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Monday, January 8, 2018

Manchester Moll by Emma Hornby - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Moll's mother is an alcoholic and Moll's father's health is declining. Moll tries to support her family financially and she's trying to raise her brother Bo and Sister Sissy as well as she can. It's the end of the nineteenth century and Manchester is being ruled by gangs. Two of those gangs would love to add Bo to their ranks. Moll is trying to prevent this from happening. However, their mother is making life incredibly difficult for her children and this makes it hard for Bo to stay on the right track.

Moll knows how to stand up for herself, but she keeps angering people when doing so. She's no longer safe both on the streets and inside her home. What can she do to keep tragedy at bay? When Moll falls in love the conflict deepens. Now she and Bo are at opposite sides of the same battle. What will she do and which choices can she make to stop bloodshed from happening? Can Moll protect her loved ones or is she in over her head?

Manchester Moll is a beautiful impressive story. Moll doesn't have an easy life. She has to work hard for very little money, she has many responsibilities, especially since she's only eighteen years old, and she doesn't get much love in return. My heart constantly ached for her. Moll is a fighter though. She's clever, she's responsible and she knows how to stand up for herself. I admired her spirit and her determination to make things better for the people she loves. She's an admirable person and I loved reading her story. I was amazed by how well she does given the circumstances and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out what would happen to her.

Emma Hornby skillfully describes the era she's writing about. I could easily picture Moll's world and was impressed by the realistic atmosphere Emma Hornby manages to set. It isn't colorful and every day is a struggle, but that's exactly where the beauty lies. Life still has its good sides even when things aren't perfect. There's so much community spirit, there's love and understanding and people are really looking out for one another. That is something I absolutely loved about Manchester Moll, I could feel all that and more. Emma Hornby has written a fantastic poignant story filled with emotion, heartbreak and hope. I highly recommend this amazing book.

Advice

If you love realistic historical fiction Manchester Moll would be a perfect choice.

About Emma Hornby


Mother-of-three Emma Hornby was born in Bolton, England, in 1983, on a tight-knit, working-class estate. History has always been her passion, in particular the Victorian era, and she grew up with her nose buried in sagas. Before pursuing a career as a novelist, she had a variety of jobs, from care assistant for the elderly, to working in a Blackpool rock factory. She later wrote short stories and non-fiction pieces for the internet, print and stage, and also worked as a freelance poet.

Emma's books are gritty historicals set in 1800s Bolton and Manchester, which she began writing after researching her family history. The colourful folk she unearthed gave her plenty of inspiration; like the characters in her novels, many generations of her family eked out life amidst the squalor and poverty of Lancashire's slums.

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Giveaway

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Manchester Moll by Emma Hornby.


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

24 comments:

  1. Manchester Moll sounds like an absorbing historical saga set in 1800s Bolton and Manchester.

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  2. Wow, this sounds really authentic and gripping! I hope that there's hope and light and a happy ending for Moll! :D

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  3. It sounds like a real page turner! I love it!

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  4. this looks interesting, would love to read it!

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  6. What a great book, can't wait to read it, it'll seem familiar I hope as I'm from the Manchester area too. I am keeping my fingers tightly crossed. :-)

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  7. I love reading books about Manchester, I can't wait to get my hands on this!

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  8. Emma, Manchester Molly sounds like a great book! I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  9. Love the cover of the book!!

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  10. I really admire when authors write difficult subject and stories. Great review.

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  11. love this title - sounds like an excellent read

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  12. Sounds great and I guess very emotinal. Would love to read it.

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  13. I love reading about this turbulent period.

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  14. I adore the cover of this book! and the story line seems very interesting, thanks for this chance to win a copy of your book too! x

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  15. Loved A SHILLING FOR A WIFE so very eager to read more. The cover is great (my first "hook") so can't wait to read this one.

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  16. Interesting story with a strong heroine. The cover also captivating. This would be a good book to recommend to fellow readers who loves a great story with strong female character!

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  17. Moll sounds like an incredible young woman.

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  18. This is just my type of book xx

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