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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts [Kindle Edition]

Mary Gibson
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Book Description

'Mary Gibson is going to go a long way... a really good read' Dee Williams.

Heartwarming and gritty, the story of a factory girl in Bermondsey through World War 1.

They call them custard tarts - the girls who work at the Pearce Duff custard and jelly factory. But now the custard tarts are up in arms, striking for better conditions. Among them is Nellie Clark, trying to hold her family together after the death of her mother. She has the most desperate struggle to make ends meet, often going hungry to feed her little brothers.

Two men vie for Nellie's love. One is flamboyant, confident and a chancer. The other is steady, truthful and loyal. But the choice is not as easy as it might seem.

Looming over them all - over Bermondsey, over the factory, over the custard tarts and their lives and loves - is the shadow of the First World War. And that will change everything and everyone.



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'Mary Gibson is going to go a long way ... a really good read' Dee Williams.

'A cracking tale full of warmth and history' Bella magazine.

'A fabulous, fascinating read' Vanessa Feltz.

'There were parts that tugged unrelentingly at my heartstrings and parts that left me wanting to jump for joy ... A real triumph' Novelicious.

'I simply couldn't put it down' Bookbag.

'A lovely read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, family saga or romance ... if she continues to write to this standard she could well become a household name' Left on the Shelf.

About the Author

Mary Gibson was born and brought up in Bermondsey, where both her grandmother and great aunt worked in the Pearce Duff factory.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 872 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DKMVL1C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (618 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Mary Gibson was born and brought up in Bermondsey, south east London. In 2009, after a thirty year career in publishing, she took the opportunity of early retirement to write a book of her own! The result was her début novel, Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts, which was inspired by the lives and times of her grandparents in World War One Bermondsey. The novel went on to become a top ten Kindle best seller and has been selected as one of twenty titles for World Book Night 2015.
Her second novel, Jam and Roses, about three sisters living in the Dockhead area of Bermondsey during the nineteen-twenties, is now available in e book and hardback, with a paperback edition following in May 2015. Mary now lives in Kent and is currently writing her third novel, which is set in Bermondsey during World War Two. It will be published by Head of Zeus in 2016.

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An very enjoyable read 6 Dec. 2013
By Kimbles
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I picked this book because of its title; the play on the name tarts and it was a great choice. Nellie works at a custard factory (I was smelling vanilla custard for days after) and along with the other women work extreme hours, are paid less than men and carry the guilt of not being there for their children. Ring any bells? Those women's struggles are still with us. This story has far reaching resonance- that anyone can identify with today. But Nellie is a remarkable character, just barely out of childhood herself, taking care of her brothers and sisters, her father too. She is vulnerable, complicated and yet has a steely inner strength. What she risks with the strike made me proud to know her, be in her world for a while. From the moment I met her, I was drawn in and couldn't put the book down. The author writes in a easy languid style like drifting down a smooth flowing and bending river that just takes you with it but don't be fooled, there are some heart stopping moments, crashing over waterfalls, that leave you breathless. Buy it.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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Now let me start by saying that I don't usually read the saga genre. But I picked this up on a personal and very enthusiastic recommendation and I have I was not disappointed. The writing itself is at an amazing standard, smooth and as rich as honey and cream. And unlike meny of its ilk, that admittedly that I olny skim read while waiting for trains over the years, in 'Custard Tarts' it is not only the characters and their personal struggles that are given emotional weight and detail. But the world they live in is a living and breathing thing. The author has clearly research but she treats it with a rare lightness of touch, so that most of the time the reader doesn't even notice it going into their heads, so skillfully deos MARY GIBSON weave her all elements together. If anyone has read this far go and get this book! After all at the kidle price what have you got to lose. It is pennys for sheer quality! I will definitely be keeping a chose eye one Mary Gibson in the future. And buying the hardback for more than a couple of the technophobes in my family when it comes out, I hope it is very soon. A*
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts 6 Dec. 2013
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I highly recommend this book, it is a good read and brings back memories as I was brought up in Bermondsey and know the area very well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating page turner! 8 Dec. 2013
By Joanne
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The Author has set the seen of the factory women's struggle for equality in Bermondsey so well you feel as if you are fighting alongside them. The twists and turns of the friendship, love and family keep you gripped throughout. The Characters are engaging and soon feel like old friends. A real insight into London during the first world war, a great story!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bermondsey Story 8 Dec. 2013
By Dan
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A great story set in the heart of Bermondsey. As I was born and bread in this area of London the Author literally transported me back in time and I was able to visualize Bermondsey how it was back in the early 1900's during WW1. It gives a true sense of how the people lived, worked and the successful story behind the Factory strikes during this era. With great characters and descriptive scene settings this is a must read!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Club 10/10 9 Dec. 2013
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A great debut novel. Well written with fabulous characters and a griping story. A real page turner. All ten members of my book club loved it and that is a very rare thing indeed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 11 Dec. 2013
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A great read delivered to my kindle. I would recommend this author to anyone who likes a spellbinding book. Great
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read 13 April 2014
By Bunny
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An easy and enlightening read for those of use who weren't around at the turn of the 20th century. In the shadow of the coming 1st World War this novel depicts life as it was then when conditions were hard, pay terrible and working hours long. The experiences of her Grandmother and Great Aunt who both worked at the Pearce Duff factory have been used by the Author very effectively.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
What a wonderful first book. Mary Gibson told a very good story that kept me interested from the first page to the last. Can't wait to read another of her books.
Published 10 hours ago by Kathryn Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed.
Would recommend. Like a HAPPY ending. Thank you. And thanks. Can't think of anything else. Good night God bless. I'm tired.
Published 18 hours ago by A.H.MacLennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable easy reading with a few twists and turns.
Published 1 day ago by Marina Cree
2.0 out of 5 stars Not over keen... stayed with it for ...
Not over keen...stayed with it for about 50 pages...but somehow not thrilled with it. Might go back to it later
Sorry.
Published 1 day ago by Smokies Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars First time
It is the first time I have read a Mary Gibson book and I would read her again
Published 2 days ago by Sandra Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok
Published 2 days ago by Big Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed this book. Easy read.
Published 2 days ago by Lilian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read keeps you enthralled right up to last page
Because. It was a good read that's why I give it 5 stars and would recommend it to my friends
Published 3 days ago by Christine Evison
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine book
This is a well written testament to the life and times of the brave people of London, who lived between 1911/1919. Read more
Published 3 days ago by janice white
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good story well written you felt that you were part of the plot the people came to life in this book
Published 4 days ago by david sneddon
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