A Sister's Struggle: A gripping 1930s saga of love, loss and friendship
Ruby is always hungry, but she will go without if it means her young brothers can eat. 1930s Bermondsey might be called the larder of London, with its pie, pickle and jam factories, but for the poor working classes, starvation is often only a heartbeat away.
When Ruby's neighbour suggests she ought to go to the Methodist Mission for free food, Ruby knows her...more
"A Sister's Struggle" is an historical fiction romance (?), that's how I bought it, set in London in 1935. It follows the struggles, literally, of Ruby and her family. Her mother died when she was young, and her dad has always been very absent, so she had to raise her two younger brothers by herself.
This is basically the synopsis of this book, so I was a little bit ...more
Ruby's dad sometimes comes home, other times disappears for weeks on end, and with no money in their apartment Ruby tends to scrimp and save to feed her brothers and goes hungry herself.
Then Nancy Ruby's neighbour suggests they go to the mission where they will get a free meal, but Dodge Ruby's father doesn't except charity, but when you have no money and no food, beggars can't be choosers, so Ruby takes ...more
The numerous characters that fill the book are created with such vivid descriptions, breathing life into the s ...more
But A Sister’s Struggle is not set in modern day, this is set in the troubling times between the first and the Second World War when there was a rise in anti-Semitism and specifically the black shirts in the poorer areas of London. When a woman's reputation could be destroyed with no evidenc ...more
Ruby's dad does not want charity yet Ruby is the stronger person looking for help at a mission which feeds her family.
I have not reviewed books by Mary Gibson before but yes I have reviewed many historical fiction books. Mary Gibson does not make us wonder what will happen, she launche ...more
Ruby turns to the Methodist church as a way of feeding her brothers and finds love, friends and belonging there.