Sunday, 22 March 2020

#BlogTour The Girl with the Amber Comb by Linda Finlay

Today it's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Girl with the Amber Comb by Linda Finlay.

About the Author
Linda Finlay lives on the Devonshire coast and is author of seven novels. From lace making to growing Devon Violets, each one is based on a local craft which, in order to write authentically, she has learnt to do herself. However, it is people and their problems that make for good story writing and, with so much interesting material to work with, it is easy for Linda to let her imagination run as wild as the West Country landscape which has inspired her writing.

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About the book
Orphaned at birth, Eliza lives with her beloved Grandparents in a waterlogged Somerset cottage surrounded by willow beds where she ekes out a living making laundry baskets and eel traps. Although poor she is content, until childhood friend Clem, regales her with tales of his adventures along the river and she begins to wonder what life is like beyond the Droves.

When fate brings handsome, wealthy Theo to her workshop she is instantly attracted and a rosy future beyond the Droves beckons. Only things don't go to plan and naive Eliza finds herself in Lavender House where she is expected to care for gentlemen in a way she never imagined. Forced to flee for her life, she ends up in a woollen mill run by a corrupt foreman, working for crumbs and pennies with only her grandmother's comb in her pocket.

Now she knows what matters in life - but is it too late? And will she ever be able to return home to those who love her?

Eliza is unaware that aside from the tragedy of her birth coinciding with the death of her mother that her grandparents have been keeping a big secret from her. The kind of secret that will shake her confidence and change the way she sees herself.

Not content with the attentions of a childhood friend she falls for a mysterious, handsome and wealthy young man, who wants to sweep her off her feet, despite the fact the two are worlds apart when it comes to social status.

Young love and a spur of the moment decision leads to heartbreak in more ways than one and Eliza finds herself in a precarious and dangerous position, and also the target of a cruel and ruthless man from her past.

It's historical romance - a coming-of-age story as the main character discovers that beyond her own bubble is a world full of danger.

Finlay delivers the heartache of romance with a less dramatic approach. The main character has plenty of depth and the author takes the story into the world of workers rights, the exploitation of the innocent and the realisation that you should be grateful for what you have.

Sometimes the world of shiny and bright things is merely a well-prepared camouflage for a cruel dirty world. Perhaps the less glamorous and more down-to-earth world filled with loving people who support each other in times of hardship is one worth cherishing.

Buy The Girl with the Amber Comb at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ: pub date 19 March 2020 - Paperback £7.99 - Available in eBook and audio. Buy at Amazon com.

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