Another compelling historical novel from the fantastic pen of Stacey Halls! I was so excited to be given access to an advanced reading copy of Mrs England, having loved both of her previous books; The Familiars and The Foundling.
Added to this, I was lucky enough to share the excitement of Stacey’s new book with my fellow buddy readers – Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger and my Mum. We really enjoyed reading this one together. It was super fast to get going and we were asking questions right from the first chapter. Feverish reading and plenty of discussions about unfolding events made it a wonderful book to share. We particularly enjoyed delving into some further fascinating research about Norland College and its current opportunities as well as its history – what an amazing place!
In Mrs England we follow newly qualified Norland Nurse Ruby (A.K.A Nurse May) as she is relocated to a wealthy family in the North of England. Used to the bustle of London, the large house in the Yorkshire countryside is a remote one – but it seems not quite remote enough to outrun her past.
As Ruby begins to suspect all is not congenial felicity between Mr and Mrs England, and unaccountable events continue to take place – secrets hiding in every corner – she fears the past is about to repeat itself…
Simmering with slow burning tension Mrs England is a true page turner that explores the battle for power and control between the sexes, alongside dark secrets that can rip a life apart. The atmospheric backdrop of Edwardian life is brought vividly to life by Halls skilful portrayal of daily living and the real people who inhabited the past.
Timeless and enthralling – a book that will stay with you long after you have read the last page.
Thank you to Net Galley, Bonnier Books and author Stacey Halls for my ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. Mrs England is published in the UK today.
You can read my review of The Foundling here…
You can read my review of The Familiars here…