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Spring 1913 and seventeen year old Evie Murphy is leaving her native Ireland for the city of Liverpool with her baby daughter Linnet but leaving Linnet's frail twin Lucy behind These are mixed fortunes ahead for Evie and while Lucy grows up in the beautiful Irish countryside Linnet is all too often forced to throw herself on the mercy of the enormous impoverished Sullivan family Life in a slum court during the thirties is far from easy but when tragedy strikes it becomes the only existence possible for Linnet Destitute she disappears into the Liverpool slums like an teardrop in an ocean Lucy meanwhile urgently needs her sister by her side But she has little idea when she leaves the farm and sets off to look for Linnet how their meeting will change their lives for ever


10 thoughts on “The Mersey Girls

  1. says:

    A gentle heart warming tale of twin sisters Linnet and Lucy Murphy who are parted as babies and lead very different lives as a result One stays at home on Ivy Farm in Ireland and the other ends up in the big city of Liverpool having to rely on the hospitality of others and eventually make her own way to make ends meat From reading the blurb I was expecting the sisters to meet up much sooner and so for me the story seemed to be going at a very slow pace and really focussing in on what each girl’s upbringing was like and the experiences they had and the people they met But about halfway through I realised their meeting is going to be the climax of this story and I started to enjoy the book much I couldn’t figure out why it was called The Mersey Girls and even began to consider that the front cover was a mistake – as the girls’ surname is Murphy But I knew really that that couldn’t be the case and I was looking forward to finding out why they receive the name Mersey I’m guessing a little knowledge of Liverpool might have helped me but I won’t give anything else awayThere are some lovely snippets of imagery in this book which really place you there in that setting And each character is well written; I can see them hear their voices uite vividly and care about what happens to themI enjoyed watching Linnet and Lucy grow and mature and following their story and the family and friends around them And I especially enjoyed seeing them meet and fitting their very different lives together like a little puzzle that was always meant to be completedIf you don’t like too much action or heavy drama or tragedy you will enjoy this book It’s still a rollercoaster with realistic drama tears disappointments joys successes failures but it leaves you with a smile on your face making you feel satisfied and that you’ve just read something really nice and wholesome


  2. says:

    This story is about twin girls Linett and Lucy who were separated when they were four months old We read about Lucy growing up in Ireland on the family farm and Linett in Liverpool where she overcomes difficulties to make her way in the worldI found this book difficult to get into at first but in the end I found it a pleasant story


  3. says:

    Having recently visited Liverpool I wanted to read a social history book set in that city This tale begins in 1913 and spans a couple of decades but there is not a single mention of the Great War which I thought unlikely We also don't see much of the docks hear nothing of the sugar or ship building industries and never see the two Liver BirdsA young single mother in Kerry goes to find fame and fortune in Liverpool taking one baby girl and leaving the other Little Evie is not much of a presence in this tale which is about her two daughters and their aunt Maeve Linnet is raised in the city among poor Irish families while Lucy remains on the Kerry farm not surprisingly emerging the healthier of the two This is not a tale of drama politics or strife just an account of their different lives loves and how they meet up again I found it relaxing to read a social history which didn't include war disease abuse and wretchedness The Irish traditional conversation is faithfully written the speech patterns like will I be after going to the market a direct translation from the Irish language And the account of a nanny's life in a well off household is well presented so we see how she was better off than other workers but very limited in freedoms Katie Flynn also writes as Judith Saxton and specialises in reflecting the lives of ordinary women in Britain


  4. says:

    A lovely story you are there with the characters be it on Ivy Farm with Lucy or the streets of Liverpool with Linnet It kinda of ended uickly and would have been good to end with Maeve coming back for Lucy's wedding and being reunited with Linnet


  5. says:

    A good read for a trip


  6. says:

    If you've read other Kate Flynn novels and enjoyed them you will enjoy this A thoroughly enjoyable read was almost disappointed to finish reading it


  7. says:

    Currently reading and my biggest concern is what sort of editor allows such cultural and historical inaccuracy in a book In so far as I know Irish travelling people never cremated people in caravans and insofar as I know Ireland had no crematorium outside of Dublin till the 90s In another book of hers when Xmas bells ring the two highly unlikable main characters talk about the Irish people not celebrating Christmas day but doing the main celebration on January 6th Not true as that date is nollaig na ban or woman's little Christmas It boils my blood that this rubbish is published and good writers languish on the slush pile


  8. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book It has loss romance and long lost family fighting poverty and ties to Ireland An interesting read


  9. says:

    This was the first time I've read a Katie Flynn book and although it was a very easy read and flowed brilliantly there were a few things that I didn't like about itThe main issue I had was that the first few chapters started off with listing the year it took place which made it easy to know the ages of the characters and how long has passed However it wasn't long before this dropped off and the rest of the book didn't mention the year This meant that sometimes I could be halfway through a chapter before I realised that years had passed since the previous chapter so the timeline felt a bit all of the placeFlynn however has made some very likeable characters the twins in particular Although I preferred Linnet's story as I found it so much interesting and felt that she went on of a journey they were both easy to like and emphasise with There were a few characters I felt took up too much of the story and it could have been trimmed down a lot but it was an easy enjoyable read


  10. says:

    This is the first book of hers that I have read uite good uick readBack Cover BlurbSpring 1913 and seventeen year old Evie Murphy is leaving her native Ireland for the city of Liverpool with her baby daughter Linnet but leaving Linnet's frail twin Lucy behind But there are mixed fortunes ahead for Evie and while Lucy grows up in the beautiful Irish countryside Linnet is all too often forced to throw herself on the mercy of the enormous impoverished Sullivan family Life in a slum court during the thirties is far from easy but when tragedy strikes it becomes the only existence possible for Linnet Destitute she disappears into the Liverpool slums like a teardrop in an oceanLucy meanwhile urgently needs her sister by her side But she has little idea when she leaves the farm and sets off to look for Linnet how their meeting will change their lives for ever