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" Hi, I live in the north of England, with my husband, two dogs,cat and two horses. My kids are grown and flown. I enjoy the telling of a story and love researching for background. I used to write for my kids when they were small. I enjoy the nascent of a story when it flits around your head like mosquitoes on the scent of bare flesh. I sent my manuscript to publishers but they said....'not fashionable' so I thought maybe as I have never been into fashion, I would go for self publishing; personally I think if classics can still sell and be enjoyed, perhaps readers of historical novels might enjoy mine.
on Sep. 10, 2012 :
What an addictive read. I just had to find out what happened next and found this book hard to put down.
From a privileged life of a pastors daughter, to the slums of Liverpool, and the depth of degradation. To be rescued by a dashing relative, with connections to a life of piracy. Wrongly accused and shipped to the other side of the world. Followed by the meanest of men and subjected to abuse. To eventually make a respectable name in a new colony, only to return to England to the ultimate irony.
Does this book describe the power of a woman to overcome hardship or does it describe just how a different attitude to life can create a different outcome.
There are lots of twists and turns I wanted this book to follow, but it would have made it a very long saga. Perhaps the author is thinking of expanding some of those twists and turns and significant characters into separate books, there is definitely enough fodder in this book to inspire further novels
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2012 :
** spoiler alert ** When I first agreed to review Factory Bride, I was under the impression based on the description of 'adult themes' that like most, this book was going to be another steamy historical romance. I was wrong.
A few excerpts from my blog review.
"I have read alot of emotional works of fiction, and by far Elizabeth's story is one of the saddest I have read in recent memory. She struggles to move on with her life after an indiscretion has left her unwed, pregnant and in search of her uncle who 'may' be able to help her after she has become an outcast. (An impulsive move to say the least) She's a naive, unworldly, frightened and desperate girl who just ends up in one awful situation after another. Ever the dreamer, Elizabeth proves strong in the face of adversity and is determined to make her life better, no matter what it takes. Even if that means taking to the streets as a 'Lady Of The Night'.
Factory Bride tackles some of the most disturbing and emotionally draining subject matter you can read. (abuse, rape, molestation) The sad truth that hangs over your head as you read, is knowing these circumstances are just as rampant today as was back then. There are deplorable people out there.That particular knowledge makes the book that much more tragic.The author has set out to create awareness and discussions through Elizabeth's tale."
Factory Bride has enormous potential.
I did have a few key issues that I felt could raise this book (IMO) from a 3.5 star (I liked it!) to a 4-5 (I loved it!) star rating.
**I wish the ending was slightly different. I did quite enjoy the full circle ending and confrontation with her former lover, however I didn't want it to be 'The End'. I wanted some more 'happiness' just to balance out the story a bit. Perhaps a Epilogue where in 10 years she and Conner Fitzgerald are married with more children.
**The novel was heavy on the foreshadowing. While I don't mind it at the start of a novel, there were a few instances along the way where I didn't feel it was needed. Examples are: when suddenly the story fast forwards and she is a prostitute and than it flashes back to how. I would have much preferred the tale to continue fluidly without the back and forth, forth and back....
**I didn't like when the book jumped and all of the sudden Elizabeth and Conner are in a romantic relationship. You see it coming in the story, but when it jumped forward and boom they were together I felt a bit cheated.
**I also wouldn't of minded some headings about the date and location where the story jumped around.
The good news is that personally for me, it didn't ruin the story for me or irritate me to the point of setting the book down. I wanted to find out what happens to Elizabeth and the story kept me hooked. I just wanted to see her finally catch a break.
I think the author did a great job capturing what life would have been like back than for a girl in Elizabeth's position, and captured her attitude and surroundings well. Like I said, with some tweaks, this book could go far!
If you are expecting some fluffy romantic read, than you should know this story is not a romance in any way, it is raw and it is gritty.
For more of my blog review, please see my blog at http://reeniediva.blogspot.ca/2012/08/factory-bride-by-elayne-chantrell.html
(reviewed within a month of purchase)