Even when all seems lost…

Synopsis

Even in the darkest of times, she never gave up hope

Staffordshire, 1911. Ginnie Jones’s childhood is spent in the shadow of the famous Potteries, living with her mother, father and older sister Mabel. But with Father’s eyesight failing, money is in short supply, and too often the family find their bellies aching with hunger. With no hope in sight, Ginnie is sent to Haddon Workhouse.

Separated from everything she has known, Ginnie has to grow up fast, earning her keep by looking after the other children with no families of their own. When she meets Clara and Sam, she hopes that she has made friends for life… until tragedy strikes, snatching away her newfound happiness.

Leaving Haddon three years later, Ginnie finds work as a mouldrunner at the Potteries, but never stops thinking about her friends in the workhouse – especially Sam, now a caring, handsome young man. When Sam and Ginnie are reunited, their bond is as strong as ever – until Sam is sent to fight in WW1. Faced with uncertainty, can Ginnie find the joy that she’s never had? Or will her heart be broken once again?

An emotional, uplifting and nostalgic family saga that will make you smile, while tugging on your heart-strings. Fans of Sheila Newbury, Kitty Neale and Sheila Riley will love this beautiful read.

My review

Ginnie has initially a happy childhood. At home they don’t have much, but there is love and happiness.
But when her father starts losing his eyesight, Ginnie finds herself in Haddon Workhouse.
A bond is made with Clara and Sam, and soon they are best of friends.
But her newfound happiness is short-lived, as tragedy strikes again.

When her estranged sister asks for her help after 3 years, she moves from Haddon and works at the Potteries. Even with her new life, she often thinks about her old friends and especially Sam, who has a special place in her heart.
juts when Ginnie and Sam are thinking about being together, Sam is sent away, fighting for World War I.

Will they find there happily after?

A beautiful saga!
It starts with a young Ginnie, not having a clue how the worlds works. The fact of being poor is such an abstract thing for her, she doesn’t realize what impact it will have on her life
When she arrives at Haddon Workhouse, she still hopes that her parents will come get her, and will visit her often. She doesn’t understand why she is left alone…

But when she is becoming friends with Clara and Sam, I was happy for her, as she finally has someone to rely on.
As simple as the friendship seems, the bond is a deep one.

Sometimes I was despairing together with Ginnie, because everything she had to endure, seems so unjust… You just want her to be happy and see her settled.
In the same time, you see Ginnie growing up. From this insecure girl, she is growing up to a young woman who has seen plenty of the world.
And despite everything she went through in the past, she never gives up, stands her ground and never give up dreaming.

This story shows that all hope is never truly lost, and that friendship, love and family is worth keeping the faith!

 

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