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London, 1935. Ruby is always hungry, but she will go without if it means her young brothers can eat. 1930s Bermondsey might be called the larder of London, with its pie, pickle and jam factories, but for the poor working classes, starvation is often only a heartbeat away. 

When Ruby's neighbour suggests she ought to go to the Methodist Mission for free food, Ruby knows her father will be furious, but she has no other option. It is a decision that will change the course of her life forever, split her family and in the end lead her to face a terrible choice between duty and a great love.  

A heartfelt saga from the best-selling author of Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts.

©2019 Mary Gibson (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Sakazoke
  • 28-08-2019

A Sister’s Struggle

Yet another amazing book. I’ve loved all from Mary Gibson. Thank you for the tears and laughter. And thank you to Anne Dover for the perfection in bring this book and all the characters to life. You are one amazing team.

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  • Mouse2560
  • 13-10-2019

A Sister’s struggle

Absolutely fantastic ! Enjoyed from start to finish. Mary Gibson books are well worth waiting for and even more so if narrated by the wonderful Anne Dover who in my opinion always brings each character to life ! Would very much like to read some more of the Scully Family and Friends Excellent read, strong and caring characters All brought together to make a great storyline Would like some more please Mouse2560 🐭xxxx I

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  • Northern Light
  • 29-10-2019

poignant struggle between light and darkness

This novel kept my attention all the way through. I enjoyed the characterisation, with all the characters trying to make a better world in their own way. I felt sorry for Charles, who had head knowledge of the Bible but didn't have Jesus in his heart. I felt for Eric, who had to grow up too quickly and made choices that he mistakenly thought would lead to a better life. I felt for Dodge, who was too weak and immature to do the right things by his wife and children. Ruby's own struggle with her faith shone through after her split with Charles, but her ability to show forgiveness to her father helped me believe that God was still working in her life, as did her strength in insisting the hospital staff change the treatment, which happily in the end brought about nothing short of a miracle! The book was read well and this added to my enjoyment.

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  • Prudentpru
  • 11-01-2021

Good read

really nice story of hard times and happiness, a book that kept me thinking of the Characters long after I finished the book. love Ann Dover, great narrator

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  • V_Nerdbooks
  • 10-01-2021

Ruby .

What a struggle Ruby had with life and love for her family .With her love for love for herself and found it in the end .Very good read from start to the end

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  • Beryl Shaw
  • 13-12-2020

Brilliant

Excellent story. Fab characters. Excellent narration. Enjoyed it so very very much. Would actually listen to it again.

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  • Terry clark
  • 05-12-2020

A fictional master piece

This is a fantastic story setting theb1930's. Although fiction it does portray the struggles of the time. captivating story.

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  • Frankie
  • 05-09-2020

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it, I know that people did live like this, it makes you realise how lucky we are today

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  • Sandra balmer
  • 05-07-2020

Long and uneventful

Although the storyline was ok it was a long listen in which not much really happened...not her best.

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  • Anthea Potter
  • 16-04-2020

Heartrenching

Excellently read once again by Anne Dover, great story about the hardships , sufferings and friendships during the First World War

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