Three sisters in 1920s struggle to make ends meet and protect their mother from their violent father. Milly works in Southwells jam factory. Elsie dreams of a career on the stage, while little Amy runs wild with her friends.
All three of the girls fear the unforgiving temper of their father and their courageous attempts to protect their defenseless mother will have dramatic, disastrous consequences for them all.
©2014 Mary Gibson (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"Yet another cracker !!!!"
The storyline was exciting with strong characters but also the narrator Anne Dover made it a joy to listen to with all her different voices she brings it alive
Milly is my favourite, she has great strength in personality which reminds me of my many cockney aunties i have
This is yet another fantastic performance by Anne Dove to me she has got to be the best,listened to her many times and hope she reads any future books by Mary Gibson
Found the story very emotional in places, i laughed while washing up,cried while doing the ironing , and raged while hoovering
Cannot wait for the next book, i can see me getting seriously hooked to the Mary GIbson books and will probably listen to them over and over again
"jam and roses"
This was the first book by Mary Gibson I've had and OMG it was amazing from start to finish breath taking in parts loved it can't wait to start a new one. I would highly recommend this book to. Anyone.
"Another good listen"
I love how Anne Dover manages to separate all the various people by using different intonations. This book went from many hours to finish without me realising. Very entertaining
"Engaging story of the depression era in Bermondsey"
Anne Dover yet again displays her acting skill bringing to life the characters of Bermondsey in the interlude between the wars.
A story of 3 sisters struggling to free themselves from an alcoholic abusive father and a put upon mother. You really end up caring about the protagonists. Very enjoyable.
"JUST AS ENGAGING AT SECOND OR THIRD LISTENING"
I come back to this every year to revisit the family in the London slums. The reader holds our attention and has us holding our breath through serious trouble many times. There is joy and humour and strength. You feel privileged to live in modern Britain, but realise we have lost the close community of a tougher but closer knit era. As we leave the family, the slums are being transformed by tree and flower planting, dignity has been clung to and we say goodbye to the story with optimism.
"Days of long ago"
I loved this book the second the first book was also exceptional look forward to more books from this Author
"Ann dover makes this story come alive!"
She really makes all the characters come alive and you can tell instantly even with a small change in her voice who each character is. It's like having Julie Andrews read to you!
At some points yes, particularly towards the end. I walk my dog whilst listening to these books so it made him a bit happier as the better the story, the longer the walk!
What can I say, I loved the book I didn't want it to end, really couldn't wait until I had time to listen to it, smashing
If you're interested in period drama at a grass root level then this is a book that you will enjoy.
Good story line with a few twists but I would have enjoyed more detail.
"a brilliant read"
i was so taken by this book i was up half the night listening to it. i cudnt wait till the next time i was able to lusten.
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