We’re excited to be joining in the celebrations of the paperback release for The Sewing Room Girl by Susanna Bavin on the last day of the tour today.
Born into service, sixteen-year-old Juliet Harper has always idolised her mother, Agnes. But Agnes is haunted by what could have been, and the glamorous life she might have lived if she stayed in Manchester rather than settling down in the Lancashire moorland with her husband.
Life takes another unexpected turn when Juliet’s father suddenly dies. Agnes’s reputation as a seamstress leads to her being taken on by local landowners the Drysdales, where she is proud to work. But it will be a bumpy road for both of them as they settle in to their new lives. Will Juliet ever be able to choose her own path? And what will become of them when Agnes falls ill?
The Sewing Room Girl by Susanna Bavin is published by Allison & Busby and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover, paperback and audiobook formats.
I really struggled to put this book down because it was so good!
I found the story compelling and heart wrenching … a fabulous page- turner!
Susanna Bavin has created such a world full of comparisons between poverty and wealth but with the similarities associated with prejudice and contempt to those deemed in trouble.
For the heroine Juliet her uprising from a lowly companion to an elderly neighbour is entirely provoked by her own determination and admirable work ethic, which is questioned time and again by life’s unfairness. The unnecessary cruelty she receives from family is vicious, yet her ambition does not falter, making the reader champion her efforts.
Susanna Bavin questions society’s discrimination towards Juliet mainly led my men and lends the reader an instant dislike for the chauvinist approach.
For Juliet’s grandmother, despite her position in life, only knows too well how much harder it is for a women to compete in business in a ‘man’s world.’
I would heartily recommend this feeling and inspiring book.
Susanna Bavin has variously been a librarian, an infant school teacher, a carer and a cook. She lives in Llandudno in North Wales with her husband and two rescue cats, but her writing is inspired by her Mancunian roots.
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