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  • The Mersey Mistress

  • By: Sheila Riley
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Summary

Brand-new from Liverpool's very own best-selling author, Sheila Riley

1910 Liverpool Docks

Ruby Swift is a hard-working, straight-talking woman of substance who does not suffer fools gladly.

But when tragedy strikes on a bitter Christmas Eve, Ruby and her beloved Archie take matters into their own hands when a trusted employee’s house is mysteriously engulfed by flames and lives are lost.

Orphaned by the fire, Ruby welcomes heartbroken 16-year-old Anna Cassidy into her home and family, but circumstances conspire against them, and she is unable to save Anna's 12-year-old brother Sam Cassidy, who is sent by the church to Canada as a Homeboy.

Can Ruby help mend a broken heart, and can these two children ever be reunited, or is there another higher game in play?

Mersey Mistress takes you on a journey to another time, another place. From the banks of the River Mersey to the frozen waters of the Canadian Saint Laurence River.

©2021 Sheila Riley (P)2021 Boldwood Books

Critic reviews

"A powerful and totally absorbing family saga that is not to be missed. I turned the pages almost faster than I could read." (Carol Rivers) 

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Thrilling to the end

Loved this book, from beginning to end.
The narrator Julie Maisey has a calming voice, very relaxing.

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Wow, packed full of emotions

I loved this book, I laughed, cried, such a superbly written book & read with passion. History can be unbelievably crue sometimes. Ell worth a listen. Will read book 2. Thank you.

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Conversations were read too correctly and not how people actually speak. Abandoned after chapter 10.

Story too predictable and the narration got me so irritated I gave up after chapter 10.

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  • 17-09-22

Accents ruin the experience!

I managed to get to chapter 15 but the dreadful accents grate too much.

I think I’d rather read this than listen to it.

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A lovely little story

I really enjoy these stories of yester years the narrator as an excellent voice. I look forward to book 2

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intriguing

Good storyline with sadness, happiness, integrity and a inside into the early 1900.Now for continuing

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Good story

loved thd story. thought the characters were very strong. the terrible Canadian accent spoiled it, more southern American!

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completely engrossed !

could not put it down, this book makes you happy sad angry and lots of thoughts.
my husbands family was from the area which seemed to bring it home.
the narrator was first class!
can't wait for the next book.

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  • Tansy Adderley
  • 28-09-22

Extremely disappointing

It feels like this book was written to a recipe.
Repetitive, simplistic, and drawn-out.
It reads as if the author was writing for a target audience of imbeciles.
Nothing like her earlier books.

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  • 12-09-22

Love, what a story...

Outstanding!!. I thought Anna was great.... love the story. Ned was perfect for her.

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  • Connie Nolen
  • 09-05-21

waste of time.

takes ages to get anywhere, then leaves you hanging. No real conclusion. Ends like author ran out of ideas.