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=='A Mother's Love' a novel by Lyn Andrews==
I borrowed 'A Mother's Love' by Lyn Andrews from my daughter as I had nothing to read, a situation that just had to be rectified!
The copy I am reviewing is a large sized paperback which bears the cover price of £11.99.
Set in Liverpool in 1933, the novel tells the story of publicans Eve and Eddie Dobson, and their three daughters, Sarah, Maggie and Lily. The family live above the pub and struggle to make ends meet in the depression that rocked the UK at that time.
Eddie Dobson has a gambling habit and an eye for the lazy barmaid he and his wife employ.
His daughters are almost grown up but Eddie feels stifled by his wife and family. The eldest daughter, Sarah is a waitress in a hotel, a reliable if dull girl. Maggie, the second daughter is engaged to Billy and works in a greengrocers' shop, she is rather snobbish and has hopes for improving her lot once safely married. The youngest, Lily is a trial to her family, she is spoiled, selfish and self-centred. Lily wants to be famous, she wants to go on the stage or travel or be rich. She has a job as a seamstress which she is good at, but she hates it and never gives up grumbling and complaining about her life.
Circumstances change and rock the family in many ways. Eve finds herself solely responsible for the family and the pub. She has problems aplenty and comes to rely heavily on her two older girls. Lily adds to the family dramas with tragic results. Strengths that Eve did not know that she had come to the fore and with the help of her daughters and barman Harry Dempsey, Eve comes through......
More I will not divulge here for fear of spoiling the book for readers!
Lyn Andrews is a prolific writer of women's fiction. She writes about life and Liverpool with insight and empathy for the residents of the city. In 1993 Lyn was short listed for the Romantic Novelists' Association Award and her novels have regularly made the top ten of the Sunday Times Best Seller List. Lyn Andrews has written over 20 novels, all set in Liverpool and Ireland, she is one of the UK's top one hundred paperback bestselling authors.
Lyn Andrews was born in Liverpool, her father was a policeman, as is her husband. Lyn Andrews has a grown up family of triplets. She now lives in Ireland where she continues to write.
**PUBLISHING, PRICING AND AVAILABILITY**
My copy of A Mother's Love was published by Headline in 2004
Jacket price £11.99
Currently available on www.amazon.co.uk for £5.59 (new) 0.01p (used)
An enjoyable, well- written novel, with strong, well drawn characters-perfect for whiling away a wintery afternoon! The plot is a little predictable in places, but not so much so that reading pleasure is spoiled, as it twists and turns, throwing up surprises, sadness and wry humour here and there. My only criticism is that I thought the ending a trifle weak, I would have liked to know more of the family's fortunes.
If you enjoy a family saga style novel, do give this a try.
Thank you for reading.
© brittle1906 February 2009
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