After reading Call the Midwife and aboslutely LOVING it, I couldn't wait to get hold of this book. THe book is split into three segments, each telling three different stories. I was really interested in the workhouse aspect, and found the first segment enthralling and couldn't stop reading. However, the following two segments didn't relaly ahve much to do with workhouses and, whilst they were interesting in their own ways, they weren't as gripping as the first segment and in a way felt like they had been shoved in to make up the pages. I was left feeling disappointed after finishing this book, as it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.