This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of The Forgotten Family Of Liverpool.
The Forgotten Family Of Liverpool begins in 1951, as Dora Rodgers is coming to terms with the break down of her marriage to Joe. She is getting used to being a single parent to her daughters, Carol and Jacqueline, when she discovers she has been reported to the Welfare Department and Carol is removed from her custody. Dora is determined to bring her daughter back home, but will she succeed?
The Forgotten Family Of Liverpool is not my usual type of book, but having read, reviewed and enjoyed The Lost Daughter Of Liverpool last year, I was eager to find out how Dora's story continued. Once again, I was enchanted by Dora's character and felt very sympathetic towards her plight, willing things to go right for her. At times throughout the novel, it seems as though this will never happen, and the setbacks she suffers seem a little harsh for one character, but I found Dora's story more and more compelling as it progressed.
The sense of time and place in The Forgotten Family Of Liverpool remains as exquisite as it was throughout the prequel. In this instalment, I particularly enjoyed the sense of community in the area where Dora lives, and the strong sense of family values. This heightened my ability to connect with the characters and really care about the outcomes.
In The Forgotten Family Of Liverpool, Howes has really grasped her opportunity to develop existing characters, which is most noticeable in Dora's children, Carol and Jacqueline, and also in the character of Ivy Bennett. I loved reading about the children as they found their own personalities, and built relationships with their family and neighbours. In this instalment, Ivy appears more manipulative, and I found that the sections written from her perspective helped me to better understand her motives. As such, my dislike for Ivy grew, and I was able to sympathise with Dora even more.
I look forward to reading the final part of the trilogy.
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