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Monday, November 25, 2019

Extra Book - Shadows of The Workhouse

Book: Shadows Of The Workhouse
Author: Jennifer Worth
Pages: 294

This is my 146th read for the year.

This is the second book in the Call The Midwife series that I bought.  I love the Call the Midwife books, and saw she wrote four books total, so I got them all.

This one is about the Workhouses that were in all over England in the 19th century.  Jenny - the author - recalls the people she spoke to who shared their stories of what it was like to grow up or work in these places.  From Jane - the quiet woman who works at Nonnartus house that can never make decisions.  To Frank - her brother who rescued her from the workhouse once he had enough money to support her.  Intermingeled in here is the story of Sister Monica Joan and her court trail when she is accused of stealing jewels.  And also Mr. Collett who is a patient of Jenny's that she grows to admire as she cares for him.  (all of these stories were a part of the TV series).

This book wasn't as good as the first, but I think it is becuase I just wasn't as interested in these stories as I was the midwife ones.  It was still wonderfully written, and I did learn quite a bit about the workhouse life while reading this book.  But it won't be my favorite among the pile.

Stars: 3 1/2

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