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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147508661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475086614
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,098,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Glynis Smy was born and raised in England. Her days are spent caring for her mother, and writing Historical romance fiction with a twist.

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I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich. My genre is historical romance with a twist. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research.

Proud writing moments in my life: Maggie's Child - Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award - Leighton Buzzard - Sept 13th 2014.

Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014

Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list.

Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library.

Over the years I've won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line.

When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughter.


Please note: I write in UK English.

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I'm really looking forward to this author's next book.
Penbon
Without letting the story get bogged down in detail, Ms. Smy creates fully populated, artfully dressed, and atmospheric scenes.
Lornwal
It had a lot of unexpected twists and turns, If this was the Authors first book then I cannot wait for her next one.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Bell on May 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I began reading this book unaware that it had anything to do with Jack the Ripper and by the time I got to the chapter where he is mentioned I got quite a surprise! (Don't worry, this isn't a spoiler :o). I don't know much about Jack the Ripper so I had to look him up.

However, those who are familiar with Jack trivia, please don't be put off--it's not your average "boring retelling", because it doesn't stay true to the "facts"--it' wasn't written for that purpose. You see, it's not really about Jack the Ripper at all. It's a fictional account about the other people in his life. I won't go into whom because it might spoil some things. But intriguing concept, yes?

The beginning might be a bit slow for some, (not for me, though, as I don't read books just to get them finished), because it does a fine job of building character. But by around a third of the way through it really began to pick up pace. I read the last half of the book in half the time I read the first half. The world was believable. Some moments left me holding my breath. Some moments left me teary (especially toward the end), and for a person who doesn't often read this genre, it was a smooth and enjoyable hit of "history".

I highly recommend this. It's history without being history. Gotta love that, yeah?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Meador on May 10, 2012
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Ahh to fall in love with a story - this is exactly what happened as I met Kitty, Sarah, Arthur, James and Patrick. Kitty is the woman you just love to love and Sarah is too! I even fell in love with Sally...and then heartbroken at her situation. Arthur, James and Patrick are all vying for the affections of Kitty leading to a story that grabs your attention, holds it and delivers the warm fuzzy feeling as you read the last words....Now, I can't say too much more because then I would ruin it but I do have to say this: It is a wonderful story written by a talented writer - Good Job Glynis Smy on your debut novel! And I am looking forward to reading "Maggie's Child" later this year after it is released!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JEANNE on May 7, 2012
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I was totally drawn into the world of this book. Love the heroine, Kitty and especially liked the accounts of her branching out on her own and setting up shop as a seamstress. Lots of what I like in historical fiction-great detail and atmosphere, very credible characters. And, just as you would hope for in a tale of Jack the Ripper, plenty of dank alleys and 'mustard' coloured fog.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Moore on May 7, 2012
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If you've ever thought historical novels are a little bit boring, you really must give this a go -- it's anything but dull! Combining fiction with reality, Smy creates a story with plenty of twists and turns, along with characters you can't help but love or hate in equal measures. I enjoyed the strong, independent heroine who refuses to bow to convention and even sets up her own successful business. Using colourful language, the world of East London comes to life, and you can almost taste the fear and unease that wraps itself around this novel.A wonderful debut, and I can't wait to read more from this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sally Duckworth on May 30, 2012
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First of all an amazing cover illustration !
Suspenseful , loved the character Kitty and she kept my attention throughout the book .
Her voice rings so clear and true and she make you feel the things she sees and does.
A joy to read , easy to get into and addictively plotted.
Beautifully written and a real page turner.
Will not give the story line away as a MUST to read.
Wonderful debut novel and cant wait fot the next by Glynis Smy .
Well done
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Kagan author of "All My Love, Detrick" on May 8, 2012
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What an awesome read! I felt like I was transported back to Old England to the impoverished section of Whitechapel. The imagery is so strong that you will feel as if you are walking through the dirty streets of London. I could sense the danger lurking in every corner. Kitty, the main character is well developed and you really come to know her as she brings you into her world. She is a strong young woman and the reader feels as if she is with Kitty as Kitty branches out taking steps necessary to survive and improve her life. There are some serious surprises that will shock you. I am trying to be careful not to give any spoilers away. But I will tell you that this is a great read. It kept my interest and caused me to stay up far too late one night because I couldn't put it down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Len on June 1, 2012
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Before I began reading this novel, the honest truth was historical fiction never appealed to me. After reading this, I am now a fan! So, if you are not a historical-fiction fan, this isn't a typical, boring book with the non-essential details. It's a well-crafted novel with a good plot.

With compelling and yet believable characters and without saying much that would add spoilers, I recommend this to the highest degree.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ann Carbine Best on May 23, 2012
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I really enjoyed this story. Anything that alludes to Jack the Ripper intrigues me and gets me reading (or watching), and Glynis Smy's twist on the infamous killer intrigued me. The characters were delightful. I especially like the characters, who are delightful, and the descriptions of Victorian English life. The Victorian period is one of my favorite periods in literature. The beginning of chapter 14 is a particularly good example, IMO, of the time period:

The stench greeted the two women before they entered the courtyard. A block of rundown tenement buildings created a dark shadow across the street. Not a ray of sunlight could break through. In truth the sun would do nothing to brighten the scene. It was the worst area of the city. Smoke, gas, and sewerage fumes choked the residents. (End of quote.)

The dialogue is also excellent and captures the flavor of time and place in such conversations as this (also from chapter 14) where Kitty and Sarah are visiting their friend Sally, one of the "residents" in this rundown area of town:

A woman [Sally] dressed in drab, dirty clothes leant over a wooden crate. Her body odour was offensive to her visitors, but their faces gave nothing away.

'Well wadcha know, it's me girls come to pay a visit.'....

Sally suffered a hard life and circumstances found her working as a prostitute.

'Take a load off, it is me birthday and I bin celebratin', wore out I am' [Sally says]. (End of excerpt.)

One reviewer said the book was slow reading at first, and it was for me also. But like this reviewer, I too am patient with "slow" beginnings when I realize that the author is "setting the scene.
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