The Dartmoor Girl by Tania Crosse – Blogtour

Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and Tania Crosse, Joffe Books and Netgalley for an ARC of The Dartmoor Girl in exchange for an unbiased review.

Synopsis

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

Originally published as Lily’s Journey.

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 where she came from.

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. 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 whence she came?

READERS LOVE THE DEVONSHIRE SAGA SERIES:

“Carefully researched and well presented.” Bestselling author Anna Jacobs

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Totally in love with this book! Highly recommend!” Sayury

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Crosse writes with passion . . . so well you can actually envisage yourself there.” Novelle Novels

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “At first, I thought it was a standard love story. Then about halfway through it became so much more.” Mrs Gray

“A thumping good read, feels like living history.” Dorset Echo

My Thoughts

The Dartmoor Girl opens with a young lady, Lily, on a train platform alone and unsure having travelled from London.  She is met by her father who seems very distant and they don’t know each other very well.  From the first chapter I was hooked on The Dartmoor Girl.  There was an atmosphere top the setting – dark, country and unfamiliar to Lily and I was so intrigued around why she was there and why she was a stranger to her father.   As I read on I learned the answers to these things but this became the beginning of Lily’s journey to find who she is and to readjust to a different life than she was used to.

Lily is a hardworking, sweet girl who has been through a lot personally for someone so young as well as living a lot of her childhood through WW2.  She was a remarkably resilient character and had a lot to work through.  I felt uplifted by the community’s reaction to Lily and how they were all so helpful and kind. 

Tania Crosse really paints a brilliant picture of life in the 1950s.  I wasn’t there, but I could fully immerse myself in that time era from how brilliantly every detail was depicted and described.

The Dartmoor Girl really has a bit of everything.  It covers family, loss, love and finding your way.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and really recommend it.      

Author Bio – Tania Crosse

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.

BOOKS BY TANIA CROSSE

DEVONSHIRE SAGA SERIES

  • THE HARBOUR MASTER’S DAUGHTER
  • THE RIVER GIRL
  • THE GUNPOWDER GIRL
  • THE QUARRY GIRL
  • THE RAILWAY GIRL
  • THE WHEELWRIGHT GIRL
  • THE AMBULANCE GIRL
  • THE DARTMOOR GIRL
  • HOPE AT HOLLY COTTAGE

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