With Love And Laughter
Finding Friends On Beamer Street by Sheila Riley is a wonderful historical novel set in Liverpool in 1921.
The leading lady is admirable and likable. Fresh off the boat from Ireland, she possesses a strength of character and has a will to succeed. She will stand her ground against anyone.
Dreams are important. We all need something to strive for. The reader admires the lead character who does not let set backs hold her back. She uses them as stepping stones towards her goals.
A character is drowning in guilt. An event in the past has a stranglehold as a character continues to punish themselves by denying themselves anything but the basics.
Only a few years after the first world war has ended means life is tough for those who lost husbands and fathers. They could let grief pull them down but instead they live and love and laugh. The wonderful feeling of love and care radiates from the pages.
The residents of Beamer Street don’t have much but there is a generosity of spirit. They all pull together, offering support where it is needed.
There is the theme of riches. Riches has nothing to do with your bank account. The richest people are those who love and are loved.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the residents of Beamer Street. It was a heart-warming novel that filled me with love.
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.
Finding Friends on Beamer Street
The start of a brand new series from Sheila Riley, bestselling author of the Reckoner’s Row saga series!
Pregnant, Mary Jane Starlings secret wedding to Paddy Redfern ends in disaster when her fiancé is murdered on the way to the church. Paddy’s wayward twin ‘Red’ intercepts Mary Jane and warns that they must flee Ireland for fear of reprisals from her family, never to return.
Too young and terrified to question Red’s motives, Mary Jane, is hurriedly escorted to Liverpool where she quickly discovers Red’s good Samaritan act is a sham when he abandons her homeless and destitute.
However, strength, fortitude and good luck save her when she catches the eye of reclusive Cal Everdine and is befriended by Molly Hayward’s lovable family.
But Mary Jane still has to live with the overbearing guilt of the secrets she holds.
Will she ever be able to follow her dreams and reconcile her past?
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Author Bio –
Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing a saga for Boldwood under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands near to where she spent her early years.
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