Tuesday, 29 May 2018

#BlogTour - The Street Orphans - Mary Wood






I'm the last stop on the blog tour for The Street Orphans by Mary Wood today and what a fabulous one it's been!

Despite frequently seeing Mary's books on Facebook I hadn't read any so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read this one and I couldn't wait to get stuck in.

Ruth Dovecote is the oldest of five siblings. Born with a club foot, she is widely feared and ridiculed within the small village community, so when her father is killed and her family is evicted, she is  hopeful of a better life in a new area. Fate, however, has other ideas and on their way to the Blackburn cotton mills, the family is dealt another blow when they have a chance encounter with the Earl of Harrogate and it's one that could tear the family apart.

It's not just the poor that has their troubles though, the rich and aristocratic have problems of their own. They have their reputations to consider and when it comes to marriage it can be a potential minefield. Do they marry for love, position in society or wealth? These struggles are all too apparent for Katrina and her younger sister, Marica, who is jealous beyond belief of her older sibling.

I absolutely loved this book and I was sucked into the story right from the start. Following Ruth on her journey was at times heart-wrenching, whilst at others full of joy and hope and I'm not ashamed to admit that I did shed a few tears for her along the way. As much as I loved Ruth's character the manipulative Marcia, Katrina's sister had me seething. Only ever thinking of herself, she would go to any lengths to get what she wanted, regardless of the pain and suffering she caused others and I loathed her with a passion, desperate for her to get her comeuppance.

This is a book that is written with such passion I could imagine myself travelling across the Bowland Hills and the description of them was so vivid in my head. The research that Mary has done for this book is clearly evident and it adds to the realism of the book.

For me, The Street Orphans, is a master-class in the art of writing historical saga fiction and I can't wait to lose myself in many more of Mary's books in the future.

                                                          Author bio

Photo courtesy of Mary Wood


Born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1945, the thirteenth child of fifteen children, Mary's family settled in Leicestershire after the war ended.

Mary married young and now, after 54 years of happy marriage, four children, 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, Mary and her husband live in Blackpool during the summer and Spain during the winter - a place that Mary calls, 'her writing retreat'.

After many jobs from cleaning to catering, all chosen to fit in with bringing up her family, and boost the family money-pot, Mary ended her 9 - 5 working days as a Probation Service Officer, a job that showed her another side to life, and which influences her writing, bringing a realism and grittiness to her novels.

Mary first put pen to paper, in 1989, but it wasn't until 2010 that she finally found some success by self-publishing on kindle.

Being spotted by an editor at Pan Macmillan in 2013, finally saw Mary reach her publishing dream.
When not writing, Mary enjoys family time, reading, eating out, and gardening.

One of her favourite pastimes is interacting with her readers on her Facebook page and on her website. She is also on Twitter.

Mary welcomes all contact with her readers and feedback on her work.



Although I'm the last stop on the blog tour that doesn't mean you can't go back and visit all the fabulous blogs that have taken part before me, in fact I would highly recommend that you do.



With kind thanks to the very lovely, and hugely talented author Mary Wood and also to Kate Green at Pan Macmillan for my gorgeous review copy.

19 comments:

  1. Oh, just wow. Thank you fom the bottom od my heart for this amazing review and for hosting me. Much love.Mary x

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    1. Keep up the writing good reads.
      A new start for me

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    2. It was an absolute pleasure to host you and to read your wonderful book Mary. I'll definitely be reading more of them in the future! 😘

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  2. As Mary says WOW what a fantastic review - thank you for it. I am fully absorbed in this heart wrenching book

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Lady-Anna and good luck in the competition! 😉

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    1. Thank you Elaine and good luck! 😉

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  4. Angelina Smith29 May 2018 at 14:00

    Love this review!

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    1. Thank you Angelina and good luck! 😉

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  5. a lovley blog and review to end the tour well done and mary wood congratulations

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Beverley and thank you for stopping by. Good luck!😉

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  6. Lesleyann Neville29 May 2018 at 17:51

    What a fantastic review, no words to add she has summed it all up very well.xx

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    1. I'm pleased that you enjoyed my review Lesleyann and good luck! 😉

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  7. Another lovely review for lovely Mary’s fabulous book. It’s been a pleasure to follow and read the wonderful reviews.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to stop by Janice and good luck! 😉

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  8. After reading that blog I can't wait to read the book as I'm sure I won't be disappointed, it's sounds like it's going to bring out many emotions so I shall have my tissues at the ready xx

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    1. I'd definitely have some tissues handy when you read it Sharon! Good luck! 😉

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  9. Great blog, have been following and look forward to reading it xx

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  10. Wow Mary another fantastic blog for you best wishes from Margaret Craw xxxx

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