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The Winter Promise: A perfect cosy Victorian saga from the Sunday Times bestselling author Paperback – 2 March 2021
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1850. When Opal Sharp finds herself and her younger siblings suddenly orphaned and destitute, she thinks things can get no worse. But soon three of them - including Opal - are struck down with the illness that took their father from them, and her brother Charlie is forced to make an impossible decision. Unable to afford a doctor, he knows the younger children will not survive. So, unbeknownst to Opal, Charlie takes their younger siblings to the workhouse, where he knows they will at least be fed and have a roof over their heads.
Opal is heartbroken and struggles to forgive him. Charlie, in turn, takes bigger and bigger risks to try to support what's left of the Sharp family and earn Opal's forgiveness - but he takes it too far and finds himself in trouble with the law. Soon, he is sent on a convict ship to Australia.
As poor Opal is forced to say goodbye to the final member of her family, she makes a promise to reunite them all one day.
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- Publisher : Zaffre (2 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1838772995
- ISBN-13 : 978-1838772994
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.35 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 339,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I absolutely adored the main character of Opal Sharp and I warmed to her from the start. She is a lass trying to do her best in a bad situation and life certainly is difficult for her. She looks after her siblings after the death of their parents. I won’t go too far into what happens but needless to say that she is put through the mill somewhat. She comes across some individuals who claim to be looking out for her when they don’t. There was one character in particular that I wanted to go and slap silly with a house brick. When you read the book for yourselves it won’t be difficult for you to figure out who I mean. The family is split up and I kept everything crossed that over time they would find their way back to each other and reunite. What happens? Well for the answers to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
It didn’t take me long at all to get into this story. In fact the synopsis was enough to reel me in and I soon became addicted to this story. I made the fatal mistake of starting to read this book shortly before I went to bed. Let’s just say that I read into the wee small hours of the morning and I had a ‘lack of sleep’ hangover the following morning. This book was constantly on my mind. If I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about this book. If I had to put the book down for any reason then I would immediately look forward to being able to pick the book up again. I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but I would become so wrapped up in the story that I would lose all track of time and I would read way more than any couple of chapters. I seemed to race my way through this book at a rate of knots. I cared about the characters and I had a need to know what happened so I just kept on reading. It was easy to become emotionally involved in ‘The Winter Promise’. Whilst reading this book, I went through every emotion possible. I wanted to jump inside the pages of the book to sort out certain characters and give them a piece of my mind.
‘The Winter Promise’ is superbly written. Rosie certainly knows how to combine the heartbreaking with the heartwarming. Rosie creates such likeable characters and describes them so vividly and so realistically that the characters seem just as real as you and I. I found myself becoming all protective towards Opal and her family. The pace of this book was spot on. The story hit the ground running and maintained a fairly fast pace throughout. I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s all thanks to Rosie’s very vivid and realistic storytelling. I was gripped by this story from start to finish and I was on the edge of my seat throughout.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Winter Promise’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I will most definitely be reading more of Rosie’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.