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The Girl From Old Nichol

(Gladys #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  16 reviews
This is the Advance Reader Copy edition. The final published edition can be found here

Born into extreme poverty in the London slums, young Gladys Tunner strives to survive her circumstances, including her alcoholic parents. Desperation and dreams for a better life are constant. Her childhood best friend and protector, Toughie, looks after her until she’s forced to escape i
Paperback, ARC edition, 368 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Amberjack Publishing
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**ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**


This is a story about survival. There is some romance but it doesn't play a big role in this book. It is about a young girl who everybody thought wouldn't make it. She was born to alcoholic parents, who forget her more often than they fed her. They live in Old Nichol, one of the worst slum districts in London's East End. which is were the poorest of the poor "live". What they are doing isn't living but surviving each day. Glady
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was a complete fluke that I was lucky enough to come across this ARC on Net Galley, free of charge, and the 1st novel written by Betty Annand from Vancouver, BC, Canada. I had just returned from Vancouver myself so her bio grabbed my interest. She wrote little plays for her local theater, and I had just been to their local Bards on the Beach to see Othello. I was as a result captivated and just had to read this book while also hoping that I'd be accepted as a receiver.

I couldn't put this boo
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I received an ARC of the novel from Amberjack Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

The Girl From Old Nichol is a historical fiction novel by Betty Annand. A girl named Gladys Tunner is born in a placed called Old Nichol AKA the slums of London. Her parents are raging alcoholics so she is forced to care of herself at a very young age. One day, after facing a terrible, disgusting incident as a pre-teen, she understands that she has nothing left for her in Old Nichol. Without a
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway
Having just read another title in the same time period, Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin, I feel shorted by this one.

The characters lacked depth. The situations did not seem realistic. I could not muster up sympathy for Gladys even though she was being raised in a slum by alcoholic parents. I just kept thinking 'Really?' and that was distracting. So, no, I did not root for Gladys as the back cover encourages me too. Instead, I breathed a sigh of relief when the book started coming to an end.

The desc
Bonnye Reed
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
GNab I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Betty Annand, and Amberjack Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your work with me.

This is an excellent historical novel, much deeper in detail and depth of story than generally found. The protagonists are well rounded and likable, lots of details of living conditions both good and bad, and the tale holds true to the times. The story is left in the air - I hope this is indicative of a sequel
Deborah Crain
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book. I was intrigued at the beginning with the descriptions of life in the slums. Gladys, Tonnie and a cast of colorful characters held my attention.
When Gladys left Old Nichol and moved to Dover, her life changed and so did the book. She works in the tavern, seeming to life when she becomes the barmaid and a singer. She holds a terrible secret, even though she tries to help others from Old Nichol. Gladys meets Millie and Tom, marries him and leaves the tavern for
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This engaging tale was an easy, fast and enjoyable read. I admired the gumption and determination of the main character Gladys. This plucky and resilient woman won my heart! Looking forward to the “next chapter”...
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book is probably really a 3.5 stars, mostly because it was very abrupt ending that I thought felt rushed. But overall enjoyed the plot and characters
Karen Xylinas
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book and had the wonderful pleasure of meeting the author in person. Betty’s style of writing truly brought me into the story, connected me to the characters and made me laugh and cry.
Heather Rapin
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to put down. I got swept up in following Gladys' life, beginning in horrendous conditions in Old Nichol, a slum outside of London. Her journey to Dover and her experiences with a myriad of characters offered me a glimpse of a world embroiled in class distinction. I loved the blend of rich historical facts with engrossing fiction. I was immersed into a world of the Industrial Revolution when new inventions that are important to us today were born. I loved visiting the World Exh ...more
Mary Lou
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The beginning was difficult, but kept going and liked it, the ending seems like a sequal should be coming along .
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I DNF this book at 25%. This book just didn't grab me, and I got bored of the story very quickly. I didn't really care about what happened to the main character after she left London. I found the beginning a bit interesting, to read about how it was growing up and life in the slums in old London. After she left London I didn't care how the story went, and I choose to DNF this book. I don't think this book is a bad book and I haven’t anything negative to say about it, it just wasn’t for me. It mi ...more
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the story of Gladys born to alcoholic parents in the slums of Old Nichol. She had to fend for herself from a very young age. After a horrific incident she is forced into leaving Old Nichol and making a new life for herself. I found the first half of the book very engaging but then it seemed to lose its way. A lot of loose ends and a very abrupt unnecessary event at the end. Book provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Disclosure: ARC received from Edelweiss & publisher in exchange for an honest review. (They may regret this.) Any and all quotes were taken from an advanced edition subject to change in the final edition.
Earl Gyselman
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing story line and got quite involved with the characters. I am looking forward to the next book thats for sure.
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