Author: Francesca Capaldi
Title: Heartbreak in the Valleys
Genre: Historical Fiction/Women’s Fiction
Publication date: 10 June, 2020
Publisher: Hera Books
The world was crumbling, but her love stayed strong
November 1915. For young housemaid, Anwen Rhys, life is hard in the Welsh mining village of
Dorcalon, deep in the Rhymney Valley. She cares for her ill mother and beloved younger sister Sara, all while shielding them from her father’s drunken, violent temper. Anwen comforts herself with her love for childhood sweetheart, Idris Hughes, away fighting in the Great War.
Yet when Idris returns, he is a changed man; no longer the innocent boy she loved, he is harder, more distant, quickly breaking off their engagement. And when tragedy once again strikes her family, Anwen’s heart is completely broken.
But when an explosion at the pit brings unimaginable heartache to Dorcalon, Anwen and Idris put their feelings aside to unite their mining community.
In the midst of despair, can Anwen find hope again? And will she ever find the happiness she deserves?
A beautiful, emotional and heart-breaking saga set in the Welsh Valleys of the Great War
that fans of Nadine Dorries, Rosie Goodwin and Sheila Newbury will love.
Heartbreak in the Valleys by Francesca Calpadi is a book worthy of a 5 star rating by me.
I love reading historical romance books. I was so excited to get a copy of this book.
The themes of war,poverty, love,struggle,community support,crime etc were properly explored in this novel.
One thing I always do whenever I read Historical novels is that,I always thank God for the present time. The people in this novel struggled through war. Their feedings were rationed. They had to work hard to bring in some money for their families while hoping for the best. The deadly disease called “Consumption” ravaging the village Anwen lives in and taking away sick people. How sad those times were. I am thankful for this present age.
This is a page turner. Anwen despite her young age is portrayed as a girl who is mature in handling issues.
The book cover is beautiful too.
I got emotional at some scenes. I got teary too. This is a good book that commands your attention and emotions. It is full of action and suspense.
I love Elizabeth Meredith. Despite her high class upbringing, she still had humility towards the other classes. I love the Meredith’s family including Tom. No matter how terribly spoiled he was,he was one of the characters I was looking forward to while reading the book.
Madog,Anwen’s father is such a bully. I felt sorry for his household and people around him. I won’t blame Enid, his wife for acting the way she did in this book.
I enjoyed this book so much. I am thankful for the hopeful ending. War is terrible but you need to make life bearable for yourself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hera Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely mine.
About the Author
About Francesca Burgess
Several years ago, Francesca Capaldi pursued a childhood dream and joined a creative writing class. Lots of published short stories, a serial, and three pocket novels later, she’s now explored her mother’s ancestral history for a novel set in a Welsh colliery village. A history graduate and former teacher, she hails from the Sussex coast but now lives in Kent with her family and a cat called Lando Calrissian.