‘The Orphan Twins’ was published on the 23rd July 2020 by Aria Fiction. It is available in eBook and paperback formats.
I would like to thank Aria Fiction for inviting me to participate in this blog tour and both the publisher and author for my review copy which I got from NetGalley. It really is a pleasure to be taking part. I have been following Lesley Eames on social media for a while now and have been intrigued by her books.
I’ll tell you what I thought about ‘The Orphan Twins’ after a quick look at the book blurb.
London, 1910. Lily is ten years old when she realises her grandmother, a washerwoman in the backstreets of London’s Bermondsey, is seriously ill. She’s determined to do what can she can to help and keep her grandmother’s illness a secret – even from her beloved twin, Artie. But Gran isn’t getting any better, and there’s only so much Lily can do…
When tragedy strikes and the twins are faced with the prospect of a workhouse or an orphanage, a benefactor offers to take Artie in and educate him. All Artie’s needs will be taken care of – but the gentleman has no use for a girl. The twins have lost everything they knew and loved, but they never thought they’d lose each other.
As the orphan twins grow up and take different paths, their new lives are beyond anything they could have imagined. Will they ever find a way to be together again?
‘The Orphan Twins’ is the first book I have read by Lesley Eames. My verdict? It was absolutely fantastic. I loved every single minute of it, I really did. The words just flowed, and I kept on reading getting deeper and deeper into the story and not wanting it to finish. Through the author’s descriptions I almost felt as if I was actually there with the characters.
Set in Bermondsey, London, the story starts off in 1910 when twins Lily and Artie are living with their grandmother. At only ten years of age they didn’t realise just how drastic things were about to become. Their lives were going to change forever, and it was up to them to make something of themselves.
Lily appeared to have her head screwed on for such a young girl and was much more mature than her years. She was kind and loving and even took the time to help her brother with his schoolwork. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for her.
Artie had it slightly easier in that he was given accommodation and an education. Things were a bit more of a struggle for Lily, but she coped. She wasn’t afraid of hard work and I think this together with her determination stood her in good stead for the future.
Within a few years the First World War began. This was naturally a very worrying and emotional time for everyone, not knowing when or if their loved ones and friends would return home but having to get on with life as well as they could. I loved the letters that went back and forth between Lily, Artie, and the others. I think it is a shame that letter writing has more or less died out with technology.
There were some really charming characters in this story. I loved Lily and Artie, the Tibbs sisters and Mr Bax. All very memorable.
If you like sagas and historical fiction, then I recommend you grab yourself a copy of ‘The Orphan Twins’ now. I really cannot wait to read more by this author.
Perhaps there could be a sequel to ‘The Orphan Twins’. I think it would work out very well.
‘The Orphan Twins’ is available to purchase from:-
Amazon UK – https://amzn.to/2WKCkV0
Kobo – https://bit.ly/2AMPw39
Google Play – https://bit.ly/2Zml1LN
iBooks – https://apple.co/2Aigxf0
About Lesley Eames
Winner of awards such as the Festival of Romance New Talent Award and the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup, Lesley Eames writes 1920’s sagas as well as short stories for the women’s magazine market. She is also a creative writing tutor, mentor and editor. Based in Hertfordshire, UK, Lesley loves working from home because she can share the adventures of her characters while wearing slippers and drinking copious cups of tea.
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