Saturday, 20 February 2021

#BlogTour Daughter of the Sea by Sylvia Broady

 

It's my turn on the BlogTour Daughter of the Sea by Sylvia Broady.

About the Author

Sylvia Broady was born in Hull and has lived in the area all her life, although she loves to travel the world. It wasn’t until she started to frequent her local library after World War II that her relationship with literature truly began, and her memories of the war influence her writing as does her home town. She has had a varied career in childcare, the NHS and the EYC Library Services, but is now a full-time writer.


About the book

Jessica is grieving for her beloved father, trawler owner Jacob Kingdom, when a heated confrontation ends with her being cast out from the family home and the revelation of a shameful secret. She falls upon the kindness of strangers and meets a charismatic trawlerman, who is proud to walk out with Kingdom’s daughter.

But with her cold-hearted brother at the helm of the family business, there is discontent rising, and being Kingdom’s daughter begins to lose its charm. With Jessica desperate to prove herself worthy to the tight-knit community, does she have what it takes to weather the storm to come, or will her secret hold her back?

Review

Jessica has only just discovered that she isn't who she think she is. The death of her father has left her vulnerable to the manipulations of her brother and step-mother. She escapes their clutches only to fall prey to her own naiveté and the rush of living like the non-privileged people around her. 

She inadvertently follows similar footsteps her mother did and finds herself without much choice and out of options, so technically not much better off than before. What begins as rose-tinted moments full of passion eventually becomes a well-known narrative when it comes to rushed marriages.

It's a wee bit fast-paced in a sense that it could do with more depth in all areas - characters, storyline and so on. Aside from that it's historical fiction with an inverted Catherine Cookson vibe. Wealthy girl inhabits blue collar world, as opposed to the working class girl finding her path in the world.

It also has a strong romance and coming of age feel to it as the main character is forced to adjust to her surroundings and the people in order to survive and maintain some semblance of happiness in her life.

Buy Daughter of the Sea at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Allison & Busby pub date 19 Mar. 2020. Buy at Amazon com. Hive. Bookshop org. Waterstones.

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