Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 284
Date of Publication: January 18, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
Desperation leads to an act that proves that good people can do bad things. That is the case with Bella Farrow. She and her husband are starving and she commits theft. Her husband stands by her and they leave their home and family and start over again. Forced to take on a dangerous job, Bella's husband eventually loses her life. This is utterly devastating to Bella as her love for him reached no bounds. Now she is all alone and must find her way yet again. Her secret travels with her.
Bella's life does turn around and she holds her head up high, even chancing finding love once again. However, Bella wants a clear conscience. The man that found a way into Bella's heart is James Earlham, a railway engineer, and Bella soon must wonder if revealing her secret once and for all will finally give her hope and love for her future?
This book took many a sad turn. I felt for Bella throughout but as I read this book I kept waiting for the shoe to fall regarding her past. Then, as the story went on I found myself watching James with a wary eye.
What an utterly compelling read. Bella's decision to steal in order to eat followed her at a close clip throughout and it was heartbreaking as life came full circle for her. The drama, the twists, the knowledge of the coal mines and the early railway system, all came together in a story that also included romance, loss and heartbreak.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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