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23 May 2021

Book Review: Nellie's Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Nellie's Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke ahead of the blog tour.

This was what I needed - it's been a while since I last read a wartime saga that ripped out my heart and squished it back in with quite so much ferocity. Nellie's Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke was excellent.

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As a small child, Nellie Peace was always dreaming but sensed her mother’s rejection.  

Abandoned and sent into service at Beaumont House at an early age, Nellie is lost and alone until she meets the unpredictable and reclusive artist, Lucas Harrington and falls in love with him.

This unlikely association between master and servant is encouraged by Lucas’s gentle natured Aunt Alice as Lucas sees something unusual in Nellie and is compelled to paint her. 

Broken promises lead to inevitable heartbreak and Nellie flees Beaumont House in disgrace for London. 

Alone again, Nellie must learn to live and fend for herself and her new-born child.

Can Nellie win a second chance of happiness and can she solve the mystery of her mother's tortured past?

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5 Word Review: Family, trust, belonging, love, betrayal.

I love a good historical saga, and Nellie's Heartbreak by Rosie Clarke is a good historical saga.

I loved Nellie, and loved how she changed as the story went on. My heart broke for her at the beginning with the way her mother acted towards her. I loved how Nellie was so strong in spirit - she didn't let anything get her down. I think Nellie could be one of my favourite ever saga heroines. Seeing her tackle every obstacle thrown her way was incredible. She has so much love in her heart and goodness in her soul.

I liked the exploration of class, the contrast between Nellie's home life, and the life of those in the big house was really well done. I loved how everyone had their small prejudices and judgements, and how the relationships of the characters bloomed around them. The flaws of the characters really brought them to life on the page.

There is a small thread of mystery throughout the story and I thought it was an excellent addition. It rounded out the story, provided so many answers, and had me gasping at times.

This is a perfect read for all fans of historical saga stories, and fans of Janet MacLeod Trotter.

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Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire. Rosie’s brand new saga series, Welcome to Harpers Emporium began in December 2019.


  1. I love historical saga, and this sounds perfect! Thanks for the review!

  2. This sounds like an emotional roller coaster! Glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much.

    I am a fan of the "add to Goodreads" button you've embedded as well - I will have to try and learn how to do that for my new blog! ��

  3. Nellie sounds a brilliant character!


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