Saturday 20 April 2019
Blog Tour - Blackpool's Daughter - Maggie Mason
I'm thrilled to be taking part in another blog tour for the hugely talented Maggie Mason who is also known as Mary Wood.
I absolutely LOVE this author, whether she's writing as Maggie or Mary and Blackpool's Daughter is no exception.
Julia and her fourteen-year-old daughter Clara live on the small island of Guernsey but with the war raging it's becoming clear that the island is no longer a safe place to be. Julia has a decision to make, should she keep Clara with her or should she send her to the mainland where she is more likely to be safe? She knows that sending her away is the right thing to do although she can't bear the thought of sending her beloved daughter off into the unknown.
Clara ends up in Blackpool and is placed with a lady called Mavis Brandon who owns a small grocery shop. Mavis is far from a kindly soul and puts Clara straight to work, making it very clear that her life her isn't going to be an easy ride but Clara isn't prepared for the heartbreaking turn of events that's about to unfold which means that she has to grow up very quickly.
Meanwhile Julia has left Guernsey with the hope of being reunited with Clara but to her dismay she discovers that no-one has any reliable records as to where her beloved daughter is. Julia's journey is just as troubled as her daughter's and along the way she finds herself hoping for news of not just Clara but also of someone else who has become very dear to her.
The reason why I love this author's books so much is that she always makes her characters leap from the page and as a reader I inevitably take them into my heart, living their story with them and I think it takes a very special type of author to make you feel that way with every one of their books. I also always know that life is going to throw more than it's fair share of obstacles into the characters paths so be prepared to maybe shed a tear or two if this is your first venture out with Maggie's books, but there will always be hope, love and friendship to lighten their loads.
Blackpool's Daughter is a captivating read and one that I read at every chance I had. Maggie has once again written a wonderful historical saga novel and I honestly can't recommend it highly enough. I can also tell you that you can download your copy for only 99p at the time of writing this AND if that's not enough if you head over to Maggie's Facebook page which you can find here, you'll find details of the fabulous giveaway that she's running in conjunction with the blog tour.
You can also follow the blog tour with these lovely bloggers.
With kind thanks to author Maggie Mason for my spot on the blog tour and publisher Sphere for the review copy.