Review: ‘The Lost Daughter’, by Sylvia Broady

Hull, 1930. A terrified woman runs through the dark, rain-lashed streets pursued by a man, desperate to reach the sanctuary of the local police station. Alice Goddard runs with one thing in her mind: her daughter. In her panic she is hit by a car at speed and rushed to hospital. When she awakes, she has no memory of who she is, but at night she dreams of being hunted by a man, and of a little girl.

As the weeks pass and her memories gradually resurface, Alice anxiously searches for her daughter, but no one is forthcoming about the girl’s whereabouts – even her own mother is evasive. Penniless and homeless, Alice must begin again and rebuild her life, never giving up hope that one day she will be reunited with her lost daughter

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My Review

Thanks to Rachel for arranging the blog tour and to Sylvia for providing me with a copy of this book.

This book is not what you’d call my usual genre, but it’s sort of local, set across the Humber in Hull and written by a Hull native, and I like to support local authors, Even the ones from Hull.

1930, Hull. Alice escapes her brutal husband only to be hospitalised. When she comes too several weeks later she has no idea who she is, By chance a neighbour visits another patient and recognises her. Meanwhile, said brutal husband saw the accident, returned home and deposited their daughter, Daisy, with Alice’s mother, Aggie, claiming Alice had run off with a fancy man. Overwhelmed by poverty, four children still at home, and two jobs, Aggie gives Daisy to one of her employers, to be adopted by a childless middle-class couple.

Thus starts Alice’s quest for the return of her daughter, and a new life.

As I said, not my usual genre, but I found myself engrossed in the story. I’ve got a lot of reviews on so I’m reading two or three at once and swapping between. This one has the great honour of being the book I read in the loo. My backside and legs went numb on several occasions, so gripped was I by the tale. Alice’s desperation, determination to better herself, the conflict of her new love and needing a divorce, training to be a nurse, the looming war (I’ll stop their, don’t want to give too much away)…It was all rather good.

The descriptions of life for working class people, the attitudes of the time to women who left their husbands or ‘abandoned’ their children, all felt so realistic, I wanted to shake a few people for being ignorant sods.

It’s possible I got immersed a little too much into the story.

So, if you like immersive tales of working class life, I highly recommend this novel.

Author Bio – Sylvia Broady was born in Kingston upon Hull and has lived in the area all her life, though she loves to travel the world. It wasn’t until she started to frequent her local library , after World War 2, that her relationship with literature truly began and her memories of war influence her writing, as does her home town.  A member of the: RNA, HNS, S of A and Beverley Writers. She has had a varied career in childcare, the NHS and East Yorkshire Council Library Services, but is now a full-time writer. Plus volunteering as a Welcomer at Beverley Minster to visitors from around the world, and raising money for local charities by singing in the choir of the Beverley Singers, both bringing colour and enrichment to her imagination and to her passion for writing.

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