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London. 1854. For years, Fern Hall has lived in an orphanage in the East End of London. It’s a brutal life of endless chores and punishments for even the smallest infractions. She’s able to escape it for a time when she’s hired out as a temporary maid to the wealthy Hawk family, but a servant’s lot is little better.

Gerard Hawk, the second son of the prosperous merchant, is drawn to Fern from their very first meeting when she comes to work for his parents. When Fern is falsely accused of a crime, Gerard is the only one who believes her innocence.

She is forced to flee, leaving behind everything - and everyone - she has ever known. A year and a half later, Fern and Gerard meet again accidentally, but the gap between their circumstances is wider than ever. Now in love with Gerard, Fern despairs of anything ever changing in her life.

Then, something mysterious from Fern’s past surfaces. Can Fern gather the courage to see it through? Is change really a possibility, at last?

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Sweet Historical Romance

I don't read or listen to many books set outside of America, but I enjoyed this interesting book. Fern lived a wretched life as an orphan in an abusive orphanage, but meets a sweet son of a wealthy family she ends up working for! I enjoyed this slow romance as she suffers from several injustices and he tries to protect her and defend her.
The narration was really good! I had no trouble identifying the various characters and the kadence was comfortable! The tone of voice was very nice too.

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  • John Marsden
  • 10-04-21

Nice.

A nice short story of a girls struggle to survive firstly an orphanage and then an uncaring family to whom she is a maid. Life has it's ups and downs for the girl but she survives and keeps going despite numerous knockbacks. Well narrated by Mr Richards as he once again reads one of Fay Godwins books and helps bring well defined characters to life. A recommended read. I'm not a great romance fan but these books are not too mushy!
I was given a review copy of this book and leave this short review voluntarily.