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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts (The Factory Girls) by [Gibson, Mary]
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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, London - the setting for her first two novels, CUSTARD TARTS AND BROKEN HEARTS and JAM & ROSES. Visit her website at www.marygibsonauthor.co.uk


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1439 KB
  • Print Length: 416 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,478 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Friendships, plenty of love, hard work, family, guilt, loyalty and so much more it is all here in this story.

Life was hard in those days during world war one. The author portrays a realistic view of the struggles so many had.

Nellie has so much to contend with and her life gets harder when, already motherless, she loses her father and becomes the sole breadwinner for her family at sixteen. How she copes is nothing short of miraculous.

Hardships in the factories also comes into play and the total lack of safety and the rights of the woman working in them.

This is a gritty story but with heart warming sides also. Great characters and I loved the romance flowing throughout between Sam and Nellie.
Well worth reading.
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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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This book had me hooked from beginning to end. The Bermondsey setting was brilliant, and so interesting to read about how life would've been in that era. Only gave it 4 stars as, on occasion, I found some of the language a little condescending and littered with a few too many exclamation marks. But overall I loved it and would definitely recommend. It was also longer than I expected (always hard to tell the size of a book on Kindle) which also made it good value. Thanks!
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This is the first Mary Gibson book I've read and it won't be the last. Based on family history, this novel leads you through the beginnings of women's rights. The demand for fair pay (it could be argued this is still going on, but not to the same extent) and equality in the workplace.

A book I'd recommend to anyone and brilliant conversation starter for a book club.
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This was a book choice made at random but backed by an interest in real lives in historical backdrops. While this book was fictional, it has afforded me a pleasurable read. The voice has a simple tone, much as the heroine Nellie would have had. The major characters are well-rounded; their circumstances are well-illustrated (with words). It was worth reading on to the story's conclusion.
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As I am a Bermondsey girl myself born in the fifties just around the corner to Pearce and Duffs I can relate to this wonderful storie,hearing of all the wonderful people that made Bermondsey as it was.These people will always live on as long as some one like Mary is willing write about a great neighbourhood that has sadly diminished these wonderful people gone forever never to be replaced .Well done Mary have you anymore novels I can read Jean Deacon (Kelly) From Dockhead
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A heartwarming story, kept m enthralled from start to finish I thought we had it hard having lived through the second world war but it wasn't half as bad as they had it inthe first world war. I'm glad I read it thanks.
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