Tuesday 5 May 2020

Review - The Secrets of Ironbridge by Mollie Walton

The Secrets of Ironbridge by Mollie Walton
Zaffre Books
Release date: 30 April 2020
Back cover blurb: 1850s Shropshire. Returning to her mother's birthplace at the age of eighteen, Beatrice Ashford encounters a complex family she barely knows. Her great-grandmother Queenie adores her, but the privileged social position of Beatrice's family as masters of the local brickworks begins to make her uncomfortable. And then she meets Owen Malone: handsome, different, refreshing - and from a class beneath her own. They fall for each other fast, but an old family feud and growing industrial unrest threatens to drive them apart. Can they overcome their different backgrounds? And can Beatrice make amends for her family's past?

The secrets of Ironbridge is the second book in the Ironbridge series. It can be read as a stand alone novel, but I would recommend reading the first if you can.

1850's Shropshire, and Beatrice Ashford returns to her Mother's birthplace at the age of Eighteen. After a life of growing up in cosmopolitan Montmartre, Paris, at first Beatrice isn't sure what to make of her Mother's home town.

The reason for their return is the threat of imminent death of a family member Beatrice has never met. Sadly they are too late, but Beatrice's Mother insists that they must stay, as it will give Beatrice a better future being back amongst the family wealth.

Her Mother, Margaret has warned Beatrice many times of her Great Grandmother Queenie and her acerbic tongue, but Beatrice and Queenie immediately get along, leaving Margaret to breathe a sigh of relief.

Beatrice though, is lonely, she misses her friends in Montmartre and longs to go back. When Beatrice meets Owen Malone, she does not care about his job, or class, only that he is the most charming and handsome man she has ever met. As she learns that he works at the local brickworks, she realises that any fledgling relationship must be kept secret from her family.

I don't want to say too much more, as I'd love you to read this novel for yourself and discover the Ironbridge of the 1800's.

The Secrets of Ironbridge is another beautifully written novel by this author, and I can't wait to read the next installment in the series.

The Secrets of Ironbirdge is available now via Amazon online and all good shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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