Summary

Mrs. England is packed with interesting dynamics that will have readers drawing conclusions, only to be shocked with twists and turns once the final page is read.

4.5-STAR REVIEW: MRS. ENGLAND by Stacey Halls

About The Book

Publication Date: June 10, 2021

When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adapts to life at the isolated Hardcastle House, it becomes clear there’s something not quite right about the beautiful, mysterious Mrs England. Ostracised by the servants and feeling increasingly uneasy, Ruby is forced to confront her own demons in order to prevent history from repeating itself. After all, there’s no such thing as the perfect family – and she should know.

Simmering with slow-burning menace, Mrs England is a portrait of an Edwardian marriage, weaving an enthralling story of men and women, power and control, courage, truth and the very darkest deception. Set against the atmospheric landscape of West Yorkshire, Stacey Halls’ third novel proves her one of the most exciting and compelling new storytellers of our times.

Buy Links

Amazon Barnes & Noble iBooks Kobo
Add to Goodreads

The Review

Ruby May takes a remote nanny position far from the familiar streets of London, but she hopes caring for the four England children will be a perfect fit. In Mrs. England, author Stacey Halls delivers a riveting tale of West Yorkshire in 1904.

As the main character, Ruby is eager to fit into the household. Having received formal education as a nanny, she easily develops a rapport with the children. The dilemma is that there seems to be something not quite right with Mrs. England. All decisions, even those relating to the children, come from Mr. England. Stuck in limbo where she has no one to turn to, Ruby soon realizes she must find out the secrets of the household before it is too late.

Set against a time period of class distinctions, the novel also highlights the dangers of mill operations, especially for child workers. Hardcastle House is a solid backdrop since it illustrates the sense of remoteness and isolation.

It turns out that Ruby has her own secrets, which adds an unexpected twist. As she digs deeper into the family dynamics, she creates a collision course where past and present are about to collide. The question is whether Ruby put the pieces together properly…or did she completely misconstrue everything.

Mrs. England is packed with interesting dynamics that will have readers drawing conclusions, only to be shocked with twists and turns once the final page is read.

About The AuthorStacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and has written for publications including the Guardian, Stylist, Psychologiesthe Independent, the Sun Fabulous. Both of her first two novels, The Familiars and The Lost Orphanwere Sunday Times bestsellers, Mrs. England is her third novel.

WebsiteInstagramTwitterGoodreadsAmazon-SocialBookbub

 

REVIEW AUTHOR

Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -
4.5-STAR REVIEW: MRS. ENGLAND by Stacey HallsMrs. England is packed with interesting dynamics that will have readers drawing conclusions, only to be shocked with twists and turns once the final page is read.