Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety

by Julie Shaw

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LoveReading View on Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety

‘Blood Ties’ is a bittersweet, unmistakably romantic tale set in Bradford in the 1960’s. This is a very different offering to the first three in ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series, namely that the Hudson’s do not make an appearance (though they are mentioned). The same gritty tone and background is evident, however the scurry of criminal feet remains at a distance, this is set around a working family, who run a pub. If you’ve read the first three in the series and loved to hate, or be astounded by certain members of the Hudson family, then you are in luck, as Irene, Kathleen’s step-mother is all too easy to dislike. Kathleen herself is 16, and this is her tale, love is just around the corner, but can love conquer all? The story just zips along, and with occasional smacks of grim reality, this is another readable (but not quite as feisty tale) from Julie Shaw. ~ Liz Robinson

Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:
1. Our Vinnie
2. My Uncle Charlie
3. My Mam Shirley
4. Blood Ties
5. Bad Blood
6. Blood Sisters

Liz Robinson

Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety Synopsis

Family is not always a place of safety. Kathleen was just eight years old when her mother was tragically killed in a car accident. And when her father remarries it is to the bitter and resentful Irene who has two children of her own and no space in her heart for another. Irene goes out of her way to make Kathleen's life as miserable as possible and will stop at nothing to get her out of their lives...When Kathleen is sixteen, a shocking incident rocks the family, and life takes a darker turn. Among this darkness, Kathleen finds a glimmer of hope in an older man, but Irene is ruthless in her mission to destroy her. Can Kathleen find happiness or is she destined for tragedy?

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Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Melanie Kane - 'A well written novel with so much detail that I could see this era in my mind’s eye.'
  • Margaret Quirke - 'An enjoyable read for anyone interested in family chronicles. The book covers grief; jealousy; love; grief; politics within families and sibling rivalry.'
  • Dana Captainino - 'Blood Ties is a very good read and its gritty realism keeps your attention throughout.'
  • Anne Rhodes - 'Each person comes alive on the page as you read – and you won't want to put this book down!'
  • Glenda Worth - 'I really enjoyed it. Easy to read with a good storyline I will now be looking for the other books in the Hudson series.'
  • Celia Cohen - 'A well written story.'
  • Pauline Braisher - 'Having grown up in Bradford during the 1960s, I enjoyed the references to the city but otherwise I was disappointed with this book.'
  • Cathy Small - 'You can't choose your family and it doesn't appear you can choose your stepfamily.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is just as gripping as the first three books, and I hope there will be more.  The great thing is you can read them in any order as each book is a story of its own.'
  • Nicola Edwards - 'A gritty, hard-hitting novel from the 1960s that encapsulates that time in history combined with beautiful writing about the relationships that exist among family members, particularly the bond between father and daughter.'
  • Carol Peace - 'Julie Shaw takes you back to the 60's, her writing is so clear you can easily imagine the characters and situations. A bit of nostalgia and a really good read.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'This family is explosive and I have to say the language makes no bones about it so any one a bit shy about bad language...well maybe this book isn't for you.'
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'Whilst this tale lacks the physical violence and brutal language that we saw in Our Vinnie, it is just as powerful in its depiction of the harsh treatment meted out to our heroine, Kathleen.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'I haven’t read any other books by Julie Shaw and am now interested enough to hunt them out.'
  • Jane Brown - 'Another great title from Julie Shaw and the notorious Hudson family. West Yorkshire and grittiness.'
  • Gill Dally-Fitzsimons - 'The story of Kathleen and her journey to find happiness.  A good read! ...If you are a fan of Martine Cole, you would probably enjoy this book.'

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ISBN: 9780008142919
Publication date: 11/02/2016
Publisher: Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008142919
Publication date: 11th February 2016
Author: Julie Shaw
Publisher: Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: True stories,

About Julie Shaw

My name is Julie Shaw, and my father, Keith, is the only surviving member of the 13 Hudson siblings, born to Annie and Reggie Hudson on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford. We were and are a very close family, even though there were so many of us, and those of us who are left always will be. I wanted to write these stories as a tribute to my parents and family. The stories are all based on the truth but, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’ve had to disguise some identities and facts to ...

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