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Book Review: These Lost & Broken Things by Helen Fields @Helen_Fields @LoveBooksGroup #TheseLostandBrokenThings

Today I’m sharing my review for These Lost & Broken Things by Helen Fields a part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Kelly of Love Books Tours for the invite and to Helen Fields for the copy of the book.

About the book

Girl. Mother. Assassin.

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…

Emmet 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.

These Lost & Broken Things is available to purchase now – Amazon

My thoughts

These Lost & Broken Things is a historical fiction novel and we meet Sofia who is wife to Tom and mother to Isaac and Sadie and when Tom dies unexpectedly Sofia is left struggling to pay the rent and feed her children. Toms employer Emmet Vinsant offers Sofia a job and after initially turning his offer down Sofia finds that no where will employ her and pay a wage that can cover the bills and feed her children so she takes Vinsants offer.

The story is told from two different timelines, 1905 and back to 1891 when Sofia was 12 years old which I found worked so well. It was interesting to be able to go back and find out what carved Sofia into the woman she became.

I found this quite a tense read and found Vinsant to be an utterly horrible, manipulative and cruel man that really gave me the shivers but all the characters felt very realistic which made the story even more absorbing. You could feel Sofia’s determination and passion for her children and she’s a very clever lady.

These Lost & Broken Things is a gritty, addictive read that was full of surprises. I zoomed through the story in a day and I just couldn’t put it down. I know this is the authors first historical fiction story and I can’t wait to read more from her, hopefully soon.

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