Sunday, 16 December 2018
Blog Tour - The Forgotten Daughter - Mary Wood
Despite only having discovered Mary Wood's books fairly recently, she has very quickly secured herself a spot on my go-to authors list so I was thrilled to be asked to take part in the blog tour for her latest release, The Forgotten Daughter.
Flora never felt the love that a young child should have from her parents. Her mother was resentful towards her and her father was weak but luckily she had nanny Pru to care for her. Then one eventful night nanny Pru is told to leave the family home and little Flora is sent away to school and relatives at every given opportunity to keep her as far away from home as possible.
Over the years, and with the help of one of her school friends, Flora manages to find nanny Pru, the pair form an unbreakable bond and Pru becomes the mother that Flora never had. With the threat of war looming, Flora decides to join the St John's Ambulance and when war finally breaks out she's requested to join the Red Cross and travel to Belgium.
Flora has no idea what awaits her and her new friends as they travel to Belgium and she is going to need all of her strength to deal with the horrors that are heading her way.
Once again Mary has written a book that I was completely immersed in right from the outset. My heart absolute broke for little Flora when her beloved nanny Pru was sent packing from the family home, as she was the only genuine source of love for Flora. Her own mother was heartless, her father was spineless and her brothers were selfish and Flora deserved so much better. Following her as she forged a new life for herself was at times harrowing to read, especially when she was treating the casualties of war and to find out what life was like for the volunteer nurses during this horrific time was truly eye-opening.
Mary's books are a delight to read, despite the fact that she always manages to make me shed a few tears, which is a testament to her truly wonderful writing and the way that she writes her characters so well that I always take them close to my heart.
I was thrilled to find out that this is the first book in The Girls Who Went To War series and I can't wait to catch up with Flora's friends Ella and Mags in the future books. I would highly recommend The Forgotten Daughter to all fans of historical fiction and family saga's.
You can follow the rest of the blog tour with these wonderful blogs:
With kind thanks to author Mary Wood and publishers Pan Macmillan for my review copy and spot on the blog tour.