Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of THE CONVENT GIRL as part of the Blog Tour. This is a brilliant story that will appeal to anyone who loves historical fiction.
THE CONVENT GIRL
Format – Kindle
Publisher – Joffe Books
Publication Date –
Genre – Historical romance and sagas
Author – Tania Crosse
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A compelling tale of secrets and betrayal, friendship and trust in a time of war.
1941. Bombs are falling all over Plymouth. Young Maisie O’Sullivan must make a choice that will change her life for ever.
Maisie yearns for a family of her own. Raised as a charity orphan in a Catholic convent in Ireland, she believed she was all alone in the world.
But when she is twelve, her world is turned upside down by a shocking revelation. She is uprooted from the only life she has ever known, and transplanted against her will to Plymouth, England.
Family might not be all it’s cracked up to be. But Maisie is resilient. She surrounds herself with a family of her own making. Lovely old Zeek, her grandfather-like neighbour. Feisty Kitty, her inseparable friend. Young fisherman Nick, her kind and patient boyfriend.
Then war breaks out across Europe and a horrific tragedy occurs during one of the worst nights of the Plymouth Blitz. Maisie makes a momentous decision that will take her life in a very unexpected direction . . . But will she be able to live with the consequences?
Fans of Nadine Dorries, Rosie Goodwin, Dilly Court, Freda Lightfoot, Anna Jacobs, Rosie Clarke and Catherine Cookson will adore this compelling tale of secrets, betrayal and friendship spanning generations.
READERS LOVE THE CONVENT GIRL:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “If you love family sagas you will love this book . . . I read it in one evening.” Angela S.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Fascinating . . . an interesting plot that reflects the morals of that time.” Carol S.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Maisie is a true hero to root for! Highly recommended.” Paul J.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I really enjoyed this book and did not want to put it down.” Barbara
ALSO BY TANIA CROSSE
Book 1: THE HARBOUR MASTER’S DAUGHTER
Book 2: THE RIVER GIRL
Book 3: THE GUNPOWDER GIRL
Book 4: THE QUARRY GIRL
Book 5: THE RAILWAY GIRL
Book 6: THE WHEELWRIGHT GIRL
Book 7: THE AMBULANCE GIRL
Book 8: THE DARTMOOR GIRL
Book 9: THE GIRL AT HOLLY COTTAGE
Book 10: THE CONVENT GIRL
The Convent Girl is a brilliant historical saga by Tania Crosse. Although book 10 in the Devonshire series the books are stand alone stories and can be read and enjoyed in any order.
Maisie is living in a Convent in Ireland. Although the nuns are strict this is the only life she has ever known and has always been told her parents were dead. So when at 12 years old her father turns up to drag her away from her life and friends she is more than shocked and absolutely devastated.
It is soon clear that her father just wanted a skivvy and makes Maisie’s life a misery.
As time passes on we follow Maisie in her determination to escape the clutches of her father and fulfil her dream. There are many traumas along the way and when War comes to England we get a vision of what it was like to live in a city during WW2.
This is a very gripping book that I just had to keep reading. I really enjoyed reading about Maisie’s struggles and admired her determination. Her friendship with Kitty brought so much to the story.
It was eye opening to realise how living in a convent with only females and under the strict rules of the church would leave such a mark.
As the book progressed and we learn of the sacrifices she made I did fear that she would never fulfil her dream to have a home and family of her own. Did she? You will have to read the book to find out.
A very gripping read that I absolutely loved. Definitely 5 stars from me.
Tania Crosse was born in London, but at a young age, moved to Surrey where her love of the countryside took root. She wanted to be an author since childhood, but after obtaining a degree in French Literature, life took over. It wasn’t until her children were older that she began writing seriously. She has now had published nine historical novels set on her beloved Dartmoor, while The Street of Broken Dreams, the last of four Twentieth Century sagas set in London and the south east, won Best Saga in the 2020 awards of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
BOOKS BY TANIA CROSSE
DEVONSHIRE SAGA SERIES
THE HARBOUR MASTER’S DAUGHTER
THE RIVER GIRL
THE GUNPOWDER GIRL
THE QUARRY GIRL
THE RAILWAY GIRL
THE WHEELWRIGHT GIRL
THE AMBULANCE GIRL
THE DARTMOOR GIRL
THE GIRL AT HOLLY COTTAGE
THE CONVENT GIRL
PRAISE FOR THE DEVONSHIRE SAGA SERIES
“Carefully researched and well presented.” Bestselling author Anna Jacobs
“Moments of tragedy are uplifted by a sense of empowering and inspiring strength from the main characters. The narrative is brilliantly authentic and every emotion that is expressed by the characters is mirrored in the reader’s heart.” Cindy
“Tania Crosse is an excellent story teller. She tells a story of how tragedy turns to happiness in the most unexpected way.” S.J.
“This is the first book I’ve read by Tania Crosse, but it won’t be the last. I started this just before bedtime, feeling rather sleepy, and then just couldn’t stop reading. I loved everything about this heartwarming story and will look out for all future books by this author. Highly recommended.” Sarah M.
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