Thursday 20 May 2021

#BlogTour Nellie's Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke

It's my turn on the BlogTour Nellie's Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke.

 About the Author

Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire. Rosie’s brand new saga series, Welcome to Harpers Emporium began in December 2019. Click here to sign up to Rosie Clarke's newsletter

About the book

A new stand-alone saga set in Yorkshire around out the outbreak of the second world war and the unlikely relationship between a master and servant.

As a small child, Nellie Peace was always dreaming but sensed her mother’s rejection. Abandoned and sent into service at Beaumont House at an early age, Nellie is lost and alone until she meets the unpredictable and reclusive artist, Lucas Harrington and falls in love with him.

This unlikely association between master and servant is encouraged by Lucas’s gentle natured Aunt Alice as Lucas sees something unusual in Nellie and is compelled to paint her. 

Broken promises lead to inevitable heartbreak and Nellie flees Beaumont House in disgrace for London. Alone again, Nellie must learn to live and fend for herself and her new-born child. Can Nellie win a second chance of happiness and can she solve the mystery of her mother's tortured past?


At first glance Nellie doesn't have the most difficult of lives. Her family isn't the poorest or the richest, they are somewhere in between, but also aware that they will always be in the working class rank of society.

When Nellie is given into service, which isn't unusual even in the slowly declining upstairs downstairs era, she is unprepared and disappointed in the way it was done. There was no preparation or discussion, just Nellie being confronted with her new employers. The dislike her mother clearly has for her, well she isn't trying to hide it anymore. In fact her mother eventually confronts her with the kind of truth you can't take back.

Clarke clearly has a knack for the romance and historical fiction genre and this is no exception. Her characters evoke empathy in readers, which keeps them invested in the story. I enjoyed the way she wrote Nellie, who is a young girl willing to embrace the world around her, despite the many obstacles she encounters. It's the way she takes each problem and just carries on with her life, regardless of what happens.

It's historical fiction that veers into women's fiction, and I absolutely can see this author going into a genre that demands more depth and world-building. Either way you always get a great escapist read.

Buy Nellie's Heartbreak at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Boldwood Books; pub date 5 May 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

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