The Five Shilling Children #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley

Written by Lindsey Hutchinson


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Tears and tribulations, laughs and heartbreak, from the queen of Black Country sagas.

Adam and Polly Fitch face a bleak future after being sold for just five shillings to Miss Reed’s orphanage by their bullying father. Missing their mother Minnie, and their three brothers still at home, they know they must stick together to survive.

But the orphanage does have one advantage – a merry band of children who soon form their own kind of family – and they’re all determined to escape the clutches of the wicked Miss Reed.

Adam decides to survive he’ll need to fight, so he sneaks out to have boxing lessons with the famous pugilist Billy Marshall. Lessons he needs sooner than he expects when his beloved sister Polly is sold to the rich Bellamy family, and Adam decides to go to her rescue.

Can Adam, Polly and their band of friends survive life with only each other to rely on, and will they ever have the happily ever after they so long for…


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A Riveting Read!    Stars 5


Oh, this is a grand tale! Heart-wrenching and heartwarming, it has everything going for it!

Adam and Polly Fitch have no idea where they are headed when their father takes them away from home, until he knocks at a door and hands them over in return for five shillings each – then leaves without a backward glance. They didn’t come from a perfect home, but they are heartbroken at being parted from their mother and brothers, one of whom is only a babe in arms. At least they still have each other, and pledge to stick together whatever life has in store for them. Settling in to the orphanage, they soon make friends with the other children living there, but it’s a good job none of them know what’s ahead of them . . .

I’m very fond of historical sagas like this one; set in times when poverty was a very serious state of affairs (far worse than not having the latest model of mobile phone), it is astonishing how some families managed to survive. This is a well-plotted and attention grabbing novel; it pulled me in from the very first page and kept me there until the very last. With terrific characterisation and several riveting story lines, all cleverly intertwined, this is a saga I heartily recommend. Not my first read by this author, and it won’t be the last – Lindsey Hutchinson consistently delivers superb books. A five star read, no doubt about it!

My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley, and to Vicky Joss for my spot on this Blog Tour. Of course, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: historical saga
  • Format: ebook
  • Size: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 19 September 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Author Bio


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I was born and raised in Wednesbury, West Midlands. I am married with two children and three grandchildren. I now live in the Shropshire countryside with my husband and Labrador. Typing up the manuscripts for my mother (Meg Hutchinson) rekindled my love of story telling and it seems I am destined to follow in her footsteps. Retired now, I continue to teach an evening dance class. I love to read, I enjoy photography, as well as socialising with friends. I also love to holiday in exotic places.


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