The Dock Girl’s Shame – A Review

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About the book

A broken heart, a shameful secret…

Wakefield, Yorkshire 1871

Loretta Chambers has spent her life working at her father’s boatyard down at the docks. She’s tried hard to keep the business afloat, but with the railways taking trade away every day, Lorrie fears for the worst.

The arrival of handsome Italian, Matteo Falcone brings a brief glimmer of hope and a yearning inside Lorrie for another life, away from the filthy grime of the dockside. But despite her feelings for Matteo, she could never travel to Italy with him, and leave her father alone.

But one reckless, impetuous moment leaves Lorrie with a secret she will struggle to hide. And when tragedy strikes at the boatyard, Lorrie is left feeling more alone than ever before.

Always a dutiful daughter, Lorrie now carries a shame that could ruin her life forever…

The Dock Girls Shame

What do I think?

Set in 1870s Yorkshire, The Dock Girl’s Shame is the sequel to The Waterfront Lass which I absolutely loved. Once again we are met with the three young women in the early stages of their adult lives – Lottie, Meg and Fliss. This novel focuses attention on Lottie who works in the docks supporting her father in their boat repair business. With some trade switching to railways, money is tight. Much to Lottie’s horror, her father accepts an offer of investment from a shady character but supposed friend, Oswald Lynch.

Lottie keeps up with the account books and runs errands for the business along streets and in areas that are comfortably familiar if you have read the first book in this series. The business very much rests on her and her father’s shoulders, so when an Italian relative turns up unannounced and unwelcome, shifts and cracks start to form. Lottie wants to know more about the secrets of her late mother’s family and her father wishes to keep the past unsaid and tucked securely away. Lottie’s intrigue leads to a blossoming relationship with Matteo, her Italian cousin, and when an accident incapacitates her father for some weeks it is Matteo who Lottie turns to rather than Lynch, the untrustworthy and rather slimy business partner.

I don’t want to give spoilers in my review, but the twists and turns of this book were engaging and once again showed Brear’s flair for storytelling. In my opinion this book could easily be read as a standalone, the detail is carefully laid out and characterisation is consistent which lifts the story beautifully into the reader’s imagination. Being set in the docks on this occasion, I don’t think that it overlaps so much with The Waterfront Lass that it feels like a repetition of a familiar tale either if you are already engaged with life along the River Calder.

I would have loved to have seen this novel given a different title. I do understand why it is called The Dock Girl’s Shame but Lottie is so much more than a dock girl and the sum of her actions alone. That said, I would recommend this book to any lovers of historical fiction. I don’t think that you will be disappointed! I can’t wait to see what comes next for these women.

Where to buy?

You can purchase a physical or e-reader version of The Dock Girl’s Shame at a variety of online shops by following this link.

About the author

AnneMarie Brear author

An award winning and Amazon UK best seller, Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. She has a love of old country houses, travelling, chocolate (except dark chocolate – not a fan), researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.

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N.B. I was gifted an electronic version of this book for the purpose of my review. Thanks go to AnneMarie Brear and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for this. For more information about how I work with others, please take a look at my disclosure page.

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