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Book Review | A Simple Wish by Rosie Goodwin

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Book cover for A Simple Wish by Rosie Goodwin
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Zaffre (28 Oct. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1838773533
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1838773533

1885.

Ruby Carter works hard in her parents’ bakery. Whilst life isn’t easy, she’s happy enough – her gentle mother protects young Ruby from her cruel father and loves her unconditionally. So, when her mother falls seriously ill, Ruby is heartbroken. Then, from her deathbed, her mother reveals that Ruby was adopted.

Stricken by grief and alone with the violent man she called her father, Ruby feels she has no choice but to flee. At just fifteen, homeless and alone she is relieved when a kindly stranger named Mrs Bamber takes pity on poor Ruby and welcomes her into her home.

But soon, Ruby learns Mrs Bamber is not as generous as she first seemed – she forces Ruby into a life of crime as a jewel thief in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter. With nothing to her name and nowhere to go Ruby has no choice but to go along with it, despite the guilt and shame she feels. But Ruby is determined that she will atone for what she’s done, and be reunited with her birth parents.

Ruby’s only wish is to find her family.

Book Review

A Simple Wish is a wonderful historical saga.

I fell in love with the main character Ruby as she is warm, kind and determined.

On her mother’s deathbed Ruby discovers that she was adopted. Growing up with a loving mother but strict father, who showed his despicable behaviour once his wife died. Ruby fled her childhood home and was taken in by Maddie, a woman who seemed keen to give Ruby a great life.

Throughout the story Ruby faces many challenges and meets kind, wonderful people but also callous, horrid ones.

Since hearing of her birth mother Ruby is determined to discover her start in life.

As my husband is studying a silversmithing course I thoroughly enjoyed the details about jewellery making.

A heart-warming tale with a great ending.

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Rosie Goodwin is the million copy bestselling author of more than thirty novels. She is the first author in the world to be allowed to follow three of Catherine Cookson’s trilogies with her own sequels. Having worked in the social services sector for many years, then fostered a number of children, she is now a full-time novelist. She is one of the top 50 most borrowed authors from UK libraries. Rosie lives in Nuneaton, the setting for many of her books, with her husband and their beloved dogs.

Twitter @RosieGoodwin

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