book is set in England between when World War I ended and when World War II begins. I loved all of the historical detail put into this. The characters often talk about things going on in the world around them as tensions are rising and they’re very afraid of another war beginning. I feel the author captured what most people were probably feeling in that time period very well. I loved all of the characters because they were detailed and realistic. This is a book filled with grief. It’s not just a sunny love story but there is a lot of love in it, and not just romantic love. There is a few love stories in the book but there’s also the intense love between parent, child and friends.
This is just a really good book that I highly recommend. It’s not corny or sappy but is a well told story. I will be reviewing the sequel to this book, A Place to Call Home, as apart of my first ever blog tour on October 20th! I’m very excited about it because I’m sure the sequel will be as good as this one was. I would love to hear if this book sounds like something you’d be interested in! Thank you for reading and have a great day!
*Below is all of the information about the blog tour, the author and the sequel!
About the author
Delaying her childhood dream of writing historical novels until her family had grown up, Tania eventually completed a series of published stories based on her beloved Dartmoor. She is now setting her future sagas in London and the south east.
About the book
An intense and emotive WW2 story of love, courage and friendship in the face of the horrors and hardships of war. Perfect for the fans Jo Cox and Nadine Dorries.
Thrown together by tragic circumstances some years previously, Meg and Clarrie’s hard-won friendship eventually brought them both some sense of peace. But how deep do their feelings run, and how long can their happiness last?
The outbreak of war brings a new set of concerns and emotions, especially with the arrival of the evacuees who come to share their home and lives.
Can they unite to form a bond powerful enough to sustain them through the darkest days of war?
And what will happen when an enemy from Meg’s past comes back to haunt her?
The heart-warming sequel to Nobody’s Girl.
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