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Will their friendship survive against all odds? In the early 1900s two girls see each other through good times and bad. But can their friendship endure when an dreadful act of violence sees their families turn against one another? Hannah Kirk and Alice Moran have been friends since childhood. Growing up in the back streets of Chester, they support each other through ha Will their friendship survive against all odds? In the early 1900s two girls see each other through good times and bad. But can their friendship endure when an dreadful act of violence sees their families turn against one another? Hannah Kirk and Alice Moran have been friends since childhood. Growing up in the back streets of Chester, they support each other through hard times. But when Alice’s mother dies in childbirth, the girls both must take on great burdens.Alice’s violent father attacks Hannah’s mother and the friends are separated when Alice is forced to flee with her father while Hannah cares for her bedridden mother and the rest of the family. As Hannah struggles to cope and suffers awful mistreatment at the hands of her devious older brother, she questions whether Alice is her friend – or the cause of all her troubles. Will Hannah and Alice reconcile, or are the wrongs of the past impossible to make right?


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Will their friendship survive against all odds? In the early 1900s two girls see each other through good times and bad. But can their friendship endure when an dreadful act of violence sees their families turn against one another? Hannah Kirk and Alice Moran have been friends since childhood. Growing up in the back streets of Chester, they support each other through ha Will their friendship survive against all odds? In the early 1900s two girls see each other through good times and bad. But can their friendship endure when an dreadful act of violence sees their families turn against one another? Hannah Kirk and Alice Moran have been friends since childhood. Growing up in the back streets of Chester, they support each other through hard times. But when Alice’s mother dies in childbirth, the girls both must take on great burdens.Alice’s violent father attacks Hannah’s mother and the friends are separated when Alice is forced to flee with her father while Hannah cares for her bedridden mother and the rest of the family. As Hannah struggles to cope and suffers awful mistreatment at the hands of her devious older brother, she questions whether Alice is her friend – or the cause of all her troubles. Will Hannah and Alice reconcile, or are the wrongs of the past impossible to make right?

30 review for Step by Step

  1. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Scott

    To be completely honest, I had really low hopes for this book. The person who bought it for me isn't a reader, and non-readers are really bad at picking for books for readers. Sorry, but it's true! The other book she got me was pretty terrible, so I expected this one to be the same. So really, we should be pretty excited this got a three star rating! I read a fair bit of historical fiction, and the history part of this was written really well. Hannah (or Hanny) knew a girl fighting for women to g To be completely honest, I had really low hopes for this book. The person who bought it for me isn't a reader, and non-readers are really bad at picking for books for readers. Sorry, but it's true! The other book she got me was pretty terrible, so I expected this one to be the same. So really, we should be pretty excited this got a three star rating! I read a fair bit of historical fiction, and the history part of this was written really well. Hannah (or Hanny) knew a girl fighting for women to get the vote, Alice was desperate to get married, and had an alcoholic/abusive father, etc. It was those little touches that made this book seem really real to me, and I love a book that gets me into their world. Most of the historical touches were pretty small though, it definitely wasn't a major part of the book. According to the blurb, the most major part of the book was the friendship between Alice and Hanny. But for a lot of the book, they weren't actually speaking to each other... Always for good reasons, but still! Then it was always a big deal that they'd fallen out. If you're going to write a book centered around friendship like that, you need to develop the friendship quite a bit first. I felt pretty let down by this book knowing that the friendship had so much potential. The friendship between their mothers was a lot more prominent, and one of them died, and the other was severely injured... The other thing that let me down was the lack of emotions. This book talked about some really serious topics - rape, incest, abuse, alcoholism, death, physical trauma, etc. And physically, they really affected the characters. Kenny was mute because of his abusive parents, Hanny thought she was pregnant because her brother raped her, and that caused her to run away. Hanny's mother had physical trauma so bad she nearly died, and that took up a lot of a focus from the book. But not for one moment did I actually care about the characters affected. I was interested in the events going on, because they're interesting topics to read about! Except in most books, I would have cried. I should have cried! I should have been worried about these characters, terrified for their sanity and well being. In reality, though, I was bored. I had to force myself to pick this book up and keep going, for the sake of knowing how the events would all pan out. If you choose to write about emotional topics, you need to write emotionally. I'm disappointed, because the writing wasn't bad at all. It was just the characters that were one dimensional. Maybe Francis should stick to the history side of writing?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Theresa French

    Absolute page turner. Can't wait to get the others in this series; a dream to share. Tillys story, it had to be you. Absolute page turner. Can't wait to get the others in this series; a dream to share. Tillys story, it had to be you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book because the writing style suits this genre perfectly bringing the story forward at a right momentum while keeping the emotional engagements with characters just right. I look forward to reading more of June Francis' books. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book because the writing style suits this genre perfectly bringing the story forward at a right momentum while keeping the emotional engagements with characters just right. I look forward to reading more of June Francis' books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    excellent, i love to read a series of novels

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Motteler

    Twists And Turns This book was fantastic and hard to out down. It kept me in suspense with all the plot twists. Can't wait to read the next book of the series. Twists And Turns This book was fantastic and hard to out down. It kept me in suspense with all the plot twists. Can't wait to read the next book of the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jane Roberts

    Fantastic Read This book is a really good book to read. It had me wanting to read all day long instead of doing my jobs about the house. Totally recommend this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tee

    This book had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. Not your typical historical fiction.

  8. 5 out of 5

    thomas l troske

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Orr

  10. 4 out of 5

    g m green

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maureen King

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lily Brady

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Jones

  14. 5 out of 5

    s j getty

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leo A Plumley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christine Tafft

  17. 5 out of 5

    joan rawlinson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann buckler

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liezl Muller

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne k puglisi

  21. 5 out of 5

    Norma Lynch

  22. 5 out of 5

    c.a. organ

  23. 4 out of 5

    janet jackson

  24. 5 out of 5

    George lyle

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris Walsh

  26. 5 out of 5

    Val Hawkins

  27. 5 out of 5

    margaret sharples

  28. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Guthrie

  29. 4 out of 5

    maud waterworth

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Blackwell

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