free read ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB õ Beryl KingstonS so engaging and so easy to read Her characters are colourful and well rounded her dialogue authentic and the scenes she paints with her words so vivid that you almost feel like you were there I particularly enjoyed the music hall scenes with all the larger than life characters I read this book in two sittings I simply had to find out what was going to happen next in Alberto s life and I was never disappointed I am very happy to know that there is a seuel which will definitely be on my wishlistI can t recommend this book highly enough a truly heart warming olly good read Without doubt a stonking big 5I received an eArc from the publisher via Netgalley but this review is entirely unbiased and the words are my own This was such a lovely book to read I have read Beryl Kingston books before but a very long time ago so I was pleased to get a chance to read this oneIt flows along without too much effort and the story has its ups and downs ust like lifeIt made me realise that I need to read books like these now and again as it makes a pleasant change from crime and thrillers A good read set back in time Informative and entertaining Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a digital copy All opinions are my ownFirst time I have read anything by Beryl Kingston I enjoyed it uite a bit It was a nice change from the crime and mysteries I usually read Alberto Pelucci grew throughout the book The characters were well developed The scenes were wrote vividly so you could almost feel and smell I realized at the end that this is a series The book is a bit long so if you don t like series or big books this want be for you Happy Reading This is the first time i have ANYTHING BY THIS AUTHOR BUT anything by this author but the lasti have loved this a great story with great charactors that makes you feel involved5 Finished reading this Book ust this morning and what a marvelous read it has been never read Beryl Kingston before but will look out for now Fabulous characters and a book that you cannot wait to read the next bit lots of twists and turnsI Loved itLondon story with a difference A far cry from my recent reads I really enjoyed this one I haven t read a war storydrama for a while and this made it all the refreshing Coupled with the fact that this was originally published in the 1980s this novel proves that all books are timeless and it doesn t matter what generation encounters reads the plots can still be enjoyed over the decadesThe pro. S And so when Alberto meets ueenie Dawson – exuberant sensuous star of the music halls – his ordered new life is flung into turmoil Hearts and Farthings the heart warming saga of a man torn between two women and of children born in the last bittersweet days before the war that should have ended all wars Praise for Beryl Kingston “The writing is skilful the plot is worked out to the last millimetre and the author understands how to weave dialogue. Tagonist Albert is interestingly portrayed Kingston allows
The Reader To Establish A Positive Relationshipreader to establish a positive relationship him in the opening of the novel due to the hardships he encounters Leaving Italy and his family behind Albert seeks his cousin in London and what he thinks a steady ob and the prospect of good fortunes Receiving neither of these from his cousin Albert is forced to strike it out alone His strong work ethic and endearing personality means that #eventually he is able to make a success of himself even #he is able to make a success of himself even remembering
HIS SLOVENLY COUSIN ALONG THE WAYHOWEVERslovenly cousin along the wayHowever I had grown to really like Albert and admire his resilience Kingston reveals that Albert has a cruel and ruthless streak to him As an increasingly successful businessman he does not see how many of his actions hurt the ones closest to him Albert s narrow mindedness and his negative behaviour was even shocking because I had such a positive opinion of him Such characterisation by Kingston demonstrates that even in the toughest of situations people can be tested and pushed beyond their boundariesA story covering many decades it was lovely to see how Albert s life unfolds Not always a bed of roses readers witness how life changes for Albert and his family as his fortunes grow and social living alters around him The final third of the novel is set during the First World War and I think this is the part that I found most powerful Kingston expertly captures the fear and worry of those at home coupled with the ignorance and frustration towards what was really happening in France I think what would have made this novel stronger was if the author had included time references at the start of chapters so that readers have a better awareness of the passing yearsI enjoyed reading this book and whilst this is not marked as a series the closing chapter shows that there is another episode to follow This is something I hope to read in the future to see what lies in store for Albert his family and the prospect of another World War looming Admittedly I did lose interest in the plot at times and this is my only criticism of the story It was very good as a whole but I did not find it a total page turnerA lovely story about the changes you can bring upon yourself with enough hard work and ambition This is a drama that explores the importance of family even when it feels like everything around you is a challengeI received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest revie. Character and theme and a thumping love affair into unity” The Sunday Times “Original and heartwarming” Woman's Weekly Beryl Kingston was born and brought up in Tooting the setting she recreates so vividly in Hearts and Farthings After taking her degree at London University she taught English and Drama at various London schools as well as taking some time away from teaching to bring up her three children She now lives in Sussex with her husband. Hearts and Farthings is a well written rags to riches story It is the story of the high s and lows successes and failures that follow the richly drawn characters during the time in England from the 1890s to the end of WWI It is the story of Alberto Pelucci who true to the impetuous nature which rules him throughout his life boards a ship from Italy to England to start a new life Alberto s inherent impulsiveness is accompanied by his wonderful generosity which results in his becoming a well liked and important member of his community He is not without faults however
and his life is fraught by secrets andhis life is fraught by secrets and which mar his happiness and that of those around him Thanks to Timeless Fiction and NetGalley for the ARC This is my first experience with the author Beryl Kingston and I enjoyed reading Hearts and Farthings for the most part The story content was uite good and kept me interested from start to finish although I did find some sections a bit long winded making me want to ump ahead to see what happens The characters where great and I loved the way it was IN A LANGUAGE STYLE THAT in a language style that the times places and peopleAnd of course it ended in way that you know there is coming and another book will be on its way Thank you to NetGalley and the Timeless Fiction Review Club for a free digital copy of this book to reviewThis books starts really well and the early part of Alberto s Return to Doomstar (Doomstar 2) journey to and life in England was very enjoyable The characters were brought to life well by the author and the descriptions of the places and the smells were vividHowever I found the second half of the book was less enjoyable as it became repetitive and predictable There was also an issue in Chapter 32 where the number of children going on holiday was impossible due to a death in an earlier chapterHaving researched the book after reading it I can see that this was first published in the 1980 s perhaps a current editor should have made some tweaks This is my first ever Beryl Kingston novelbut it definitely won t be the lastThis book begins in 1890 with our hero 18 year old Alberto Pelucci as he embarks on a great adventure leaving Italy to find his fortune and hopefully true love in England Weourney with him through his triumphs and disappointments his loveless marriage and his passion for a young lady called ueenie There are heartbreaks and triumphs aplentyThis is a book to get lost in Beryl Kingston s style of writing LONDON IN THE 1890s a foggy city bustling with activity and bubbling with Cockney repartee To this alien world comes Alberto Pelucci an early immigrant from distant Italy dreaming of adventure and romance Adventure enough is the verminous room of his first night’s stay in London but romance seems rewarding when the shy Alice accepts his hand Only on their wedding night does he realise that his bride will never share his passion for physical pleasure. .