The Girl From the Workhouse
Even in the darkest of times, she never gave up hope
Staffordshire, 1911. Ginnie Jones’s childhood is spent in the shadow of the famous Potteries, living with her mother, father and older sister Mabel. But with Father’s eyesight failing, money is in short supply, and too often the family find their bellies aching with hunger. With no hope in sight, Ginnie is sent to Had...more
Ginnie and her older sister Mabel are doing everything that they can to help out at home and bring in money, ever since their Father lost his vision and no longer able to do his job.
But after much deliberation Ginnie and her parents have no choice but to give in to their debts and ask if they can live and work in Haddon Workhouse.
Ginnie’s sister, Mabel, has gone to stay with Aunty Nellie.
Aunty Nellie ...more
Ginnie finds herself split up from her family, living in a workhouse. I couldn’t think of anything worse but Ginnie seems to make the most of the bad hand that life deals her. Her life is certainly far from easy but certain characters within the home, make lif ...more
This story is heartwarming and emotional. I absolutely love the story line. The characters are well rounded. Ginnie is especially a character that I felt close to.
Overall, The Girl from the Workhouse is a great stor ...more
I thought that this was an excellent story!
I found that it was very well written and has some really developed characters.
It was set at a great pace for the story itself and the author has a brilliant writing style that worked really well with this story, her attention to detail was great and she really brought the past back to life for me.
It was a really enjoyable historical saga and it fit right into the non-fiction books I have been reading at the mome ...more
This story focuses on a young girl, Ginnie Jones who at age eleven has to leave her home and all she’s known to enter into Haddon Workhouse in the year 1911 with her parents. The story is written into ...more
Set in the busy pottery town of Burslem in Stafford ...more
Imagine you’re a young girl aged eleven, Ginnie Jones by name. It’s 1911 in the Staffordshire Potteries. Your father works hard in Chamberlain’s pottery, but life is okay. You live in a tiny terraced house with your parents and your big sister Mabel. And today is your birthday. Even better, though you can’t read, you’re going to be awarded a book prize at Sunday School.
Now imagine all that taken away, suddenly and brutally. Father g ...more
We follow Ginnie and as I started reading the book I was remi ...more
Good historical family sagas require believable and complex characters who are easy to empathise. Detailed historical knowledge of the place and time, which filters into the story, making it authentic, and allowing the reader to share the sights, smells and sounds of the era. Finally, angst and hardship that allows the protagonist's character to develop positively, giving hope that they will find a way out of their plight. 'The Girl From the Workhouse', encompasses all of the above and is a hear ...more
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Ginnie Jones is born into poverty; when her father loses his job things get much worse and she, along with her parents, enter the workhouse. Despite Ginnie's fears, she does make friends there, but when fate steps in to rob her of their precious friendships, Ginnie has to depend on herself to survive. When she leaves the workhouse, life is still a struggle . . .
This is an excellent read ...more
After three years Ginny is collected from the workhouse by her sister Mabel who is now married and expecting her first child. Ginny soon finds out ...more
Ginnie has spent most of her childhood living with her parents and sister fairly reasonably. When her father's eyesight deteriorates he loses his job and the family struggles so much without the income that the entire family (other than Ginnie's sister) are moved into the wo ...more
Ginny's life in the workhouse is hard and she is lonely until she makes friends with Sam.
When she leaves the workhouse 3 years later she goes to live with her now-married sister who needs extra mone ...more
I am looking forward to books by Lynn Johnson in the future and cant wait to read them!
Thank you Hera Books, Netgalley, and Lynn Johnson for picking me to write my review. ...more
The Girl From The Workhouse the first part takes you through Ginnie’s childhood living in the workhouse from 1911 to 1914 and then it also progresses with Ginnie leaving the workhouse and living with her sister and brother in law from 1914 to 1919.
This is a very fantastic and moving read that will at times bring tears to your eyes, it captivated my attention the whole way through.
I loved learnin ...more
Ginnie has initially a happy childhood. At home they don’t have much, but there is love and happiness. But when her father starts losing his eyesight, Ginnie finds herself in Haddon Workhouse. A bond is made with Clara and Sam, and soon they are best of friends. But her newfound happiness is short-lived, as tragedy strikes again.
When her estranged sister asks for her help after 3 years, she moves from Haddon and works at the Potteries. Even with her new life, she often ...more