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Historical Fiction | Daughters of Liverpool | Kate Eastham

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We’re delighted to be sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts on Daughters of Liverpool by Kate Eastham.


Liverpool 1868.

Shrouded in secrecy Alice Sampson gives birth to a beautiful baby girl.

But the former nurse’s happiness is blighted by the knowledge that as a penniless, unwed mother, her future, and that of her child, can only be one of shame and disgrace.

Then a knock at the door brings a miracle: she is invited to return to the Liverpool Royal Infirmary and her beloved ward.

With the help of her friends and the welcome attentions of Reverend Seed, the hospital Chaplain, Alice slowly starts to rebuild her life.

Everything is looking up, until her baby’s father unexpectedly shows up to claim the child he knew nothing about.

Suddenly Alice is in danger of losing her baby, her position and her whole future . . .

Book cover Daughters of Liverpool by Kate Eastham.

Daughters of Liverpool by Kate Eastham is published by Penguin and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.

Review

Daughters of Liverpool is an engaging and emotional story- the struggles Alice Sampson has to face as a single mother in the 1800’s draws the reader into this difficult time.

For Alice her journey into motherhood has been a rough one, yet her love for her daughter is her driving force to further her nursing qualifications and return to the working world.

However the trials she must face, as felt when leaving her baby to go to work is heartbreaking. Yet Alice engages this emotion into her work and not only develops such strong relationships with friends and work colleagues but also with her patients, whose adoration and respect for her are so apparent.

The deep desire to protect her child are a mother’s instinct, and for Alice this includes fighting off the attentions of Victoria’s father.

The hard times of this era, make life extremely trying for a young unmarried mother, and the shame and judgement that Alice faces are certainly common for this age. Kate Eastham certainly draws the reader in to feeling keenly poor Alice’s predicament, and worries for her safety and future.

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

Kate Eastham trained as a nurse and midwife on the Nightingale wards of Preston Royal Infirmary. She has well over thirty years of experience working in hospital, residential and hospice care. Born and bred in Lancashire, she is married with three grown-up children and one grandchild. Always reading, she went on to gain a degree in English Literature and was inspired to write after researching the history of nursing and her own family history, with its roots in Liverpool, northern mill towns and rural Lancashire.


I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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