The Workhouse Girl by Dilly Court – Review

Circumstances force eight-year-old Sarah Scrase and her widowed mother Ellen to enter St Giles and St George’s Workhouse in Bloomsbury.

 When Ellen dies in childbirth, an independent-minded, spirited Sarah falls foul of Workhouse Master Trigg and his cruel wife.

 Sarah’s ordeal seems to be over when philanthropist and sugar mill owner James Arbuthnot takes her into his home.

But her wealthy benefactor reports Trigg and his wife. And blaming Sarah for their misfortune, in a fit of revenge the couple decide to take the law into their own hands.

~Synopsis from Goodreads

What can I say? I had better expectations from an experienced writer like Dilly Court and I was very much disappointed. I had read another book of hers few years back though I cannot recall which one :P.

This book is a straight-cut example of ‘things-go-bad-but-ends-extremely-well’ kind of story where one thing after another goes bad for Sarah from her birth, but everything ends up so nicely in the very end.

I do like to read a ‘feel-good’ book, but I do have some expectations as to how the plot is worked out. Things can go wrong in many ways, but certain events in this stories felt so unrealistic. The writing does not have enough depth to convince the reader otherwise.

I did not abandon the book half way because I did want to find out what happened to Sarah in the end. Yes. That is a really positive point about this book, but some how the ending also did disappoint me.

Not my type of book.

Rating: 2.5/5
Pub Date: Feb 6 2014
Publisher: Random House UK – North America

 Note: I received a digital galley of this book from the publisher through netgalley in return for my honest review.

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