Friday, February 7, 2020

BLOG TOUR - The Orphan's Daughter

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Orphan's Daughter by Sandy Taylor.


Ireland, 1924. For thirteen-year-old Nora Doyle every day is a fight for survival in Ballybun, the rural Irish village she calls home. Each night, as she feels the cold wind blowing through the cracks of her family’s cramped cottage, Nora longs to escape the poverty surrounding her and find her place in the world.

When she meets Edward, from the grand house that looms over her tiny village, she feels an unlikely kinship that is impossible to explain, and as she grows from an impulsive child into a beautiful woman, Nora spends every moment she can with him. But Edward holds the key to a secret about Nora’s own family that changes her life forever, and the devastating impact tears Nora away from her beloved village. Now she must start afresh in busy, hectic Dublin. When Nora meets charming baker Joe Lynch, can she dare to risk her heart again?

But sorrow is never far away for an Irish village girl, and when tragedy strikes, Nora must return to Ballybun to see Edward once more and face up to the truth that drove her away. But back amongst the familiar sights and smells of her childhood, Nora feels herself drawn once more to her old life, and love, as she faces an impossible choice. Torn in different directions, can Nora find the strength to be true to herself?

A heart-wrenching story of love, loss and the power of friendship during unimaginable hardship. This book is perfect for fans of Orphan Train and Diney Costeloe'sThe Girl With No Name.


Title:  The Orphan's Daughter
Author:  Sandy Taylor
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  348
Date of Publication:  February 5, 2020
My rating:   5 Stars

Thirteen-year-olds Nora Doyle and her friend Kitty Quinn sneak through a hole in a wall of that leads to Bretton House and that is forbidden to them. One of their forays is to witness a a funeral from a distance and poke a bit of fun at the attendees. When Nora meets Edward, who lives in the big house, the connection is instant. Nora spends more and more time there, especially in a garden where Edward can name every flower and plant. As drawn as Nora is to Edward, the house and the garden, she does not listen to her parents regarding this.

The teens grow older and then there is something that changes drastically that affects what Nora and Edward have.  Nora really must choose between obeying her parents wishes and being there for Edward.

While the setting may seem simple by the description, this is by no means the case. This story is a  powerful example of friendship that lasts several years. I found this book to be quite enjoyable, often funny at the beginning, but highly emotional as I continued to read. Sandy Taylor wrote a story that many will enjoy as she has the ability to pen words that flow evenly and remind readers of the power of love.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for an honest opinion.


Sandy Taylor grew up on a council estate near Brighton. There were no books in the house, so Sandy's love of the written word was nurtured in the little local library. Leaving school at fifteen, Sandy worked in a series of factories before landing a job at Butlins in Minehead.


  1. Oh gosh this sounds very poignant. Glad you enjoyed it so much . Great review.

  2. This one would break my heart - you are so brave

  3. Historical Fiction is not my thing but I am glad you liked it.

  4. I don’t read a lot of historical but this sounds really powerful.

  5. Sounds very nice. I do enjoy historical fiction but rarely pick up this genre. Thanks for the reminder

  6. Not a genre I read, but it does sound like a tearjerker.

  7. Historical fiction is hit or miss for me. This one sounds intense though!

  8. This gives me The Secret Garden vibes and sounds like such a heart breaker.

  9. Great review Robin, this book looks and sounds like a really emotional book. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book.Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.