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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  19 reviews
There's no slavery in the Yorkshire Dales, not in 1887, not ever. But loving families use artful schemes to enslave the innocent. Twenty nine year-old Tizzie is such an innocent. She has worked herself down to skin and bones as a dairymaid on the farm of her dear brother, Jack, his Scottish wife, Maggie, their three boys and one girl, Agnes. Expert at many things, though n ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 12th 2014 by pdr lindsay Writer's Choice (first published December 9th 2013)
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P.D.R. Lindsay
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am delighted to show off reviews from the Review blog by Louise Rule and A.K. Bell of the Historical novel Society. They loved Tizzie too!

Tizzie by P.D.R. Lindsay
Review by Louise E. Rule.

I have a great interest in book covers, and what goes into the making of a great cover. The cover design for Tizzie, by Dawn Keur, gives abstract clues about what lies within, and I like that conundrum. For example, the countryside to the left, the quintessential Yorkshi
Kathleen Dixon
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My original plan was to give this 4 stars - I was thinking to myself (now that's a strange phrase, isn't it? After all, who else would I be thinking to???) that I really, really liked it, probably 4 1/2 stars worth, but that I couldn't say "it's amazing" because I don't think it's a book that's going to "stay with me a long time / forever". However, once I started writing this review (and this part is a prequel) I had to look for phrases that I wanted to quote and that took me forever because th ...more
Christine Gardner
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a very good book. I was provided this book from good reads first reads and was going to put this one off a little while because it is not my typical genre of reading. I am so glad I didn't wait.

The book takes place in the 1880's and it was really frustrating to experience how little say & respect women actually had at that time in our history.

Tizzie was a hard working dairy maid who worked and lived on her brother's farm and did everything for her family. She spent years doing everything th
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is late 1880s in Yorkshire, and at 29 years of age Tizzie was already considered an old maid. Thinking her one chance of love and marriage had passed her by, she settles into a life of hard work and drudgery as dairymaid on the farm of her brother Jack, his wife Maggie, their three boys and one daughter, Agnes. Tizzie is to teach Agnes the skills of dairymaid to one day become her successor, but Tizzie thinks Agnes is a bright girl deserving of an education and better life. In doing so, Tizzi ...more
Billy Buttons
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title Tizzie
Author: P D R Lindsay
Star Rating: 5 stars
Number of Readers: 37
Readers’ Comments
‘A very sad story in many ways but very well put together. Tizzie is a rounded character as is the brother and his wife. The language is excellent throughout the story with a strong 1800s feel to it. The author works particularly well with setting – important for any historical novel. The pacing is slow in parts but, other than that, a very enjoyable, although a little depressing, read.’ Female reader, age
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
'Tizzie' by P.D.R. Lindsay

A well researched historical fiction novel.

The reader becomes part of Tizzie's world, her social standing and that of women during the period, the seasonal routines of farming and the community in which Tizzie lives. I particularly enjoyed the language and imagery used by the author. There are some truly enlightened phrases, descriptions and expressions all fitting the pastoral scenes.

The ending took me by surprise!
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a sad story about a kind woman, Tizzie, who does all she can to make sure her niece Agnes has the opportunities that were denied her. I liked the strength in Tizzie's character and learning about life as an English dairymaid in 1887.
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My review based solely on the sample: not literary enough.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nz-authors
It took me a long time to get into and then finish this book as other things in my life kept getting in the way. Because of that I initially struggled with the Yorkshire dialect in the narrative. I expected it in the dialogue, but somehow thought the narrative would be the author's voice. Once I had the time to read more than two pages at a time, I realised the author had written the story from the POV of a Yorkshire person, complete with their idioms, and from then on the natural rhythms entere ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tizzie was one of those reads that you get emotionally involved in - a sure sign that it is a 5 star read. The characters were varied and well described. The setting was delicious. The history of farming in the Yorkshire Dales was fascinating and saddening. I fell in love with Tizzie and Agnes, and felt hatred towards Maggie and Mike. The way Tizzie cared for her dairy cows and the description of milking and cheese making makes me want to buy a house cow and give cheese making a go!
If you are a
Lucy Bradley
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very impressive and thoroughly enjoyable book. From the dialects to the descriptions of cheese making and milking it was clear that the author had dedicated a lot of time into researching this book and it was well worth it, as it made the book feel that much more authentic. As with many other reviewers, I also felt that the author did an excellent job of describing the scenery and the char
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I happened to see a review of this book by chance about 6 months ago and I was intrigued by what I read. Although it took me awhile to pick up the book and read it, I am so glad that I did.
Tizzie is the heart-wrenching story of a 29 year-old milkmaid who lived and served her brother's family in the late 1800's in the Yorkshire Dells. And serve them she did; she is actually enslaved by them. Her life is not her own. From the moment she awakens, she toils on their farm without pay, has communicati
Judy Munoz
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy of this book from the author through Voracious Readers. I have to say right off the top that I don’t read a lot of serious historical fiction, so I was somewhat out of my element reading this book. However, having said that, I did enjoy the story. The language (old English dialect) was off-putting at first, but once I got used to it, it did add authenticity to the story. The story was well-told and definitely interesting from an historical perspective. It painted a vivid ...more
Vicky Quenault
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book.
It took a while to get into, and the speech patterns were a little off putting at first, but once the story caught me I couldn’t put it down.
The characters were very well rounded and came across as extremely real. It’s written in such a way that you can almost see the village green and smell the dairy shed. It doesn’t bore you with too much description, instead giving you just enough to let your imagination flesh out the details itself.
I received a complimentary copy
Deanna Walker
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
It was really good book to read...

I love how Tizzie and her niece Agnes had a special relationship together and they're bonded very well...I don't think that Tizzie didn't get along with her nephews but trying to bond them so she only had Agnes on her side since her brothers were mean to her and bully her as well too..

Looking forward to see more this author soon... I only had 62 pages left and that was it!
Tizzie lives is harsh life and strives to make the life of Agnes better than her own .
I really enjoyed reading the book which colourfully depicts life of women in the 1800s .
Though these times are past, unfortunately women still suffer in our world today of similar lives and it is good to be reminded of that fact.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the authour and Voracious Readers Only for this complimentary copy.

What a fantastic read! Cinderella for grown ups.
Thelma Robinson
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book.

Couldn't put this book down once I'd started it. The ending wasn't what I was expecting. Definitely worth reading it would be great if there was a sequel.
Cindy Woods
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a sensational book! A story that needed to be told for all our women forebearers who never had a life if their own. This woman exemplifies the spirit that cannot be killed.
This is a difficult book to absorb as women in our generation have choices, still limited, but choices all the same. In this book's setting, late 1800's, a naive woman of little education and secluded life had miniscule choices and no support. A veritable slave to her unloving family.
Tizzie has determined that her
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p.d.r. lindsay wrote her first 'novel' aged seven, an attempt to persuade her parents to buy her a pony. It didn't work, but she'd discovered that writing and reading were an escape from her tormenting brother and devious sister. She could create people who loved her and wonderful imaginative places to escape to. Poetry became her first love, then plays and finally stories from her adult imaginati ...more

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