The Women Of Fishers Wharf by Tracy Baines

A Community Atmosphere

The Women Of Fishers Wharf by Tracy Baines is a marvelous  historical novel set in 1912 in a North Eastern fishing community.

Life was hard. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat. People had to make money however they could in order to keep themselves and their children out of the poor house. There were hard choices to be made at times. Women were particularly vulnerable. If they lost their husband, there would be no money as there were no widow’s pensions. Women did what they had to in order to put food on the table.

There were very few jobs available to women. Many worked at home doing piecework in their cottages. Some worked in shops. We see the strength and tenacity needed in order to survive.

Being at sea was a hard life. The atmosphere on board ship has been captured perfectly with Tracy Baines descriptions.

There is a thriving community spirit. People look out for each other. They do what they can to help. Needs are met as people pull together. When tragedies strike, the community rallies round.

All the characters were warm and welcoming. The women, left on shore while their men are at sea, help each other. Unbreakable bonds are formed.

I really loved The Women Of Fishers Wharf. It was a hard life but community was strong. I can recommend the book as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


The Women of Fisher’s Wharf

Great Grimsby, 1912

After the death of his father and brother, newlywed fisherman Alec Hardy decides to make a fresh start with his young wife Letty and move from Lowestoft to the thriving fishing port of Grimsby in search of a brighter future.

Young Letty is from farming stock and knows nothing of the hard life as a fishermen’s wife but is willing to leave behind her warm hearted and loving family and embrace the challenge.

But where Alec goes, so does his widowed mother, Carrie and she has yet to come to terms with taking second place in her son’s life. She resents her son’s choice of wife and the two women clash.

With Alec at sea for weeks on end and with her grieving and bitter mother-in-law as her only companion Letty seeks escape among the streets of Fish Dock Wharf.

Can Letty help them break free from the shadows of the past or will she be bound by Carrie’s insistence that they cling to the old ways?

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Tracy Baines is the bestselling saga writer of The Variety Girls series, originally published by Ebury, which Boldwood will continue with. She was born and brought up in Cleethorpes and spent her early years in the theatre world which inspired her writing. The first title of her new saga series for Boldwood – set amongst the fisherfolk of Grimsby – will be published in October 2022.

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One thought on “The Women Of Fishers Wharf by Tracy Baines

  1. Hi Julia, thank you so much for your marvellous review of The Women of Fishers Wharf. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. It was a hard life and the community was sometimes the only thing that kept people from the workhouse in many circumstances, helping each other along the way. I think we all need to look out for each other and help where we can, in whatever small way we can. Thanks again. Tracyx

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