Saturday 6 June 2015

No Place For A Lady by Gill Paul Blog Tour

1854. Britain is fighting a gruesome war.
There has been no news of Lucy Gray since she eloped with handsome and impetuous Captain Charlie Harvington and embarked with him to the Crimea.
Dorothea Gray will risk anything to heal the rift with her little sister and bring her home safe. She determines to join Florence Nightingale and the other courageous women travelling to the battlefield hospitals as nurses.
She will not rest until she finds her sister.
Lucy, however, is on a very different journey, a journey through tragedy, trauma and true love.
But neither sister is prepared for the challenges they will face, the passion they will each taste and the simple fact that they might never see one another again …
A spellbinding and exquisite tale of courage, adventure and love. Prepare to be swept of your feet!

I do love a bit of history and promised myself I would read more historical novels this year, so when I was asked to review this book I jumped at the chance!

It is about two sisters Dorothea and Lucy and how their lives change with the outbreak of war. It is set in 1800's during the Crimea war and Lucy marries a soldier at only 18 and travels with him to Turkey (which would be unthinkable nowadays!). Lucy has a falling out with her Sister Dorothea over her marrying young and they part on bad terms. 

Lucy marries Charlie and you just know that he isn't all he seems. She is very immature and naive and I felt really sorry for her at first, but as the book goes on her personality seems to change in her surroundings, which the author does brilliantly.

Dorothea is a typical "old maid" and mothers Lucy so much to the point that Lucy rebels and marries in spite of Dorothea's worries. I wasn't sure of Dorothea at first but she is one character that I really changed my opinion of by the end of the book and she was my favourite by the end! 

I would really like to read more about these characters and I must admit the ending wasn't what I was expecting, which makes me think there could be more?? 

Thank you to Avon Books UK for letting me be a part of this blog tour. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and love reading war time sagas and this one was brilliantly written, with great descriptions about places and events, which really did make me realise how awful the conditions must have been back then. 

I really need to read more of Gill Paul's books as I have not read any of her previous novels. Amazon here I come!!!


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