Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review 'A Daughter's Love' by Catherine King

Nell Goodman is a good daughter. Her job in the local brewery is the only thing keeping her and her mother afloat. But with her mother becoming increasingly eccentric and requiring more and more attention, Nell is starting to feel the burden of her responsibilities.

When Nell goes to George Wilmot, the brewery's owner, for help he offers her a job as a live-in servant at Wilmot Grange. And then she begins to grow closer to Devlin, George's son, and it looks like Nell's luck is finally changing.

An unwelcome discovery and a tragedy mean that things suddenly change. Devlin pulls away from Nell, her mother's behavior is becoming worse, and there are secrets around every corner. Somehow Nell is at the heart of all the drama and yet she has no idea of the part she is supposed to play . .

This book is available at Amazon UK, Amazon US and Barnes & Noble

My Review:

A view weeks ago I received a paperback copy of ‘A Daughter’s Love’ by Catherine King. This is my first book by Catherine King, but since I love Historical Romance novels, I couldn’t wait to start reading this one.

In ‘A Daughter’s Love’ we meet Nell Goodman. Nell has been taking care of her mother Mabel ever since her farther died suddenly when she was just a baby. Nell is the one who works to bring money in. But sometimes this becomes really hard. Mabel never recovered after her husband died and now she keeps thinking it’s still twenty years ago. Working and taking care of Mabel, is taking its toll on Nell. And when Nell loses her job because she had to bring her mother home, she is desperate to find a new home and job for her and her mother. But a terrible secret from the past is getting in the way of Nell’s job search.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book before I started reading. Since I love Historical Romance novels I really wanted to give this one a try. And I definitely was in need of a good romantic novel. (Something about this cold weather makes me want to read romance novel!!)
The writing is ‘A Daughter’s Love’ is easy to follow. Right from the beginning I really wanted to know how this story would end. So I kept reading because I just really wanted to know what would happen next.

But I had some issues with this book. For one, I thought for a long while that I was reading the wrong book with the wrong cover. The back of the cover said this book was about Nell and Devlin, but I was reading about Mabel and Harold. It definitely took me a while to get what was going on and that this book was written in two parts. This really bothered me a little.
Secondly this book was not really a Historical Romance novel if you ask me. It was Historical, but the romance wasn’t there until maybe the last page of the book. This book was a story about life as a woman in the early nineteen hundreds. It was hard, sad and at times really frustrating to read.

In the end I did enjoy reading this book. It was very different from what I expected, but it really was a story that touched me in the end. The title ‘A Daughter’s Love’ fits perfectly to this book and it was in it’s own way, a beautiful story about a daughter’s love for her mother.

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About the Author:

Catherine King was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. A search for her roots - her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all worked with coal, steel or iron - and an interest in local industrial history provide inspiration for her stories. Catherine has written ten novels, including ‘A Sister's Courage’ and ‘Her Mother's Secret’. Her second novel, ‘Silk and Steel’, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year award.

Catherine King sadly passed away on July 21st 2015. 'A Daughter's Love' is her final novel.

For more information about Catherine King please visit her website, or on Facebook and Twitter

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from the Little, Brown Book Group.

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