I have said it before and I will doubtless say it again ( and again…and again…) I will never tire of the thrill of seeing places I know and love included within the pages of a book.
So when Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources asked me to be involved in the blog tour for The Lost Daughter it was the setting that initially drew me in.
For Hull, in all it’s majestic and unique glory, was a large part of my University years. It was where I met my future husband and it is where several dear friends still live.
The Lost Daughter is set with the Hull of yester year. The story begins in the early 1930’s when Alice Goddard is involved in traffic accident after fleeing from her violent husband. This attack is one too many and in desperation Alice momentarily leaves her daughter, Daisy, to get help, but while Alice is incapacitated Daisy is given over to the authorities, abandoned by both her father and Grandmother.
Here is a cutting testimonial to the lack of rights and resources available to women suffering abuse and poverty at this time. Before the welfare state, Alice’s options are bleak and her daughter seems lost forever.
So begins a lifelong search, for both her daughter and the truth. We follow Alice’s journey, as through hard work and determination, she educates herself, eventually becoming a skilled nurse.
Life is hard but often kind to Alice as her hard work and gentle nature is rewarded, not only professionally but personally too, as she enters a new relationship.
But still Alice doesn’t forget her daughter.
This is a tale spanning almost twenty years and crucially including the Second World War. Alice’s nursing skills are in demand and like many others her’s is a busy war, filled with hardship tragedy and also adventure. The author reminds us time and again of the sacrifices ordinary men and women made for our country both home and abroad at this time.
But the spotlight is often turned on Hull and rightly so. It is often overlooked when talking about the Blitz that it wasn’t only London that suffered. Many northern manufacturing and coastal towns suffered too, as night after night German bombers caused havoc from the skies.
Indeed it is the author’s local knowledge and love for the area which shines through in this tale of humble beginnings and determination.
About the author…
Sylvia Broady was born in Hull and has lived all her life in Hull. She is keenly aware of the impact WW2 had on her home town and this is reflected in her writing.
Having had a wide ranging career in East Yorkshire, taking in childcare, NHS and work in the counties libraries, Sylvia is now a full time writer.
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