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The Secrets of Ironbridge

The Secrets of Ironbridge

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1850s: The second installment of the Ironbridge saga

  • ISBN: 978-1838770686
  • Genre: Historical, Romance

What you need to know before your trail

Returning to her mother’s birthplace at the age of eighteen, Beatrice Ashford encounters a complex family she barely knows. Her great-grandmother Queenie adores her, but the privileged social position of Beatrice’s family as masters of the local brickworks begins to make her uncomfortable.

And then she meets Owen Malone: handsome, different, refreshing – and from a class beneath her own. They fall for each other fast, but an old family feud and growing industrial unrest threatens to drive them apart.

Can they overcome their different backgrounds? And can Beatrice make amends for her family’s past?

Travel Guide

Welcome back to Ironbridge, BookTrail style

This is the second installment of the series and looks at the brickmaking industry of the region in addition to the iron one. The author spoke to several brickmaking groups on social media and met an artisan brickmaker who taught her the details she would need in evoking the industry. She even went as far as to visit one of them at home and made a brick out of a piece of clay and a mould. Now that is author dedication!

She discovered just how backbreaking work this must have been back in the 1850s when people were expected to make up to 1000 bricks a day. The conditions of the factories were awful and the novel gives a good sense of how trying and hard they were for the people working there. Small children were even employed to carry the heavy lumps of clay.

The drama of low wages, rogue bosses, child labour and dirty conditions are all well evoked in this novel and series. Just think of the hard work these people achieved when they made bricks. Next time you look at a house or building, just think of the hours of hard work it would have taken the people in the novel!

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Secrets of Ironbridge

Destination/location:  Ironbridge Author/guide: Mollie Walton   Departure Time: 1850s

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