ShortBookandScribes #BookReview – The Abandoned Daughter by Mary Wood @Authormary @panmacmillan #BlogTour
I’m always over the moon to be reading and reviewing a Mary Wood book. This time it’s The Abandoned Daughter, the second in the Girls Who Went to War series. My thanks to Mary for asking me to be a part of the tour and to Ellis Keene from Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of the book for review purposes.
Voluntary nurse Ella is haunted by the soldiers’ cries she hears on the battlefields of Dieppe. But that’s not the only thing that haunts her. When her dear friend Jim breaks her trust, Ella is left bruised and heartbroken. Over the years, her friendships have been pulled apart at the seams by the effects of war. Now, more than ever, she feels so alone.
At a military hospital in France, Ella befriends Connie and Paddy. Slowly she begins to heal, and finds comfort in the arms of a French officer called Paulo – could he be her salvation?
With the end of the war on the horizon, surely things have to get better? Ella grew up not knowing her real family but a clue leads her in their direction. What did happen to Ella’s parents, and why is she so desperate to find out?
Cor blimey, Mary Wood doesn’t half like to put her characters through the wringer! From only a couple of pages in, our heroine, Ella, experiences horror after horror.
Ella is a character I first met in The Forgotten Daughter, the first book in Wood’s The Girls Who Went to War series. But whilst that book focused on Flora, this time Ella steps into the spotlight. The story begins just before the Armistice in 1918 but the hell of war is not over yet. Ella makes some new friends at the military hospital she is stationed at as a voluntary nurse, and she also meets a man who she hopes will be a big part of her future. When the war ends she thinks she will be able to move on with her life and be happy but oh no, the author has a lot more planned for our Ella.
She has to endure a lot but throughout it all there is friendship, love and hope and they keep her going. There is such a lot of warmth in Wood’s writing and the story is absolutely compelling and very hard to put down. It captures perfectly the despair and poverty that many men felt when they came home from the war, and their difficulties in adjusting back to normal life.
I’ve reviewed a few of Mary Wood’s books now and I’m running out of superlatives to use to describe her writing. She has the ability to craft stories that move me deeply and which portray the harsh realities of life and yet have that sense of hope that stops them from being depressing. For me, she’s the queen of the saga writers. I’m very much looking forward to book three, which is Mags’s story, but also the great news is that there’s a book four on the horizon too. I can’t get enough of them.
Born the thirteenth child of fifteen to a middle-class mother and an East End barrow boy, Mary Wood’s family were poor, but rich in love. Over time, she developed a natural empathy with the less fortunate and is fascinated by social history. 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.
Thank you so, much, Nicola, You have me in tears. All the hard work I put in is worth to read such wonderful reviews as this. Thank you for all you do for me and for all authors and publishers. Much love Mary x
It’s a pleasure, as always, Mary. I loved Ella and her story.
Such great reviews for Mary. Hers books are so amazing. Book is in my case ready to hit the road. Resisted temptation to read on route to cruise terminal.
Ooh, enjoy. You have a treat ahead.
Not read a lot of books,just starting you have inspired me.
I will get there.
Keep up the good work you have a big ❤.
A great place to start, Antoinette!
Well done Mary – a joy to read literacy greats spanning the time long gone by
Historical fiction at its best, Margaret.
Lovely, lovely reviews, so so looking forward to it, next book to read YEAH
Just love All of Mary’s Books . So looking forward to this one Mary and Thanku for the Hours of pleasure you give me with your awesome books x
You will love this one, I’m sure.
A great review of this book, certainly makes you want to read it.
Thank you, Heather.
A great review, I have read all Mary Wood’s books , every one is brilliantly written and has your engrossed in the story, This novel The Abandoned Daughter is no exception. I am loving it.
Fabulous, isn’t it?
Cor blimey ( love that)
WOW that is a good review, love the way she describes things !! Look forward with excitement to reading this Mary.
Thank you very much, Lesleyann <3
Thank you nicola and yep cor blimey is definitely one way of putting marys books all excellent and looking forward to reading the abandoned daughter
You have a treat in store, Beverley.
Mary you must be thrilled by this lovely review and I am sure that more superlatives will be found for your next book.
Really resonates the comment about whilst there are harsh realities portrayed there is still a sense of hope. Lovely review for a lovely author x
I’ll definitely have to think of some more superlatives for the next one, Kate!
Great blog. Cannot wait to read this.
Thanks so much, Jackie <3
Lovely review Mary, this book is on my next TBR list. I have read all Mary’s books & they never dissapoint, love them all. Xx
You’re right, Pauline. They do never disappoint.
I’m sure you will love this one, Pauline.
Cracking review, and a lovely blog!
Can’t wait to read it!
Thanks so much, Sue <3
Thank you, I loved reading your review, Mary’s books are pure escapism, I always enjoy them xx
Thanks for reading it, Sarah.
Great review for what I know will be a fantastic book! All Mary’s books are!
Thanks, Karen. I’ve certainly never been disappointed.
A great review for a fantastic author. I can’t wait to read this and I know I’ll love it.
I’m sure you will enjoy it, Helen.
A lovely review for a lovely author.
Lovely indeed. Thank you, Ann.
Super review, the book sounds great.
Thanks, Elaine. It’s a cracking read.
Absolutely love the heartwarming and tragic lives of these ‘real’ families x
Such a lovely reveiw for Mary’s book i really look forward to starting it xx
You’re in for a treat, Sandra.
A lovely review having read it i can totally confirm its an amazing story taking you through every emotion marys an amazing writer x
Thank you, Christine <3 She sure is an amazing writer.
Fantastic review. I have read all of Mary’s books and I am sure this one won’t do dissapoint
Thanks so much, Janice.