Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Alexis
What they say: When Nell Draper leaves the workhouse to care for the five-year-old son of Lord Eversham, a wealthy landowner, she has no idea of the heartache that lies ahead of her.
Robert can’t speak. He can’t tell her what makes him happy or sad. Nell has to work that out for herself.
Not everyone is happy about Robert’s existence.
Can Nell save him from a desolate future, secure his inheritance and ensure he takes his rightful place in society?
What we say: “This was quite a difficult book to review, as being a very fussy reader (with the way the book is written, not the story genre) I wasn’t impressed with the writing. I found it to be quite similar to an A Level English assignment where the author has tried to use as many adjectives, similes and other grammatical arguments in her writing. It did at times make the story drag out and feel more like an essay than a story.
The actual story itself was quite engaging, slow to start and overly repetitive of descriptions of the young boy Robert, and the lifestyle of Nell but once it got going, it was a good read. Set in Victorian times, it’s the story of a young workhouse girl who is given the opportunity to become a care nurse for a young mute boy in a large mansion house belonging to his widowed father, Lord Eversham.
Nell takes Robert to London and the story really picks up there, is faster moving and quite dramatic in places, but can be quite predictable in others. Without giving the story away, you will want to find out how it does end, and that is what compels the reader to continue.
I would give this book an average 3 out of 5.”
The Guardian Angel by Kay Seeley is available from many good bookstores and online from Amazon.