ShortBookandScribes #BookReview – Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls by Mary Wood #BlogTour
I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls by Mary Wood today. I really enjoyed this second book of the series. My thanks to Pan Macmillan for the review copy of the book and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the place on the tour.
Elsie’s worked her way up at Swift’s Jam Factory from the shop floor to the top, and now it’s her time to shine. But when she’s involved in an incident involving her half-sister Millie’s new husband, she is forced to keep it secret – the truth could threaten their sisterly bond.
Dot is dogged by fear, coming to terms with her mother’s rejection of her. She should be enjoying the happiness she craves with her beloved Cess; instead, she’s trapped in an asylum, haunted by the horrifying cries of inmates. All she wants is to get married, but what chance is there for her if she’s locked away?
Millie is trying to build a life with her new husband. But the man she loves is not all he seems . . .
Can the Jam Factory girls create the future they all deserve?
This historical saga series begins with The Jam Factory Girls.
It’s been great to catch up with Elsie, Dot and Millie, the jam factory girls of the title, in this second instalment of what is going to be a series about them. Mary Wood is a lovely saga writer, and she always writes an engrossing story filled with ups and downs and highs and lows for the characters.
When we left the girls at the end of book one, they’d all been through quite an upheaval with their respective families and learned a lot about each other. Elsie and Dot are from quite a different background to the upper class, Millie, but they all get on like a house on fire. As always though, the author doesn’t want her characters resting on their laurels and getting too settled and there’s a lot in store in this book for each of them.
At one point I exclaimed out loud as I thought a particular character just couldn’t take anymore, but these girls are strong and I hoped she could get through it. It’s difficult to write a review without saying too much about what happened in book one but I knew that if anyone could cope with all that life was throwing at them then it was these plucky lasses.
Wood’s characterisations are always very convincing and I had such a sense of feeling that the good characters are ones I’d love to be friends with and the horrid ones are ones that I feel a very strong dislike for. The setting is portrayed well too with a big contrast between Elsie and Dot’s tenement past and Millie’s posh house with staff. Then there’s the factory itself, which didn’t play as large a part in this book as the previous one but which is still an integral part of the story. I also enjoyed the social history aspect, with the beginning of improvements in working conditions and women’s rights becoming more prevalent.
I’m looking forward to book three now and to see if Elsie gets her happy ending and how Millie fares after the revelations in this book. I went from smiles to frowns many times as I read this story but one thing that I can always be sure of is that Mary Wood will produce something that is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, tragic yet uplifting. I really enjoyed Secrets of the Jam Factory Girls.
Born the thirteenth child of fifteen to a middle-class mother and an East End barrow boy, Mary Wood’s family was poor, but rich in love. Mary raised four children and has numerous
grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid reader, she first put pen to paper in 1989 and is now a full-time novelist. She is the bestselling author of
numerous books, including The Abandoned Daughter and The Brave Daughters.
Oh wow, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your love of my girls really shines through your words and makes me know I have brought them alive for you. This is such a compliment to me. Thank you too, for all you do for me and my fellow authors. much love, Mary x
It’s my pleasure, Mary. Always happy to read your books.
Lovely, I am totally absorbed in it
Brilliant blog for brilliant book and author x
Great review on this book. I am looking forward to reading it myself.
Fantastic review, & I can’t wait to read it! x
Another great blog,well done Mary ,looking forward to reading 📖 it .xx
Fab review/blog, well deserved for a fantastic Author of brilliant books
Brilliant blog for a fantastic author!
Absolutely amazing review. Thankyou deeply for not revealing in your review and only making it all the more desirable for me to read. Much love vanessa xx
Fabulous review for Mary’s book.
Fantastic review looking forward to reading this book myself
The blog is just brilliant as it draws the reader in again on this journey of the characters in the second book. It did not reveal too much so the reader does not have any spoiler alerts. Mary is a genius and I cannot wait to read a good book again.
Loved the review, I too love books that make you exclaim out loud. Although it can be embarrassing if someone else is around, my colleagues just say “oh she’s enjoying her book” (I read at break times)
Fabulous blog for a Fabulous book and author
Another amazing book Mary, halfway through and loving it..
Great Blog/ review truly well deserved thanks xxx
Great blog, looking forward to reading the book.
Wetting my appetite to read it.
Can’t wait to read especially after all the amazing reviews
Cant wait to read once again.
Your books are as if you are living in the era
Always a fabulous read. X
Fabulous review for a great story-teller!
I love Mary’s books and am reading this at the moment ❤️ A great review, thank you xx
wonderful involving review x