This is the first book I've ever read by Ronald and wow what a book it was! I loved it from start to finish and never put it down.
I've not read much historical fiction for a while and this was a breath of fresh air from what I'm use to, it tells you how it was and what women really had to put up with from their husbands, they were expected to churn out babies whilst tied to the kitchen sink and if they couldn't do that then they would suffer the consequences because they weren't much use for anything else as far as many were conserved, even if they could sometimes they would still suffer from their husbands hands. It was a man's world and his word was final, both children and women were ruled by fists of steel. Abuse either physical or mental was accepted and nothing was done because up until the early 90's it was classed as domestic violence that the police wouldn't get involved in sadly. This book tells how it is for people living in the 40's.
The main character Sarah is really strong and it shows how she grows with the help of one man that treats her as an equal, Jon is a great character that you can't help but like, he takes Sarah under his wing and teaches her how women should be treated. She'd thought that women didn't have a say in life but he treats her in a way she's never been treated.
I cried a few times throughout the book both for Sarah and the other ladies in it, then just because of the storyline itself, it is hard not to be moved by it.
The storyline is so real you feel as if you know them and could be living alongside them, the description of everything is so precise you can imagine it all and this adds to the reading of the book, page after page I was drawn in and had to read it through to the end wanting to know what happened. I cried with Sarah and for her at times.
Ronald has a brilliant imagination which shines throughout this book and he goes into so much detail with everything making the characters stand out all the more.
It is a brilliant book which is erotic but not overly as some can be, I wouldn't say there was to much or that there was no need, it was in to show you how the characters grew and how it empowered them through it all. It was also quite violent at times but again if it wasn't in the book wouldn't be as believable, the story is about abused women who grow over time so without it the book wouldn't make much sense. I have been abused in a previous marriage and what he wrote was very true and well written and this is how I know that the police turned a blind eye up until the 90's maybe even later and sadly a lot would say they deserved it or had brought it on themselves!
I thought that the characters were brilliant all the way through and even though Sarah and Jon are the main ones there are quite a few that have a big part in it which helps you to draw a mental picture of what people look and sound like, he even writes in such a way as books would have been written years ago and how they would speak, you felt as if you were in that era in every way.
It was like stepping back in time and he captured it brilliantly. This may put some off but to me it made it all the more appealing and realistic. There was nothing about this book that I didn't like and at the end I read part 2 straight away making for very late night or rather early morning, and I can't wait to read Jon's story next to find out about him a bit more.
If definitely recommend this book, it's one that I will read again at least once and probably after I read Jon's story.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)