1899, South Yorkshire
Fourteen-year-old Tommy has been destined to a life working down the mines since the moment he was born. But he has bigger plans for his future.
His best friend Josie from the neighbouring village is equally restless. The wealthy family that owns the mines are dictating harsher conditions than ever.
The one source of intrigue and pleasure in their grim Yorkshire life is their fascination with the deserted house between their two villages. Heston Manor has been shut up and uninhabited for years following a family tragedy. And when they discover that its mysteries aren’t all in the past, their lives change forever…
Full of heartwarming joys and heartbreaking sorrows, this book will sweep you off your feet and transport you back in time, right into the heart of Tommy’s and Josie’s young lives.
Tracy Rees capitalises on the successes of her previous books to create this powerful novel of love, loss, hope and ambition with her best book to date.
Set in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s it follows the lives of two young people from small neighbouring mining villages as they form an unusual friendship as they grow from young children into young adulthood with plenty of surprises along the way.
It cleverly depicts the living conditions of that era as well as the working conditions and hazards of working down the mines made all the more powerful when compared to the houses and lives of their employers, the aristocratic families who own the mines and their lives, full of comforts and wealths unlike anything the villagers have ever known.It depicts the lines between the social classes as both Tommys and Josie’s lives collide with that of their rich employers and instantly creates an emotional attachment to them both.
Tommy has never wanted to work down the mines, since his early schooling, learning has been what he wants to do with his life, he wants something more than every other man in their villages, a better standard of living but all of that is just a dream. Until a chance encounter with a rather unique stranger.
This book is full of everything you could ever want from a historical romance, full of emotion, ups and downs as well as some unexpected turns of events, it is a real page turner of a book.
If you enjoyed her previous books then you will not be disappointed with this one and if you are new to her books then this will have you rushing off to read her other books, all of which are impossible not to fall in love with.
Beautifully and eloquently written, a story that will touch your heart as well as act as an inspiration to all.
A massive thank you to the author Tracy Rees, publishers Quercus Books and NetGalley for my arc of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.