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Dolly [Paperback]

Jasmine Sparks
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Book Description

19 Jun 2013
Life is never just in your own hands …

When a man and woman come to claim fourteen-year-old Dolly from a London orphanage in 1917, who are they? What impact will the couple have on her life?

This story takes you with Dolly every step of her journey.

If you like intrigue, danger, conflict and romance, then DOLLY is a story for you. Simple survival is never as ordinary as it seems!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 Jun 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1490363106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490363103
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jasmine Sparks is the pen name of the author, who lives in Yorkshire where she grew up steeped in the stories of people around her. Those people's lives have percolated through to her writing, forming characters and capturing a strong sense of place. Dolly is Jasmine's first published novel.

When not expressing creativity through writing, Jasmine makes some pretty appalling attempts at baking - in the hope that one day something might be edible. Don't ever accept an offer of cake!

Possible Future Events in the UK

There is a very strong possibility of Jasmine Sparks being in a tearoom near you at any time in the future - to sample cakes much better than the ones she makes herself!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut novel 29 Nov 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Dolly is the story of a girl who is claimed from an orphanage when she is fourteen years old, by a man and woman who say that they are her aunt and uncle, though she doesn't remember them. We then follow Dolly on her journey through her life.

I liked the setting of the story, I enjoyed that it was set in the early 1900′s in London, and this made the story very interesting for me as I liked the insight Jasmine gave us into what life was like then.

I was really curious about Dolly's aunt and uncle, why were they coming now? How would Dolly get on with them and the change from leaving the orphanage to being with them?

I liked Dolly, I really felt for her where she started off in an orphanage, and that made me warm to her straight away. I enjoyed the way that the story was written as it felt as though I was next to Dolly the whole time, experiencing everything that she went through on her journey at the same time as her. I don't want to spoil anything here, but I really admired Dolly's strength and courage in life and I was really cheering her on throughout.

Dolly is quite a long book at just over 570 pages, but don't let that put you off! In my opinion I like a big story as there's more to savour and to enjoy. Dolly has a bit of everything in, including the effects of war, family relationships, trying times and romance too. Dolly is a great debut novel from Jasmine Sparks and I'm really interested about what she will bring out next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The past needn't dictate the future 7 July 2013
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This book tells the story of Dolly who is claimed from the orphanage at the age of fourteen by an Aunt and Uncle she doesn't remember from her early childhood with her theatrical parents.

Starting in 1917 Wartime London before switching to Bradford this rags to riches story covers many of the relevant issues of the time; the effects of war on those who fought in them as well as those who stayed behind, the rights of women in society as well as at home as well as those issues that we all have today including what makes a successful relationship. Dolly hasn't had the best start in life but she is a determined young woman determined to hide from the past.

I have to confess this isn't a book I would normally choose and I did find the third person narrative a little off-putting at first. The author uses Dolly's monologues to access her thoughts as the main device to put the reader in touch with the protagonistlead. I found the end of the book came quite suddenly with a hook which may mean this author is contemplating a sequel?

There is plenty to enjoy in this huge 575 page book with a great mixture of awful and wonderful characters which would make it perfect holiday reading for a lover of romance.

I received an ARC from the author which gave me the opportunity to read this novel and provide an unbiased review
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 12 July 2014
By tiffany
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well worth a read
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not riveting reading 4 July 2014
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Rather an amateurish tale. I was not convinced by the main character, felt she was unbelievable, sorry. Parts of the plot were unconvincing too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 25 Jun 2014
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Not too bad
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different from my usual books 22 Jun 2014
By lesley
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I really enjoyed this book not an Author I'd tried before but must admit started it and didn't put it down until I finished it Hubby wasn't too pleased as we were on holiday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dolly by jasmine sparks 5 Jun 2014
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the book was very good but for the ending was disappointing as there are a lot of loose ends such as does dolly meet her sister or what happened to the other sisters lives. a second book to tie up loose ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DOLLY 30 May 2014
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I thought that this was a very good read I was reluctant to put it down.Each time that I thought it must be the end the story took another turn and the story extended further. There were so many twists with the story you couldn't get bored.
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