We’re delighted to be sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts for The Seaside Angel by Evie Grace.
Margate, 1884: When seventeen-year-old Hannah Bentley fled the family home, she never dreamed she’d find her feet working as a nurse on the children’s ward at the Royal Sea Bathing Infirmary. She adores her patients and the sea air, and looks forward to a time when she’ll have put away enough money so her younger sister can join her.
But when her sister suddenly turns up unannounced, she brings more trouble than Hannah bargained for. As Hannah is forced to risk everything to keep her sister out of trouble, she must somehow find the strength to save herself too…
A heart-warming tale of courage and sisterly love. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.
The Seaside Angel by Evie Grace is published by Arrow (11th July 2019) and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.
The Seaside Angels is a thoroughly enjoyable and charming read.
Evie Grace sweeps the reader off to the Victorian era and all the rules and regulations of respectable society.
The strict adherence to this code is a distinct trial for heroine Hannah who has to battle not only the chauvinistic conditions of the work place, but also that of the public’s concept of shame.
Hannah’s introduction to the nursing world, although originally as a form of avoiding her oppressive father, quickly becomes the passion in her life. This is then tempered with new challenges of love for the patients, protecting her troubled young sister, and that of romance. Yet for Hannah the choice has to be either medicine or love, which very much highlights the significant restrictions of female life in the Victorian period.
I thoroughly enjoyed this inspiring read and would highly recommend it!
Evie Grace was born in Kent, and one of her earliest memories is of picking cherries with her grandfather who managed a fruit farm near Selling. Holidays spent in the Kent countryside and the stories passed down through her family inspired her to write her Maids of Kent trilogy. Evie now lives in Devon with her partner and dog. She has a grown-up daughter and son. She loves researching the history of the nineteenth century and is very grateful for the invention of the washing machine, having discovered how the Victorians struggled to do their laundry.
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