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The war is over – but are their troubles just beginning? It’s 1951 and rationing is finally coming to an end. But while Liverpool is recovering from the ferocity of war, a family is about to be torn apart… Dora Rodgers is adjusting to a new life in Liverpool with her young daughters Carol and Jackie. After the fear of the war years and a difficult break up with her husb The war is over – but are their troubles just beginning? It’s 1951 and rationing is finally coming to an end. But while Liverpool is recovering from the ferocity of war, a family is about to be torn apart… Dora Rodgers is adjusting to a new life in Liverpool with her young daughters Carol and Jackie. After the fear of the war years and a difficult break up with her husband Joe, Dora is finally building a future with her children. But then an unexpected knock at the door rips her family in two. To Dora’s horror, Carol is taken away by a welfare officer to live with Joe. She is determined to fight for her child, but when a tragic accident leaves her mother in hospital, and shocking news from Joe breaks her heart again, she struggles to cope. With her family in pieces and her marriage over for good, will Dora ever manage to get her daughter Carol home where she belongs? The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is a brave and tear-jerking story of one woman’s quest to protect her family. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Annie Murray and Kitty Neale. Read what everyone’s saying about The Forgotten Family of Liverpool: ‘A fantastic story… Anyone who likes a good family saga will absolutely love this book.’ I Love Reading, 5 stars ‘WOW what a fabulous book!!… Loads of laughter and tears… A book you will not be able to put down until you finish it, for that reason I had sleepless nights!! I can’t recommend it highly enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Pam has written a fabulous sequel which I simply couldn’t put down… I loved every minute of it.’ A Writer’s Journey, 5 stars ‘Beautifully written… Tugs at your heartstrings, so have your tissues ready! I can’t wait until the next one is out!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘I've read heaps of saga books in the last few years… this series really stands out from all the rest… I enjoyed every bit of this emotional, honest, gritty, raw and endearing story.’ Shaz’s Book Blog, 4 stars ‘A real page-turner that will test your emotions.’ Ali the Dragon Slayer, 5 stars ‘Honestly one of the best family sagas I have ever read.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I really loved this story.’ Books from Dusk Till Dawn, 5 stars ‘I loved this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Pam Howes has a fantastic knack of bringing her characters to life… This book was one I just didn’t want to put down until I’d finished it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Loved this book and thoroughly recommend it. Fantastic characters and a book which I enjoyed from the first page.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I read a lot of family sagas but this is my first by this author, but definitely won’t be the last! Really enjoyed it, great writing!<


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The war is over – but are their troubles just beginning? It’s 1951 and rationing is finally coming to an end. But while Liverpool is recovering from the ferocity of war, a family is about to be torn apart… Dora Rodgers is adjusting to a new life in Liverpool with her young daughters Carol and Jackie. After the fear of the war years and a difficult break up with her husb The war is over – but are their troubles just beginning? It’s 1951 and rationing is finally coming to an end. But while Liverpool is recovering from the ferocity of war, a family is about to be torn apart… Dora Rodgers is adjusting to a new life in Liverpool with her young daughters Carol and Jackie. After the fear of the war years and a difficult break up with her husband Joe, Dora is finally building a future with her children. But then an unexpected knock at the door rips her family in two. To Dora’s horror, Carol is taken away by a welfare officer to live with Joe. She is determined to fight for her child, but when a tragic accident leaves her mother in hospital, and shocking news from Joe breaks her heart again, she struggles to cope. With her family in pieces and her marriage over for good, will Dora ever manage to get her daughter Carol home where she belongs? The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is a brave and tear-jerking story of one woman’s quest to protect her family. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Annie Murray and Kitty Neale. Read what everyone’s saying about The Forgotten Family of Liverpool: ‘A fantastic story… Anyone who likes a good family saga will absolutely love this book.’ I Love Reading, 5 stars ‘WOW what a fabulous book!!… Loads of laughter and tears… A book you will not be able to put down until you finish it, for that reason I had sleepless nights!! I can’t recommend it highly enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Pam has written a fabulous sequel which I simply couldn’t put down… I loved every minute of it.’ A Writer’s Journey, 5 stars ‘Beautifully written… Tugs at your heartstrings, so have your tissues ready! I can’t wait until the next one is out!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘I've read heaps of saga books in the last few years… this series really stands out from all the rest… I enjoyed every bit of this emotional, honest, gritty, raw and endearing story.’ Shaz’s Book Blog, 4 stars ‘A real page-turner that will test your emotions.’ Ali the Dragon Slayer, 5 stars ‘Honestly one of the best family sagas I have ever read.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I really loved this story.’ Books from Dusk Till Dawn, 5 stars ‘I loved this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Pam Howes has a fantastic knack of bringing her characters to life… This book was one I just didn’t want to put down until I’d finished it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Loved this book and thoroughly recommend it. Fantastic characters and a book which I enjoyed from the first page.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I read a lot of family sagas but this is my first by this author, but definitely won’t be the last! Really enjoyed it, great writing!<

30 review for The Forgotten Family of Liverpool

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    A lovely tale of family dynamic, friendship, love and heartbreak beautified by heartwarming Scouse words and phrases alongside great character development. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this beautiful book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    After reading and thoroughly enjoying book one in the series I couldn’t wait for book 2 and book 3. I know it’s naughty of me as a reviewer but I wanted to read one after the other. I wanted to savour them. They are so good. It’s not a straight forward drama/saga, it’s very much more than that. And some. In book 2 we go through the emotional stresses of Dora and indeed of Joe. When Dora had found out that Joe had an affair she knew she could never forgive him. Dora is now adjusting to life as a singl After reading and thoroughly enjoying book one in the series I couldn’t wait for book 2 and book 3. I know it’s naughty of me as a reviewer but I wanted to read one after the other. I wanted to savour them. They are so good. It’s not a straight forward drama/saga, it’s very much more than that. And some. In book 2 we go through the emotional stresses of Dora and indeed of Joe. When Dora had found out that Joe had an affair she knew she could never forgive him. Dora is now adjusting to life as a single parent to Carl and Jackie although Joe is still on the scene for his children and supports them. Dora finds a home to rent in not such a savoury area but with the help and support of friends she manages. But then one day a knock comes on the door. It’s the Welfare coming to take one of her daughters. Carol. Whose complained about her? She’s a good mother. The arrangement is that Carol goes to live with her dad, Joe and until things change she’s not allowed to be with her mother. I saw how this brought in a resentment as Carol thought her mother didn’t want her anymore. And it was awful to see how Carol shunned her mother at times and wanted to “go home”. Will this family ever get a break, so much emotional drama. It’s an emotional journey you take with this family. You will need your tissues. You get so involved with this family you can’t help but root for them. My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is the second book in a family saga featuring Dora. I would recommend reading The Lost Daughter of Liverpool prior to reading this, not because you can’t read this as a stand alone, as the author covers enough back ground so the reader doesn’t feel they are missing out, but because it is such a wonderful book and one that should be read. After finishing the first book in the saga, I was dying to catch back up with Dora and her family again. Poor Dora has been through so much and thought it w This is the second book in a family saga featuring Dora. I would recommend reading The Lost Daughter of Liverpool prior to reading this, not because you can’t read this as a stand alone, as the author covers enough back ground so the reader doesn’t feel they are missing out, but because it is such a wonderful book and one that should be read. After finishing the first book in the saga, I was dying to catch back up with Dora and her family again. Poor Dora has been through so much and thought it was time that she had a bit of luck for a change. As soon as little Carol is taken off her though, I knew this was not going to be the case. I couldn’t think of anything worse than having a child taken off me. I really felt Dora’s pain. Everyone knows what a good mum she is to the girls so to have this happen was just heart breaking. As much as I love Joe, Dora’s estranged husband, my feeling of wanting to give him a good slap hasn’t changed from the first book. The fact he can’t see through Ivy who is hell bent on making him hers, really riled me. She is a horrible woman and my dislike for her has only grown more also. What I love about these books are that they are very much about family, relationships and working life. Even though this is set not long after the war, the worries and issues that Dora has, are sadly very much ones that happen in today’s world. There is certainly a lot that readers will have either been through or can easily sympathise with. The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is yet another enthralling read that I couldn’t put down. Roll on book three so I can catch up again with them all soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

      I have to admit that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first book in this trilogy, but feel that I was given enough back ground information in the story that covered the key points for me to fully fall in love with the characters in this book. This part of the story begins in 1951 with Dora juggling life as a working single mum of two young daughters, Carol and Jackie after leaving her two timing husband Joe. Now I am not siding with Joe here but he is really a nice bloke, easily lead a   I have to admit that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first book in this trilogy, but feel that I was given enough back ground information in the story that covered the key points for me to fully fall in love with the characters in this book. This part of the story begins in 1951 with Dora juggling life as a working single mum of two young daughters, Carol and Jackie after leaving her two timing husband Joe. Now I am not siding with Joe here but he is really a nice bloke, easily lead and a bit blinkered yes, but he does love Dora and his girls. His one night of madness with a work colleague had cost him greatly. A knock on the door would further destroy Dora and put yet another wedge between them. Someone had reported the Dora to child services and Carol was taken from her and handed over to her husband. No investigation or even telling her what exactly had been said. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and Dora got a new determination like she had never had before. She would bring her girls back together. This is a story about one hell of a strong woman, at a time that if you had kids you were expected to be able to raise them and provide for their needs. Dora, a seamstress, worked all the hours she could with neighbours helping with child care and an understanding employer. I really loved this story that made me want to cheer some of the characters on and hiss and boo others. I really wanted true love to surface and all be good in Dora, Joe and the girls lives but there was always the other woman with her sharpened claws just using every known reason going to win Joe back. Pam Howes doesn’t just describe an era she has captured a time when pride and doing the ‘right thing’ even if it was the wrong thing, was what a gentleman did. Dora on the other hand was really quite a pioneer of her time, in what was a still very male dominated world. I am not only looking forward to the next book to find out more about Dora and Joe but also of their girls that are rapidly growing up too. Will little Jackie still be performing? This story closes in 1957. I wish to thank Bookouture and Netgalley for an ARC of this book which I have reviewed fairly and honestly

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vicki - I Love Reading

    Another Bookouture beauty. Before reading this book I need to give you a little bit of advice. ​Lock the door, unplug the phone, turn any laptops, mobile phones off. Make yourself a cuppa and maybe grab a bar of chocolate, then find the comfiest seat in the house. Then get going, once you start this book it's difficult to put it down, I felt like I was traveling back in time, and going on another journey with Dora. A journey of life, the ups and downs of family life. What an amazing story this w Another Bookouture beauty. Before reading this book I need to give you a little bit of advice. ​Lock the door, unplug the phone, turn any laptops, mobile phones off. Make yourself a cuppa and maybe grab a bar of chocolate, then find the comfiest seat in the house. Then get going, once you start this book it's difficult to put it down, I felt like I was traveling back in time, and going on another journey with Dora. A journey of life, the ups and downs of family life. What an amazing story this was. ​Dora is facing life as a single mother, trying to work and juggle child care, her life is ripped apart again when one of her daughters is taken away from her, Carol has to go and live with her father Joe. Someone has reported Dora and she doesn't know who. ​The fight is on, Dora wants her daughter back, and she'll fight tooth and nail to do so. ​I loved the suspense through this book, wondering how things were going to turn out, which decisions would change things for ever. ​A fantastic story, a family saga that I just loved. A real change for me as I read so much crime fiction, this was a refreshing change. After reading the first book in this series The Lost Daughter of Liverpool  I was really looking forward to this one, and when I received an ARC of the book I couldn't wait to start it. ​I really was dragged into this story, the characters are done just perfectly, you love the ones that need loving and hate the ones that need hating. There were times in this book that I could just imagine being there. ​I think I'm going on to much now, so I'll just say again 'This book is well worth reading' ​Anyone who likes a good family saga will absolutely love this book. I guess you could read it as a stand alone, but personally I would advise that you read the first book before starting this one, but that is just my personal opinion. And I know I'm right. Happy reading. Pam Howes - I can't wait for the next one. ​Thanks to Bookouture for the ARC of this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    Set in post war Liverpool Pam Howes sets the scene perfectly for this twisted family saga. The characterisation was brilliant and I really found myself routing for Dora having her marriage fail and allegations made against her resulting in her child been taken away but who would do such a thing and why? and what else could happen?. I love how the story comes alive with the portrayal of the close community spirit, every day chatter with neighbours, the Queens coronation and excitement of having a t Set in post war Liverpool Pam Howes sets the scene perfectly for this twisted family saga. The characterisation was brilliant and I really found myself routing for Dora having her marriage fail and allegations made against her resulting in her child been taken away but who would do such a thing and why? and what else could happen?. I love how the story comes alive with the portrayal of the close community spirit, every day chatter with neighbours, the Queens coronation and excitement of having a television. Its a real roller coaster of a story that pulls deep on your heart strings. An enjoyable read. My thanks go to the author, publisher and Netgalley in providing this arc in return for a honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Booklover BEV

    Loved it This was a wonderful book enjoyed the first about Dora and family friends and neighbours but loved the second even more. Dora is a strong woman that fights for what she wants always there for others as well as carrying her own troubles. Heartbreaking times happy times emotional times all the way through reading I shed a few tears along the way but just couldn't put it down looking forward to the next book by this author very much. I felt part of the story as I was reading loving the way Loved it This was a wonderful book enjoyed the first about Dora and family friends and neighbours but loved the second even more. Dora is a strong woman that fights for what she wants always there for others as well as carrying her own troubles. Heartbreaking times happy times emotional times all the way through reading I shed a few tears along the way but just couldn't put it down looking forward to the next book by this author very much. I felt part of the story as I was reading loving the way of the sixties the era that I was born

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Lambert

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting Pam Howes’ sequel to Lost Daughter of Liverpool. Having really enjoyed the exciting start to the trilogy in February, I wondered what was in store for Dora, Joe and the totally awful Ivy. It’s now 1951 and Dora is living alone with her two young daughters Carol and Jackie. Despite wanting her back, Joe is learning that his one night stand with Ivy has cost him dearly. But it’s not only being unable to cope with his infidelity that’s holding Dora back. After the trauma o I’ve been eagerly awaiting Pam Howes’ sequel to Lost Daughter of Liverpool. Having really enjoyed the exciting start to the trilogy in February, I wondered what was in store for Dora, Joe and the totally awful Ivy. It’s now 1951 and Dora is living alone with her two young daughters Carol and Jackie. Despite wanting her back, Joe is learning that his one night stand with Ivy has cost him dearly. But it’s not only being unable to cope with his infidelity that’s holding Dora back. After the trauma of losing her baby, she can’t face getting pregnant again and won’t entertain having a hysterectomy. It seems, therefore, things have reached a stalemate. For his part, Joe has kept Ivy at a distance, accepting her friendship but nothing else. Ivy, however, has other ideas. Dora is a tough heroine. Times are hard and she hits a lot of bumps on her journey to keep her little family together. Joe is lovely but just a little naïve. There were moments when I wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake him. Why couldn’t he see what Ivy was doing? And Ivy, well she’s an absolute masterpiece. A complete bitch. I absolutely hated her and am hoping when we reach book three she will get her comeuppance. Pam has written a fabulous sequel which I simply couldn’t put down. The only criticism I have is that I now have to wait for the third book in the series to see how the story ends. I would like to thank NetGalley for an ARC of The Forgotten Family of Liverpool and say I loved every minute of it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I was born at the end of 1951 so its like looking back into the past, although my mother wasn't as desperate as Dora probably some of our neighbours who had a few children would be. Dora has had lots of hurdles to overcome but she is very determined to give her girls the best start in life no matter what. I can't wait to find out how their lives unfold in the next book. Thank you for the ARC I loved this book I was born at the end of 1951 so its like looking back into the past, although my mother wasn't as desperate as Dora probably some of our neighbours who had a few children would be. Dora has had lots of hurdles to overcome but she is very determined to give her girls the best start in life no matter what. I can't wait to find out how their lives unfold in the next book. Thank you for the ARC I loved this book

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this review copy. This is the second book in The Mersey Trilogy series. This can be read as a standalone, but it would make more sense for the story to be read in order. The first book in the series is The Lost Daughter of Liverpool. We return to Dora’s story in the second instalment of the series. The end of the first book was left on a cliffhanger (I won’t say what that was in case you haven’t read the first one). Dora is trying to live her life as a Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this review copy. This is the second book in The Mersey Trilogy series. This can be read as a standalone, but it would make more sense for the story to be read in order. The first book in the series is The Lost Daughter of Liverpool. We return to Dora’s story in the second instalment of the series. The end of the first book was left on a cliffhanger (I won’t say what that was in case you haven’t read the first one). Dora is trying to live her life as a single mother, but things never seem to go smoothly for her. Even when things look on the up, something happens which brings it all back down again. Joe still features in her life and she is undecided whether she should go back to him and make their marriage work. I loved the first book in this series, and this one is just as good. This book continues to be set in 1950’s Liverpool. They are a few years out of wartime and rationing has now gone, but the effects of war still live strong with Dora and her children having to move to a street that has suffered so much devastation during the bombing raids. Things we take for granted now, such as chocolate and inside bathrooms, are so well described that it’s difficult to think how these people coped. The characters are so well read and you feel for them all, even Ivy to a certain degree! Beautifully written, the story takes you right back to the era and tugs at your heartstrings, so have your tissues ready! Again the book is left on another cliffhanger ready for the final book of the series, although I hope the series continues after the third book! I can’t wait until the next one is out!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma Crowley

    Ever since that tense ending to The Lost Daughter of Liverpool by Pam Howes I was desperate to find out just what was next in store for the incredible woman that is Dora Rodgers. I loved the first story but was very frustrated that it had ended on such a cliff hanger as we were given a sneak peek of the first chapter of the second in the Mersey Trilogy The Forgotten Family of Liverpool. If anything it certainly guaranteed that I would be back to discover what happened in the next instalment and Ever since that tense ending to The Lost Daughter of Liverpool by Pam Howes I was desperate to find out just what was next in store for the incredible woman that is Dora Rodgers. I loved the first story but was very frustrated that it had ended on such a cliff hanger as we were given a sneak peek of the first chapter of the second in the Mersey Trilogy The Forgotten Family of Liverpool. If anything it certainly guaranteed that I would be back to discover what happened in the next instalment and after only five months of waiting I was very keen to begin this story and uncover if life for Dora could anyway settle down or was there plenty more things waiting around the corner to conspire against the happy, contended life she so deserved? I've read heaps of saga books in the last few years, some good some not so, but this series really stands out from all the rest. The war is over and I am glad that for once we are reading a story where we see how people are dealing with the aftermath and the following years and adjusting to a new way of life. But also the fact that this book centres around one family, and specifically Dora, means there is not so many strands you have to follow. Tackling such relevant issues as mental health and the breakdown of a marriage is also to be applauded considering how taboo the topics would have been at the time. The author centres all her attention on Dora, her immediate family and the problems they encounter. Therefore I feel Pam Howes always stays on track and is not one for much repetition. The books are highly readable (I know there had only been two so far) and I find once you start it's the kind of story where you say to yourself just one more chapter and then before you know it you are more than halfway through the book. As with any book in a series of course you can read this as a stand alone but to truly enhance your reading experience do read the first book before hand. I know myself if presented with a series I don't think I would pick it up in the middle I would rather start from the beginning and honestly if you don't read the first instalment you are missing out on a truly fantastic read. I found myself easily settling back into Dora's life and even if I hadn't there was enough info within the first few chapters to remind me of everything that had gone before. Dora has already been very much through the mill and I could sense there was plenty more in store for her. When we meet her again Dora is raising her two young girls Carol and Jackie. Her separation from Joe is still in place. This really killed me that a couple who everyone could see should really be together were apart. I understood Dora's reasons and could sense her fear and apprehension about what could happen if they got back together. Yet surely love could override everything. But Dora had been deeply affected, both mentally and physically, by everything she had previously been through and maybe she wasn't ready to move forward as a family given what had happened in the recent past. Just when you think some sort of happiness is in place social services arrive following a complaint and Carol is taken away. Is Ivy up to her old tricks again? I thought how could one woman cope with so much and still stay standing but that's one thing about Dora in this book she was much stronger and more together and coped with things admirably. I couldn't imagine anything worse than your child being taking away from you even though you know the accusations to be untrue. Dora to me was even more mature in this book. She accepted responsibility well and I think she wanted everything to be right because she was just too fearful to go back to the way she felt in the first book. There was fight and a determined spirit here which hadn't been as previously apparent. She wasn't going to take things lying down and she wanted her daughter back with her. She was not one to be walked over. Where as much as I loved Joe and wanted him to be back with Dora he just came across as being led by his head rather than his heart. He was very much under Ivy's thumb. They work at the same factory but I believed if he wanted a united family he should have kept away from her. Ivy was just as bad in this story if not worse. Evil, skilfully manipulative, spiteful and unpleasant are just some of the words I would use to describe her. She did nothing to endear herself to anyone. She had Joe under her thumb and if she ever felt him slipping away she always had something up her sleeve with which to reel him back in. I didn't like the way the Joe and Ivy strand of the story developed. It wasn't going in the direction I had wanted it to. I feel so invested in Dora's story considering how I felt about book one that all I wanted was a happy outcome and just as something positive starts to happen or a ray of light appears there again along comes something to dash Dora's hopes and dreams, to put a spanner in the works. Given this is a trilogy I know things can't be wrapped easily but still some lasting not fleeting happiness would be nice to see. Dora's independence and talent began to shine through the deeper I got into the story. I felt she used her initiative and she knew she had to make things better for herself if she wanted to get Carol back. I loved how friends of hers who we had already met made a reappearance and were there to support her but also how new characters were introduced especially in the form of Samuel and Esther. They became like substitute parents to Dora given her fathers passing and her mother's deteriorating health. Samuel and Esther allowed Dora to indulge in her passion for sewing creating garments. They saw her talent and abilities and wanted to let her shine. They became her support system and back up when times got tough and it was a lovely to see such a friendship/relationship develop. Although events towards the end of the book made me sad and annoyed at what was unfolding. One character who I felt really stepped up to the plate more than ever was Dora's brother Frank. What an incredible guy. He had suffered his own trauma but still at every step of the way was there for Dora doing anything he was asked no matter how big or small to make life that little bit easier for her. He was amazing with Carol and Jackie but still I thought it was slightly disappointing that the romance element of his story didn't move forward at all in this book. The Forgotten Family of Liverpool was a brilliant follow up to The Lost Daughter of Liverpool. I can't say one was better than the other because they were both equally as good. There is a danger with a series of it losing steam or having no where to go, too much can be packed into the first book leaving mere filling in to follow. Thankfully that wasn't the case here and I enjoyed every bit of this emotional, honest, gritty, raw and endearing story. I'm very interested to see what the next step will be in Dora's journey when the third and final instalment is published. Hopefully we will discover all the answers before the year is out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Forgotten Family of Liverpool by Pam Howes is the second installment in The Mersey Trilogy. The story starts in June of 1952. Dora Rodgers is a dressmaker in Liverpool, England living with her two daughters, Carol and Jackie. She has recently separated from her husband, Joe after he had an affair with Ivy Bennett. Ivy and Joe work at the Royal Ordnance Factory which provides the house Dora is living in with the girls. One afternoon there is a knock at the door and Dora opens it to find a Mr. The Forgotten Family of Liverpool by Pam Howes is the second installment in The Mersey Trilogy. The story starts in June of 1952. Dora Rodgers is a dressmaker in Liverpool, England living with her two daughters, Carol and Jackie. She has recently separated from her husband, Joe after he had an affair with Ivy Bennett. Ivy and Joe work at the Royal Ordnance Factory which provides the house Dora is living in with the girls. One afternoon there is a knock at the door and Dora opens it to find a Mr. Oliver from Department of Children’s Welfare. They have received a complaint about Carol being neglected and that her behavior has deteriorated. Mr. Oliver is removing Carol from Dora’s care and into Joe’s. Dora is not allowed any contact with Carol. Dora is determined to fight for her daughter but circumstances work against her. Dora moves forward with her life while working to improve her circumstances and get Carol returned to her care. But Dora’s journey along life’s highway will be filled with hairpin curves, potholes and speed bumps. See how Dora fares in The Forgotten Family of Liverpool. The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is well-written and has a nice, steady pace. The characters and their situations are realistic. I could easily put myself into Dora’s shoes (not Ivy’s though). It is an emotional story that draws readers into the lives of the Rodgers’ family. While this is the second story in The Mersey Trilogy, The Forgotten Family of Liverpool can be read alone. I did not have the pleasure of reading The Lost Daughter of Liverpool, and I had no problem. Readers are brought up-to-date on what has occurred in the characters’ lives. My rating for The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is 4.25 out of 5 stars (I liked this story). The book does contain British slang and terminology. Most of the terms meanings (or American counterpart) can be discerned from the text. The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is a heartfelt story that will have you cheering for Dora and hoping for the worst to happen to Ivy. Fans of Donna Douglas, Rosie Clarke, and Nadine Dorries, will enjoy reading The Forgotten Family of Liverpool.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sue McQuaide Kitt

    The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is book two in the Mercey Trilogy and is honestly one of the best family saga’s I have ever read. This book is told between 1951 – 1957 and Dora is just coming to terms with being a single mom when her world is once again torn apart when her oldest daughter Carol is removed from her by child welfare. A good and devoted mom, Dora is heartbroken and determined to get her daughter back. As I mentioned about book one, The Forgotten Family of Liverpool just has it all The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is book two in the Mercey Trilogy and is honestly one of the best family saga’s I have ever read. This book is told between 1951 – 1957 and Dora is just coming to terms with being a single mom when her world is once again torn apart when her oldest daughter Carol is removed from her by child welfare. A good and devoted mom, Dora is heartbroken and determined to get her daughter back. As I mentioned about book one, The Forgotten Family of Liverpool just has it all love, heartbreak, obsession, loss, hope and many, many tears. I didn’t think it possible, but this one is even better than the first one, simply brilliant. Fantastic characters that I fell in love with ...... well, apart from one hateful factory cook !!!! Roll on book three so I can find out how one of my favourite fictional families are getting on. Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased and voluntary.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I thought that this book was simply superb, I really adored it and it most definitely pulled on my heart strings! I loved the plot and was hooked on the story from the first few pages, I wanted to know more about the characters and where the story was going – how was this family going to cope and would they get the ending I wanted for them?  I wasn’t disappointed at all and I am so glad that I picked this book up, definitely one that I would highly recomme https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I thought that this book was simply superb, I really adored it and it most definitely pulled on my heart strings! I loved the plot and was hooked on the story from the first few pages, I wanted to know more about the characters and where the story was going – how was this family going to cope and would they get the ending I wanted for them?  I wasn’t disappointed at all and I am so glad that I picked this book up, definitely one that I would highly recommend – no hesitation in giving the book 5 stars!!  This is the second in the trilogy and can easily be read as a stand alone (I haven’t read the first book yet but will be picking that one up shortly to get the full story on this fascinating family, ready for reading the third instalment in the series when it is released!)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Lomazow

    I was drawn in from the first pages Dora a single mother struggling to get by raising her two young daughters separated from her husband Joe.One day there is a knock on the door the police someone has called child services to complain about her treatment of her older daughter.Her child is taken from her &Sputnik in her ex husband joes custody and the drama begins.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    My Conclusion: Relationships play a HUGE part throughout this story. I love when authors can get a historical time period to feel authentic and everything about this story felt perfect. The characters themselves, are all so well written that I feel this would make and excellent movie. And it would be good to see one of this era on screen. When I finally arrive at the back of the book I realize this was the second part of trilogy. And, I'm floored. This book was perfect and a trilogy is well wort My Conclusion: Relationships play a HUGE part throughout this story. I love when authors can get a historical time period to feel authentic and everything about this story felt perfect. The characters themselves, are all so well written that I feel this would make and excellent movie. And it would be good to see one of this era on screen. When I finally arrive at the back of the book I realize this was the second part of trilogy. And, I'm floored. This book was perfect and a trilogy is well worth the read and would allow for a great mini series. I haven't read anything else by Pam Howes but I'll be checking out more of her books in the near future. FTC Reviewed for Net Galley (Complete review on my blog)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. What a great read, couldn't put it down really enjoyed it. Never read any other books by this author but can't wait to read book three of the trilogy! I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. What a great read, couldn't put it down really enjoyed it. Never read any other books by this author but can't wait to read book three of the trilogy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    I was so excited to start this book and it was just as good as the first book in the trilogy. Pam Howes has a fantastic knack of bringing her characters to life. I could at times imagine being in the era the way everything was described. This book was one I just didn't want to put down until I'd finished it. There was happiness, laughter and tears in the book. I received an ARC from the publisher Bookouture and my review is entirely based on my own honest opinion. For those of you who have not rea I was so excited to start this book and it was just as good as the first book in the trilogy. Pam Howes has a fantastic knack of bringing her characters to life. I could at times imagine being in the era the way everything was described. This book was one I just didn't want to put down until I'd finished it. There was happiness, laughter and tears in the book. I received an ARC from the publisher Bookouture and my review is entirely based on my own honest opinion. For those of you who have not read the first book in the trilogy - 'The Lost Daughter of Liverpool' I recommend you read it before this one .

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Really enjoyed this book even more than the first one. It continues the story throughout. the 1950's of Dora & Joe Rodgers and their two daughters, Carol & Jackie. There are also some new characters who become an integral part of the book. Really enjoyed this book even more than the first one. It continues the story throughout. the 1950's of Dora & Joe Rodgers and their two daughters, Carol & Jackie. There are also some new characters who become an integral part of the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jill Robbertze

    Book 2 of this trillogy and I'm not going to bother with the third. This family saga is an easy pleasant read but somewhat boring and very superficial. Book 2 of this trillogy and I'm not going to bother with the third. This family saga is an easy pleasant read but somewhat boring and very superficial.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I have been looking forward to catching up with Dora and her family ever since I read The Lost Daughter of Liverpool a few months ago. We are back with the second in the trilogy The Forgotten Family of Liverpool. It was a pleasure to meet up with all the characters again just like popping next door for a cup of tea and a chin-wag. I would strongly suggest reading these books on order because you won’t want to miss the foundation of the story. After much drama, tension and tragedy previously, Dora I have been looking forward to catching up with Dora and her family ever since I read The Lost Daughter of Liverpool a few months ago. We are back with the second in the trilogy The Forgotten Family of Liverpool. It was a pleasure to meet up with all the characters again just like popping next door for a cup of tea and a chin-wag. I would strongly suggest reading these books on order because you won’t want to miss the foundation of the story. After much drama, tension and tragedy previously, Dora, Joe and the girls, Carol and Jackie are now in the 1950’s, post war and trying to get on with life. Liverpool is still poor, work is scarce but community spirit lives on. Dora is still estranged from Jack which is a shame because they are blatantly meant to be together, Dora’s Mam and brother Frank still feature highly and unfortunately so does snake in the grass Ivy. I loathe and detest that woman but she seems intent on causing trouble still. She is the kind of character that I could cheerfully slap but she adds a certain something to the plot! I really enjoyed the day to day gossip and antics of these folk. Particularly liked the attention to detail about the Queen’s coronation and the excitement of having a television that the whole street would gather round to watch and the bad picture reception .. I have heard that so many times from my older family members it was like being there. While life seems overly cruel for Dora she certainly has more than her fair share of bad karma it still makes for an absorbing read and I love embarking on the saga knowing I will be fully immersed in their world for the duration. A real page turner that will test your emotions .. I’m looking forward to the next book already. Thanks to Pam, Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  22. 4 out of 5

    mois reads

    Fantastic book This was as good as the first book now need next instalment hopefully soon definitely worth 5 stars just waiting for ivy to get her just deserts and Joe to come to his senses and send her packing excellent book book readers give it a try

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vicki - I Love Reading

    Another Bookouture beauty. Before reading this book I need to give you a little bit of advice. ​Lock the door, unplug the phone, turn any laptops, mobile phones off. Make yourself a cuppa and maybe grab a bar of chocolate, then find the comfiest seat in the house. Then get going, once you start this book it's difficult to put it down, I felt like I was traveling back in time, and going on another journey with Dora. A journey of life, the ups and downs of family life. What an amazing story this w Another Bookouture beauty. Before reading this book I need to give you a little bit of advice. ​Lock the door, unplug the phone, turn any laptops, mobile phones off. Make yourself a cuppa and maybe grab a bar of chocolate, then find the comfiest seat in the house. Then get going, once you start this book it's difficult to put it down, I felt like I was traveling back in time, and going on another journey with Dora. A journey of life, the ups and downs of family life. What an amazing story this was. ​Dora is facing life as a single mother, trying to work and juggle child care, her life is ripped apart again when one of her daughters is taken away from her, Carol has to go and live with her father Joe. Someone has reported Dora and she doesn't know who. ​The fight is on, Dora wants her daughter back, and she'll fight tooth and nail to do so. ​I loved the suspense through this book, wondering how things were going to turn out, which decisions would change things for ever. ​A fantastic story, a family saga that I just loved. A real change for me as I read so much crime fiction, this was a refreshing change. After reading the first book in this series The Lost Daughter of Liverpool I was really looking forward to this one, and when I received an ARC of the book I couldn't wait to start it. ​I really was dragged into this story, the characters are done just perfectly, you love the ones that need loving and hate the ones that need hating. There were times in this book that I could just imagine being there. ​I think I'm going on to much now, so I'll just say again 'This book is well worth reading' ​Anyone who likes a good family saga will absolutely love this book. I guess you could read it as a stand alone, but personally I would advise that you read the first book before starting this one, but that is just my personal opinion. And I know I'm right. Happy reading. Pam Howes - I can't wait for the next one. ​Thanks to Bookouture for the ARC of this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thank you Bookouture and Netgalley for a copy of this book. This is the 2nd book in The Mersey Trilogy. I was really looking forward to reading this as, I had read the first one in this series and loved it. If you love family sagas this book is a must read. The story continues about Dora Rodgers, her estranged husband Joe and daughters Carol and Jackie. Dora is now a single mother after Joe having a fling with Ivy. Dora doesn't trust Joe no more. When one day Social services comes and takes Carol Thank you Bookouture and Netgalley for a copy of this book. This is the 2nd book in The Mersey Trilogy. I was really looking forward to reading this as, I had read the first one in this series and loved it. If you love family sagas this book is a must read. The story continues about Dora Rodgers, her estranged husband Joe and daughters Carol and Jackie. Dora is now a single mother after Joe having a fling with Ivy. Dora doesn't trust Joe no more. When one day Social services comes and takes Carol away saying that a complaint has been made and Joe takes custody of her. Dora vows to get Carol back. If that isn't enough Dora mother has a fall and ends up in hospital. But, they discover that it wasn't and accident that she was actually burgled. The police hunt for who did it. As they have discovered that there has been other similar incidents. Then good news in Dora life when she gets a job in a shop designing clothes. Dora is in her element. She loves the job. Things are looking up. I loved this book, liked the first one in this trilogy. This is a heart warming and heart wrenching mixture of emotions. It is also a suspenseful read. I loved all the different characters and they way the life was. They all made do with what they had. I could'nt put it down. I can't wait for the third book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hannelore Cheney

    Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the eARC. The sequel to The Lost Daughter of Liverpool, this book is heartwarming, sad and uplifting. The heroine, Dora, is a testament to all loving mothers who will never stop fighting for their children. The description of 1950's Liverpool is vivid. The residents are coping with life after the war, trying to get their lives back to normal. Dora, after separating from her adulterous husband Joe, finds life trying as she looks after her 2 girls while barely Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the eARC. The sequel to The Lost Daughter of Liverpool, this book is heartwarming, sad and uplifting. The heroine, Dora, is a testament to all loving mothers who will never stop fighting for their children. The description of 1950's Liverpool is vivid. The residents are coping with life after the war, trying to get their lives back to normal. Dora, after separating from her adulterous husband Joe, finds life trying as she looks after her 2 girls while barely making a living as a seamstress. After the devastation of having her older daughter taken from her by a stunning complaint regarding maltreatment, she enters in the fight of her life to get the girl back. The love and care her mother, brother and good friends offer helps her in overcoming unbelievable odds. The scheming against her by Joe's 'girlfriend' made me want to scream, what a nasty piece of work! It's a lovely book, and I am anxiously awaiting the next chapter of Dora's life; hopefully it won't be long!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shell Baker

    The Forgotten Family Of Liverpool is the second book in the series. Having my eyes opened to a new genre with the first book I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one. I couldn't put it down devouring it in one day I have to say this one is also fantastic, I flipping loved it. The author takes us back to 1951 where we catch up with Dora who I can totally relate to. The author has yet again done a brilliant job of making the characters come to life with real life situations. I love the style of w The Forgotten Family Of Liverpool is the second book in the series. Having my eyes opened to a new genre with the first book I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one. I couldn't put it down devouring it in one day I have to say this one is also fantastic, I flipping loved it. The author takes us back to 1951 where we catch up with Dora who I can totally relate to. The author has yet again done a brilliant job of making the characters come to life with real life situations. I love the style of writing making me feel right there in the story. If you haven't already checked out this series you don't know what you are missing. It is utterly addictive and will take you on a whirlwind of emotions.By the way you you might want to keep some tissues at hand It certainly pulled at my heartstrings. I am just gutted that I have to wait for the next one. I get the feeling that is will be something spectacular. I cannot recommend it enough giving it 5 massive well deserved stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Davies

    Nora Rodgers is a seamstress who is trying to bring her two daughters Carol & Jackie up in the 1950's. Nora has separated from her husband Joe after he had an affair with Ivy (a women he works with). When Social Services have turned up on the doorstep to say they have reports that Dora is mistreating her daughter Carol and she must have no contact with her, and Carol will go into full-time custody of Joe. Has Ivy been reporting her and making up lies, if not Ivy who would be so cruel??? This is Dor Nora Rodgers is a seamstress who is trying to bring her two daughters Carol & Jackie up in the 1950's. Nora has separated from her husband Joe after he had an affair with Ivy (a women he works with). When Social Services have turned up on the doorstep to say they have reports that Dora is mistreating her daughter Carol and she must have no contact with her, and Carol will go into full-time custody of Joe. Has Ivy been reporting her and making up lies, if not Ivy who would be so cruel??? This is Dora's story of bringing up her daughters in the 1950's and the struggles she must go through to try and get her family back together. Well written the a smooth paced storyline, with likeable characters. This can be read as a stand alone or with the set.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I read the first in this series earlier in the year and reviewed it as not being my sort of book. Well I decided to read the first one again and whether I was in a different frame of mind I don’t know, but I enjoyed it, ordered this second one and raced through it and am now about to read the final one in this triology. I became completely captivated by the main characters, Joe and Dora and their family trials and the next one is set at a time when I was a teenager so will relate to this period I read the first in this series earlier in the year and reviewed it as not being my sort of book. Well I decided to read the first one again and whether I was in a different frame of mind I don’t know, but I enjoyed it, ordered this second one and raced through it and am now about to read the final one in this triology. I became completely captivated by the main characters, Joe and Dora and their family trials and the next one is set at a time when I was a teenager so will relate to this period too.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    The Forgotten Family of Liverpool is a good read set in post war time Liverpool. Through deception, and one persons revenge, tear a family apart. It is many a persons fear to have your child removed from your care by welfare services, but add to this, to have underlying circumstances that rely on trust, and honesty. I found the story lacking, it seemed so set on the negatives of life, and few positives. And the ending seemed to just drop off. Over all it though it was well written.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Yes, it was a heart breaker. Nothing panned out. Joe was a prat. Ivy was a scheming bitch. The system that took Dora's eldest child was flawed and continued to be flawed in not providing accommodation for the needy characters in this story. It was wonderful to remember Liverpool as I remember it but sadly the city has never had any moment of glory in the recent decades. Visiting west derby, home of my mother and grandparents, some years ago, I found it seedy and depressing. Yes, it was a heart breaker. Nothing panned out. Joe was a prat. Ivy was a scheming bitch. The system that took Dora's eldest child was flawed and continued to be flawed in not providing accommodation for the needy characters in this story. It was wonderful to remember Liverpool as I remember it but sadly the city has never had any moment of glory in the recent decades. Visiting west derby, home of my mother and grandparents, some years ago, I found it seedy and depressing.

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