The Dartmoor Girl & The Girl at Holly Cottage by Tania Crosse #BookReview #DevonshireSagas8&9 #BlogTour #JoffeBooks #Books’n’All #4.5*

The Dartmoor Girl

A dramatic and poignant tale of one girl’s quest for the truth.

Dartmoor, 1952.

When fifteen-year-old Lily Hayes loses her mother, she finds herself at a crossroads: go to a children’s home or leave the bright lights of London to live with her estranged father in the wilds of Dartmoor.

Lily moves from London to Dartmoor determined and excited to find out the truth about her family.

Her dour father, Sidney, can be sullen and he has a temper on him. He seems to want nothing to do with her, but Lily vows to make the best of things. And there are some things she is grateful for — especially the handsome and charming Edwin Franfield.

As Sidney’s gruff manner gradually thaws, Lily learns a little more about her family’s history — and discovers that some secrets are better left untold.

Will Lily discover her true identity and find happiness among the dramatic wilderness of Dartmoor, or will the past drive her back to where she comes from?

Previously published as Lily’s Journey

The Girl at Holly Cottage

A compelling tale of secrets and betrayal, friendship and trust, and the legacy of war.

Plymouth, 1954.

The future seems rosy for Plymouth schoolgirl Anna Millington, as she prepares for teacher training college.

But Anna’s life is not what it seems. Her family is hiding a cruel secret that resulted from the worst night of the Plymouth Blitz.

Now, the devastating consequences are about to erupt again.

Fearing for her life, Anna leaves her dreams behind and flees to nearby Dartmoor.

It isn’t long before Anna secures a position as a serving girl at Ashcroft Hall. It isn’t the teaching career she longed for. The staff are rude and make no effort to befriend her. But she finds solace in loving Sir Gilbert, Lady Ashcroft’s son, who calls her his ‘little smoky eyes’.

It soon becomes clear that Anna’s not the only one with secrets.

Will she learn who she can really trust? And can she find the courage to seek out the happiness she truly deserves?

Previously published as Hope at Holly Cottage

Devonshire Sagas series

  1. The Harbour Master’s Daughter
  2. The River Girl
  3. The Gunpowder Girl
  4. The Quarry Girl
  5. The Railway Girl
  6. The Wheelwright Girl
  7. The Ambulance Girl
  8. The Dartmoor Girl
  9. The Girl at Holly Cottage

Not One, but Two, Wonderful Reads!

I only ever intended to read one of these novels; having read the first in series I knew they were ones I would enjoy and as soon as I finished one, I just had to move on to the next!

While both novels are stand-alone reads, they all add up to a thrilling series and an honest portrayal of how life used to be. I think it’s fairly obvious that the author has a real affinity for Dartmoor and it shines through both these stories. I like that the characters from the eighth book make an appearance in the ninth so we know that life continues on for them. There is always a breadth of characters in Tania’s novels, making us aware of all walks of society. Beautifully written and an absolute joy to read, I am delighted to recommend this series to all those who enjoy good historical dramas which don’t shirk away from the gritty side of life. 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copies of these novels, to the author for asking me to be a part of this tour, and to Jill Burkinshaw for finding a space for me; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Author Details

Tania Crosse was born in London, but at a young age, moved to Surrey where her love of the countryside took root. She wanted to be an author since childhood, but after obtaining a degree in French Literature, life took over. It wasn’t until her children were older that she began writing seriously. She has now had published nine historical novels set on her beloved Dartmoor, while The Street of Broken Dreams, the last of four Twentieth Century sagas set in London and the south east, won Best Saga in the 2020 awards of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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