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Thursday, 23 April 2020


Delighted to be taking part today in the Blog Tour for THE POOR RELATION by SUSANNAH BAVIN. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for putting the tour together, my copy of the book and letting me be part of it all!


1908, Manchester. Mary Maitland is an attractive and intelligent young woman determined to strike out on her own and earn a living. Finding work at a women's employment agency, her creative talent is soon noticed and Mary begins writing articles for newspapers and magazines. But being of independent and progressive mind are troublesome traits when those you hold dear must constantly live up to the expectations of the well-to-do family to which they are linked. With increasing pressures from the powers that be, can Mary find the fine line between honouring her family and honouring herself?



Susanna Bavin has worked as a librarian, an infant school teacher, a carer and a cook. She lives on the beautiful North Wales coast, but her writing is inspired by her Mancunian roots. She also writes as Polly Heron.

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Another stunning book from Susanna that portrays a wonderfully feisty woman, living in a time where that kind of behaviour was frowned upon. It also explores the difference in the classes and how you're expected to tow the line if your circumstances change through marriage.

Mary Maitland is the central character, and I loved her! Bored in a job that doesn't challenge her, she sets out to find a life that is more fulfilling and have more independence - easier said than done when her family, especially her father, have their  own thoughts on how she should be living her life and not to bring shame on the family.  The times she lives in finds her battling prejudices as to what is expected of women and she is never taken seriously. But she is so determined she cracks on with finding her own way and I found myself cheering her spirit and the initiative she showed in trying to prove people wrong.  Even when things don't go to plan for her, she never gives up and isn't downhearted. Giving up and playing it safe don't seem to ever enter her frame of mind!!

Throw into the mix, the battle of families and the snobbery between classes, and shameful secrets of the past coming to light.  There are also those sneering characters who think themselves above others and a focus on the horrific treatment of women who dared to protest and stand up for what they believed in and it just made for an enthralling and inspiring read.  I found myself totally caught up in the lives of these characters and thankful for women like Mary and Helen who weren't afraid to be different and want something more from life than just to do what they were told!


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