- File Size: 760 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Aspidistra Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008EWNCC4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A woman living in the 1870's doesn't have a lot of options for a career, but becoming pregnant and not being married is even worse. This is the situation that Eleanor "Nell" Lillington finds herself in. When she refuses to disclose the father (not wanting to be married), her father sends her to a Poor Farm where she is to give birth to the child and eventually give the child up for adoption. But the discovery of a double murder along with the people she interacts with daily has a great effect on Nell and forces her to do some serious growing up.
NOTE: I received a free version of this from the author, who happens to be a Goodreads friend of mine.
Some of the first books I remember my mother reading to me were the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories. I adored Laura Ingalls Wilder; I probably read each book several times by myself, once I "outgrew" my mom reading to me. And I also read many of the books based on the events after Laura's own books (such as the Rose Wilder series).
While I am probably more of a science fiction/fantasy girl, I still enjoy reading a nice historical. And this book, while a bit out of my historical fiction range (I typically like ancient historicals) sounded pretty interesting. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this novel.
First off, I was greatly impressed with the writing. I've heard horror stories of self-published authors' works, how they are barely or sloppily edited, with grammar and spelling mistakes galore. Not so here. I think I found only two formatting issues (EDIT: apparently, these are Kindle issues, not formatting issues), and I saw absolutely no glaring grammar and spelling mistakes.Read more ›
"The door slammed shut. I heard the spring bolt shoot into place with a hard thud. I leaped to my feet and screamed like I had never screamed in my entire life."
That's about all I want to tell, going further would spoil the story. I liked this a lot, it was a quick easy read that kept me guessing; and there are more twists and turns after the evil baddie is revealed (my heart just about dropped when he did THAT). The 1870s Midwest setting was a refreshing change, and along with a look at life on a poor farm (it's like its own mini-society), and the author also worked the Great Chicago Fire into the story. I know I'm going to say this clumsily, but a huge thumbs up to the character of Tess, who suffered from Down's Syndrome. It so refreshing to have a character with a handicap worked into the story and to watch the strong bond develop between Nell and Tess. Other big pluses were no formatting errors, nor even a typo to be found (if there were, I missed them), so thank you Ms.Read more ›
I thought it was written true to the times the story took place, but when the pregnant young lady began to show, she called it a "bump." I am very sure it was never called that at that time, or any time up until the last 10 years or so. I was pregnant in the 1960's, and in 1979, (3 times in all) and to have ever referred to my condition after I began to show, a "bump" would have been the most disrespectful word I could use. It is a very new term, and I am sure during the historical times it would have been even more distasteful.
I would still have given it 5 stars though, because it was a great story; just a story with a careless and disappointing end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is definitely a book for women. Quite enjoyable and really kept me interested. A soft, easy to read, mystery and historical novel.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Characters you'll love, and some you won't, packed with emotion, suspense, and a promise of better days ahead. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan J. Gainoutdinov
I cannot praise Jane Steen enough for her ability to build a world that captures every essence of an era. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kay pope
Engaging story that has been well-researched and then written by someone who speaks and reads the English language exceptionally well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith R Baker
Nell is caught in a time when women are expected to remain at home and take care of their husband,give him children, further his position in the town. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TLK
This novel was different and really held my interest ! A worthy read! Lots of interesting historical details regarding the poor family.Published 2 months ago by asale
This is a good storyline with interesting characters. Nell was totally an independent girl from the onset and her naivety was probably the norm for girls of her age and of that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ally S
the characters were of many different kinds of people. The story paced along for me and I was satisfied with the end.Published 2 months ago by Emilie Ricknell
This was a book I hated to put down. There was a unique twist to this historical fiction novel. It didn't end the way I thought it would and I loved it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marianne S. Bonatakis