Blackpool’s Angel by Maggie Mason @AuthorMary #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my thoughts today for Blackpool’s Angel by Maggie Mason. I love this authors books so much and if you love historical fiction then you will love her books. Mary Wood writes as Maggie Mason so do check her out as her books are brilliant.

Let me show you what Blackpool’s Angel is all about…

Blackpool, 1893

Tilly has come a long way from the run-down tenements in which she grew up. She has a small but comfortable home, a loving, handsome husband, two beautiful little’uns – Babs and Beth – and she earns herself a little money weaving wicker baskets. Life is good.

Until the day Tilly returns home to find a policeman standing on her doorstep. Her Arthur won’t be coming home tonight – nor any night – having fallen to his death whilst working on Blackpool tower. Suddenly Tilly is her daughters’ sole protector, and she’s never felt more alone.

With the threat of destitution nipping at their heels, Tilly struggles to make ends meet and keep a roof over her girls’ heads. In a town run by men Tilly has to ask herself what she’s willing to do to keep her family together and safe – and will it be enough?

The perfect read for fans of Mary Wood, Kitty Neale, Val Wood and Nadine Dorries

Maggie Mason you have done it again! Every book I have read by this author has been a absolute pleasure to read. Whether writing as Mary Wood or Maggie Mason I know I am in for a wonderful read.

Blackpool’s Angel is the first book in the planned Sandgronians trilogy and Wow what a start it was. This is the story of Tilly, born and bred in Blackpool and mother to twins and very happily married until a change in circumstances see’s her put out of her home.

Poor Tilly just seems to attract the wrong sort of attention. She is taken advantage of and ends up on the wrong foot time after time. My heart really went out to this character and also I really wanted to give her a shake and tell her to wise up. I do however understand how she acted. She did posses an inner strength that she herself was not aware of.

Tilly as I have mentioned has a real tough time of it, and I am desperate to shout about all the things I loved about this book, but in doing that I will let out spoilers. But things get bad for her to say the least and she finds herself in some very serious situations that as tough as they are actually give her the kick up the rear she needs. Tilly is a character who had to hit rock bottom before she could then see a back up again. What a drop it was though, my emotions went through the wringer once again as I followed our heroine.

I have never been to Blackpool, but the author does a great job with her descriptions and imagery in her writing that I can imagine the sights, sounds and smells of the era she sets her books in. I am really looking forward to reading the following books in the trilogy. The author knows Blackpool and this shows in her writing, she also researches for her books and this adds a realism to her stories in a historical fiction sense that is. The history of Blackpool and of the conditions of those living and working in the area before the Golden Mile was wonderful. A little snapshot back in time to an era of excitement for its visitors but of extreme hardship for its residents.

This is a tale that revolves around Tilly, her lifestyle and the lifestyles of the various people she meets. It has the atmosphere of despair as she loses what she values most and yet there is a hope that balances things out. This is a must read for fans of historical fiction and I would absolutely recommend it. If you have not yet read anything by this author before then may I suggest picking up this one as it s the start to a new series. I know that you will then want to check out her other books.

In case you had not realised I loved this book, I am a huge fan of this author and obviously I Highly Recommend Blackpool’s Angel 🙂

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Many thanks for reading my post 🙂 xx

52 thoughts on “Blackpool’s Angel by Maggie Mason @AuthorMary #Bookreview

  1. Sounds good! Traditionally Blackpool was where Glaswegians went for family holidays back when I was a kid, or on boozy day trips for teens and twenty-somethings so I was there often over the years, though obviously not quite as far back as 1893! 😉

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    1. Haha! I can remember being told at school that a lot of seaside resorts were popular destinations for inner city and large townsfolk to visit. Then later changing as you said to boozy trips. I have never been to Blackpool but would like to one day I may get there xx

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  2. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Yvonne, your love of my work, not only honours me, but shines through. I feel emotional reading your words. And thank you for all the support you give me, much love and hugs, Mary xxx

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  3. You certainly make us the readers want to pick up one of Mary’s books and read it. This new book is obviously just as good as all the others. A great review for a great book.

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  4. Hi, I loved this book. I do think Tilly is a wonderful character, will look forward to reading more about her life in the future. xx

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  5. What a wonderful review loved the “emotional wringer” quote oooohhh we are in for a treat with this one, hankies ready ??

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  6. I love your books so much Mary. The first one I read was Brighter Days Ahead and was instantly hooked 🙂 I’ve since started from the first one you ever published and have now reached Proud of You…I want to read them in order of publication so may take a time before I’m reading your latest. I think your amazing Mary xxxx

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