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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
  

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts

Part of the The Factory Girls Series
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A story of real hardship and friendship in East London in the years leading up to World War I, set mostly around a custard powder factory and following the plight of Nellie. It is one of those wonderful tales of grind and hard work where family means everything. Nellie has three jobs so she can keep her young siblings out of the workhouse. There are two young men in her life, we know where her choice should lie but such a period is hard on everyone. Then war breaks out. This is one of the best in this saga area.

If you like Mary Gibson you might also like to read books by Maureen Lee, Elizabeth Waite and Margaret Dickinson.

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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson

Heartwarming and gritty, the story of a factory girl in Bermondsey through World War 1. They call them custard tarts - the girls who work at the Pearce Duff custard and jelly factory. But now the custard tarts are up in arms, striking for better conditions. Among them is Nellie Clark, trying to hold her family together after the death of her mother. She has the most desperate struggle to make ends meet, often going hungry to feed her little brothers. Two men vie for Nellie's love. One is flamboyant, confident and a chancer. The other is steady, truthful and loyal. But the choice is not as easy as it might seem. Looming over them all - over Bermondsey, over the factory, over the custard tarts and their lives and loves - is the shadow of the First World War. And that will change everything and everyone.

Reviews

'Mary Gibson is going to go a long way ... a really good read'
Dee Williams

'A cracking tale full of warmth and history'
Bella magazine

About the Author

Mary Gibson

Mary Gibson was born and brought up in Bermondsey, where both her grandmother and great aunt worked at Pearce Duff's factory.

She is the toast of her classmates at the Adult Education College Bexley's creative writing group after securing a three-book deal with a London publisher.Mary, 59, from Welling, isn't one to blow her own trumpet, but does confess that she hoped this book might finally succeed after failing to find a publisher for her first novel.

(source:www.bexley.gov.uk)

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Book Info

Publication date

8th May 2014

Author

Mary Gibson

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Author's Website

www.katehordern.co.uk/conte...

Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Sagas and Romance
Historical Fiction
World War One Literature
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ISBN

9781781855768

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