Firstly I wish to thank Kim Nash and Bookouture for inviting me onto the Blog Tour for THE FORGOTTEN FAMILY OF LIVERPOOL by PAM HOWES
The war is over – but are their troubles just beginning?
It’s 1951 and rationing is finally coming to an end. But while Liverpool is recovering from the ferocity of war, a family is about to be torn apart…
Dora Rodgers is adjusting to a new life in Liverpool with her young daughters Carol and Jackie. After the fear of the war years and a difficult break up with her husband Joe, Dora is finally building a future with her children.
But then an unexpected knock at the door rips her family in two.
To Dora’s horror, Carol is taken away by a welfare officer to live with Joe. She is determined to fight for her child, but when a tragic accident leaves her mother in hospital, and shocking news from Joe breaks her heart again, she struggles to cope.
With her family in pieces and her marriage over for good, will Dora ever manage to get her daughter Carol home where she belongs?
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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have to admit that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first book in this trilogy, but feel that I was given enough back ground information in the story that covered the key points for me to fully fall in love with the characters in this book. This part of the story begins in 1951 with Dora juggling life as a working single mum of two young daughters, Carol and Jackie after leaving her two timing husband Joe. Now I am not siding with Joe here but he is really a nice bloke, easily lead and a bit blinkered yes, but he does love Dora and his girls. His one night of madness with a work colleague had cost him greatly.
A knock on the door would further destroy Dora and put yet another wedge between them. Someone had reported the Dora to child services and Carol was taken from her and handed over to her husband. No investigation or even telling her what exactly had been said. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and Dora got a new determination like she had never had before. She would bring her girls back together.
This is a story about one hell of a strong woman, at a time that if you had kids you were expected to be able to raise them and provide for their needs. Dora, a seamstress, worked all the hours she could with neighbours helping with child care and an understanding employer.
I really loved this story that made me want to cheer some of the characters on and hiss and boo others. I really wanted true love to surface and all be good in Dora, Joe and the girls lives but there was always the other woman with her sharpened claws just using every known reason going to win Joe back.
Pam Howes doesn’t just describe an era she has captured a time when pride and doing the ‘right thing’ even if it was the wrong thing, was what a gentleman did. Dora on the other hand was really quite a pioneer of her time, in what was a still very male dominated world. I am not only looking forward to the next book to find out more about Dora and Joe but also of their girls that are rapidly growing up too. Will little Jackie still be performing? This story closes in 1957.
I wish to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for an ARC of this book which I have reviewed fairly and honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pam is a retired interior designer, mum to three daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren and roadie to her musician partner.
The inspiration for Pam’s first novel came from her teenage years, working in a record store, and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. The first novel evolved into a series about a fictional band The Raiders. She is a fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to begin writing.