Nofel arall gan awdures gynhyrchiol. Mae'r nofel wedi ei lleoli yn Tiger Bay, yng Nghaerdydd, ac mae'n llawn cariad a hapusrwydd, casineb ac anobaith.
Another novel by the prolific author. A story full of love and happiness - hatred and despair, set in the slums of Cardiff's Tiger Bay.
Rosie Harris’s latest page-turning novel is essentially a story of survival. When pretty, spoiled, seventeen-year-old Sheryl Williams gets pregnant by handsome soldier Alun Powell, just after the First World War, her comfortable life quickly spins out of control. Alun is forced to marry her, but he can only get shabby digs in Tiger Bay and can only find work doing errands for a gambler, and soon resents having tied himself down so young. Harris portrays Sheryl’s dilemma very convincingly, a girl not brought up for coping alone with a baby, unhappy with her violent husband, but also unhappy when she runs home to her disapproving, controlling mother, not sure who to turn to, longing for some fun. And then Alun’s jealousy gets him in prison . . .
I won’t say more about the plot, and I felt it was a shame the blurb gave away as much as it did, but the pace keeps moving ahead, as Sheryl’s situation gets more and more dangerous. It’s very exciting, and I trust it won’t spoil the book to say that there is a touching promise of hope and new beginnings at the end.
Sheryl isn’t a saint. Harris never lets us forget that half the trouble is Sheryl’s quick temper constantly getting her into arguments with the people who try to help her. I particularly liked the fact that Sheryl was full of faults and often in the wrong, as I felt this made the novel more interesting and unpredictable. The most sympathetic character is Sheryl’s daughter Caitlin, struggling to cope, especially when Sheryl becomes an alcoholic. I was sorry that Sheryl’s school friend Megan, a very likable figure at the beginning, became less sympathetic as she became a wife and mother herself, but this is necessary as it adds to Sheryl’s growing isolation.
Altogether, the book is a very enjoyable story with an intriguing heroine, sure to be savoured by all Rosie Harris’s many fans.
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