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Fallen Angels - Valerie Wood

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Valerie Wood / Edition: Reprint / Paperback / 512 Pages / Book is published 2008-03-25 by Corgi Books

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      20.09.2010 18:03
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      After receiving a bag full of reading books from my mum in law, I decided the time was right to start working my way through it, with this review being on the first little gem taken out!

      The book I will now review is - "Fallen angels by Valerie Wood".

      Lily Fowler is heavily pregnant, married to a pig of a man who had promised her the earth, then decided that once the ring was on her finger (her late husbands ring in fact, he was too tight to pay for a new one!), and on her way to Hull with her husband and the youngest of her two children Daisy.

      Once in York she realises there is something not quite right, as her husband ties her to the cart they have been travelling in to prevent her escaping, or more to the point from beating him to death with her bare hands when she realises what he is about to do.

      Many years previous, Billy Fowler had heard of a man whom had sold his wife, so decided he couldn't taken anymore from her, so decided not only would he sell her, but her daughter too. Leaving him with her eldest son to tend to his small holding at the coast.

      After being sold and left to rot on the streets of Hull with no help offered from any locals, Lily decides that she must fend for herself and finds herself in a most unsavoury position.

      Will Lily be able to get herself back to the "respectable side", or will the "fallen" women who she now has such a deep understanding and affinity with become her new surrogate family?

      You may have gathered that this is of course a book set way back to a time where men had the last say in matters, and women were rated as second class citizens, and this in itself is worth reading the book for, making me cry, laugh and at times rage at the book due to the sheer inequality of these poor women's situations.

      There is fair amount of shocking material within the book, but this is due to the bad living conditions, and circumstances rather than the obvious sexual content, with there being a small amount of swearing to speak of.

      The book is written from a third person perspective, and is incredibly easy to follow, though there are a few characters within the book, so most have a chapter each and the story gets worked in that method.

      Price wise this will cost you around £4.50 mark from www.amazon.co.uk.

      This is a lovely book, that in fairness I would categorise as a woman's book, full of hate, hurt, love and promise, this is a nice book that kept me entertained for the couple of days it took me to complete it, recommended!

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 978-0-552-15659-2

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