The Girl at Change Alley by Joanne Clague
A captivating Victorian saga of lies and redemption by local author, Joanne Clague
Paperback, 320 pages
A fallen woman. An opportunity for redemption. But at what cost? Sheffield, 1867.
It's the height of a long-running and violent campaign known as the Outrages, where murderous acts are carried out on behalf of a rogue union leader. Louisa Leigh, a former maid-of-all-work, is trapped into prostitution and desperate for money to escape. She befriends Ginny Hinchcliffe, a young widow who will do whatever it takes to break free from a life of servitude to her in-laws.
The two women become entangled with Joe Crookes, henchman to the man responsible for the Outrages. Joe is looking for a way out even if that means betraying those closest to him. With a single act, Louisa's freedom would be paid for.
But it's not just her life on the line, and she'll need to decide if she can live with the choices she's about to make... A sensationally compelling and gritty saga, for fans of Emma Hornby, Libby Ashworth and Kitty Neale. Praise for Joanne Clague'A powerful and absorbing story.
Her passion for the era shines through.' Emma Hornby'A fabulous new saga author!' AnneMarie Brear'Combines real people and fictional characters in a story both tragic and inspiring.' Libby Ashworth'Terrific characters and an exciting storyline kept me turning the pages, eager to find out what happened next.' Lesley Eames'The Ragged Valley delivers a captivating insight into a part of Sheffield history long forgotten. An authentic story with motivating characters.' Sylvia Broady 'Written with passion and attention to detail, Clague leaves no stone unturned... a must read for saga fans.' Andie Newton, USA Today bestselling author of The Girls from the Beach 'A compelling story...
The Girl at Change Alley is a must-read for all historical fiction readers.' Reader review'A fabulous book that draws you into the story from the very first chapter. The characters Louisa and Ginny were wonderful... you really wanted it to end well for them.' Reader review 'This is a total five stars for me...
historical fiction at its best.' Reader review'I adored this book. These characters are so real that when the unthinkable happens... it's truly gut-wrenching.' Reader review'It had me hooked from the first page.
The writing is gorgeous and the characters instantly come alive. It's a wonderful romance with a lot of heart. A beautifully written book that I highly recommend for lovers of saga, romance or historical novels.' Reader review