These Lost & Broken Things - Helen Fields (Blog Tour)
"Maiden. Mother. Murderer. How dangerous is a woman with nothing left to lose?
The year is 1905. London is a playground for the rich and a death trap for the poor. When Sofia Logan's husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her penniless with two young children, she knows she will do anything to keep them from the workhouse. But can she bring herself to murder? Even if she has done it before.
Emmett Vinsant, wealthy industrialist, offers Sofia a job in one of his gaming houses. He knows more about Sofia's past than he has revealed. Brought up as part of a travelling fair, she's an expert at counting cards and spotting cheats, and Vinsant puts her talents to good use. His demands on her grow until she finds herself with blood on her hands.
Set against the backdrop of the Suffragette protests, with industry changing the face of the city but disease still rampant, and poverty the greatest threat of all, every decision you make is life or death. Either yours or someone else's."
I received These Lost & Broken Things by Helen Fields for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour for Love Books Tours. Love Books Tours offer book tours, cover reveals, book blitzes and more! If you'd like to know more or join the host family then please check out their website, Twitter and Instagram!
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Also just a quick note, the cover has changed since I received a copy of the books! So the pictures included in this review are of the old cover ❤️
Trigger/Content Warnings: almost rape of a minor, assault, addiction, suicidal thoughts
Our main character is Sofia Logan, a recent widow left with two children and no money coming in. She needs to find a job quickly to keep her family out of the cruel workhouse. However, there are some out there who want to take advantage of Sofia's desperation and will do anything to manipulate her to their will. What will she do when the only option left is murder?
Sofia is a smart, likeable character although sometimes a little naive. She had a troubled childhood where she first formed her gambling addiction and she is willing to do anything so that her family don't have to go through what she did, to the point where she becomes a shadow of herself.
I loved how the author included multiple flashbacks to Sofia's childhood, it was so interesting to see how the experiences she had as a child influenced her as an adult. She learns that there are some things which just refuse to stay buried in the past. It was really intriguing to have this introspective look into her psyche and how her subsequent
actions affect not only herself but end up harming those around her. It was really well done and showed how Sofia is on a self destructive path. In the end she will have to choose what is more important: her family or her addiction?
I've really been enjoying historical fiction lately and These Lost & Broken Things is a credit to the genre! I especially liked the time period it was set in as I loved learning about the suffragettes in school and how strong and inspiring they were.
These Lost & Broken Things was a really clever story with great characters! Thank you so much to Helen Fields and Love Books Tours for the opportunity to read it, you can also find me on Twitter and Instagram! These Lost & Broken Things is available on Amazon and Goodreads and the author can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
About the Author
An international and Amazon #1 best-selling author, Helen is a former criminal and family law barrister. Every book in the Callanach series claimed an Amazon #1 bestseller flag. Her next book, the sixth in the series, 'Perfect Kill' is due out on 6 February 2020. Helen also writes as HS Chandler, and last year released legal thriller 'Degrees of Guilt'. Her previous audio book 'Perfect Crime' knocked Michelle Obama off the #1 spot. Translated into 15 languages, and also selling in the USA, Canada & Australasia, Helen's books have won global recognition. Her first historical thriller 'TheseLost&BrokenThings' comes out in May 2020. A further standalone thriller published by HarperColllins will come soon. She currently commutes between Hampshire, Scotland and California, where she lives with her husband and three children. Helen can be found on Twitter @Helen_Fields for up to date news and information or at www.helenfields.co.uk.