A journey of hope and heartache takes Kate from the hardships of the workhouse to the dubious comforts of a position in service to the rich; from the joys of marriage to a good man, to the sorrows and losses suffered during the Great War.
©2001 Wilfred Hopkins; (P)2002 Soundings
OK. Enjoyable but not unforgettable. Some very 'Dickensian' pictures but with a Womans' Weekly feel rather than tight, considered writing. The main character Kate was filled out well, but occasionally broke off to 'inform' the reader. I would prefer the information to have been inserted more smoothly. I found it a bit of a wander through time and I would have preferred a faster pace with some editing when the story meandered. The reader for Kate was a man! Why do this? A first person story read by the wrong sex! I found the accent a little worrying at times. His Oxford English moments were much more solid than his 'northern' voices.
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