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Warwickshire, 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, Maryann is happy there – until her mother dies. Her family collapses, leaving Maryann exhausted, and Toby, the boy she is set on marrying, insists they wait. Then Maryann is offered a position as nanny to the daughter of the mill owner, Wesley Marshall, who Maryann grows unexpectedly c Warwickshire, 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, Maryann is happy there – until her mother dies. Her family collapses, leaving Maryann exhausted, and Toby, the boy she is set on marrying, insists they wait. Then Maryann is offered a position as nanny to the daughter of the mill owner, Wesley Marshall, who Maryann grows unexpectedly close to. But their relationship doesn’t go unnoticed, threatening to unleash a world of problems on them all…


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Warwickshire, 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, Maryann is happy there – until her mother dies. Her family collapses, leaving Maryann exhausted, and Toby, the boy she is set on marrying, insists they wait. Then Maryann is offered a position as nanny to the daughter of the mill owner, Wesley Marshall, who Maryann grows unexpectedly c Warwickshire, 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, Maryann is happy there – until her mother dies. Her family collapses, leaving Maryann exhausted, and Toby, the boy she is set on marrying, insists they wait. Then Maryann is offered a position as nanny to the daughter of the mill owner, Wesley Marshall, who Maryann grows unexpectedly close to. But their relationship doesn’t go unnoticed, threatening to unleash a world of problems on them all…

30 review for The Mill Girl (Unabridged Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    I enjoyed reading about Fleur. I wish the book was about a child with Down syndrome in the 1850s, I would have have enjoyed it so much more. With all the wrong ideas and prejudice and how people thought at the time, it would have been sad and heart breaking, yet triumphant in the end. But the book was about lots of other characters whom I didn't care much about. Maryanne was like a typical Mary Sue. Wesley who was the most passive leading male character I have ever read. And Toby who was just too I enjoyed reading about Fleur. I wish the book was about a child with Down syndrome in the 1850s, I would have have enjoyed it so much more. With all the wrong ideas and prejudice and how people thought at the time, it would have been sad and heart breaking, yet triumphant in the end. But the book was about lots of other characters whom I didn't care much about. Maryanne was like a typical Mary Sue. Wesley who was the most passive leading male character I have ever read. And Toby who was just too good. And of course the baddies in Florence and Hugo who were so irritating and had an unsatisfactory ending. Florence was just unbelievable for the time of the story. It could have been so much better if it concentrated on Fleur and if Wesley was a better character, instead of going in so many different directions with all the other characters. Lots of other things were happening that could have been emitted and the story would not have been affected, like Violet's storyline. It was not deep or emotional to make me feel for it, and I just didn't care much for any of the characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Another great historical saga book by Rosie Goodwin. I love these types of books. Maryann works at the mill. When her mum dies she is overrun with work and responsibility trying to run everything and look after the family. There are very dark accounts. Her boyfriend also thinks they should wait to get married. When some of her siblings get work elsewhere things look very bleak until she is offered other work. Working in the big house can still be a struggle. She is working as a nanny for the mill Another great historical saga book by Rosie Goodwin. I love these types of books. Maryann works at the mill. When her mum dies she is overrun with work and responsibility trying to run everything and look after the family. There are very dark accounts. Her boyfriend also thinks they should wait to get married. When some of her siblings get work elsewhere things look very bleak until she is offered other work. Working in the big house can still be a struggle. She is working as a nanny for the mill owner. There are many secrets being kept in the house. You feel part of the era- hoping that things are going to work out for Maryann. Many thanks to Little Brown Book Group and Net Galley for a copy of the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne Harvey

    Maryann and Toby have always had an understanding that they would one day marry. But Toby is saving for a better life for them and that must come before anything else, even when Maryann is threatened by the workhouse. Eventually, she obtains a position as nanny to the local mill owner's Downs' Syndrome daughter. She is horrified that the child's aunt has been treating the child like a prisoner and gradually helps improve her life till she becomes a happy child who adores her papa. Through many t Maryann and Toby have always had an understanding that they would one day marry. But Toby is saving for a better life for them and that must come before anything else, even when Maryann is threatened by the workhouse. Eventually, she obtains a position as nanny to the local mill owner's Downs' Syndrome daughter. She is horrified that the child's aunt has been treating the child like a prisoner and gradually helps improve her life till she becomes a happy child who adores her papa. Through many trials and tribulations (well, this is a family saga after all!) Maryann and the mill owner, Wesley, draw closer through their mutual love of the child and eventually find happiness together. A rounded well-told tale reflecting many of the attitudes of the mid-1800s. One quibble - why do we never learn the fate of Hugo, Toby's dastardly brother. I really wanted him to get his come-uppance!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Regi

    My heart was pounding to complete reading this book. I chose this book from the library randomly without any idea about it. Since I have a love for victorian aged historical fiction, the story kept me going. Particularly which tells about big mansions with lots of simple controversies. There were some nooks not revealed in full or not ended up clear. The book is entertaining, enjoyable and kept me busy in thoughts. Four sleepless hours and if I could read 300 pages. Yes I did!! ###

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristia

    I really enjoyed this book, it's the first Rosie Goodwin book I've read and wish I had picked one up sooner. I was hooked from the beginning, especially because it's set in my local area, I found it easy to have a good idea of what it was like. There was so much going on throughout the book I really couldn't put it down, from the heartache, to unexpected twists, a real page turner. I really enjoyed this book, it's the first Rosie Goodwin book I've read and wish I had picked one up sooner. I was hooked from the beginning, especially because it's set in my local area, I found it easy to have a good idea of what it was like. There was so much going on throughout the book I really couldn't put it down, from the heartache, to unexpected twists, a real page turner.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kittykorn

    I loved this book! It's a roller coaster of emotions I can tell ya. One minute your laughing, then loathing, crying for sad parts and crying at happy parts it was just pure brilliant I highly recommend this book!!!!!! I loved this book! It's a roller coaster of emotions I can tell ya. One minute your laughing, then loathing, crying for sad parts and crying at happy parts it was just pure brilliant I highly recommend this book!!!!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    One of my favourite books by Rosie Goodwin. Very well written and hard to put down. Recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Xondra Day

    Really good historical set in the 1850s with some interesting plot twists.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz Baker

    Another good read from Rosie

  10. 5 out of 5

    ELAINE STANLEY

    Brilliant Another good read from Rosie Goodwin she never lets me down I am looking forward to reading the next one

  11. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    Simple, engaging mid-Victorian tale depicting working girl with breeding beset with family dramas in a world of struggle. Values of love, loyalty and sound literacy skills surviving in a framework of struggle, risk and genteel poverty are overtaken by monied drama and simple romance surrounding a widowed benefactor with a Down'Syndrome daughter being cared for at home. Jealousy and rejection eventually overtaken by truth and affection. Very BTB. An engaging easy read. Well detailed and developed h Simple, engaging mid-Victorian tale depicting working girl with breeding beset with family dramas in a world of struggle. Values of love, loyalty and sound literacy skills surviving in a framework of struggle, risk and genteel poverty are overtaken by monied drama and simple romance surrounding a widowed benefactor with a Down'Syndrome daughter being cared for at home. Jealousy and rejection eventually overtaken by truth and affection. Very BTB. An engaging easy read. Well detailed and developed human a d social obsevation. Nothing too fanciful. Simple, clean basic philosophy of choices and resolutions featuring in the lives of us all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Bamford

    Descriptions of the conditions of the mill and the poor living conditions were realistic but some of the storylines were predictable. Worth a read if you enjoy this kind of book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    This is my favourite genre: historical family saga. I had never read a book by Rosie Goodwin before, but having just finished and loved the TV series, "The Mill" , the title really appealed to me. Maryann works hard at the local cotton mill, along with her father. Maryann's brother works in the coal mine, and her sister is still at school. Their mother is at home, weakened and unwell with the baby she is carrying. They have very little money and have suffered a lot of heartache, but they have eac This is my favourite genre: historical family saga. I had never read a book by Rosie Goodwin before, but having just finished and loved the TV series, "The Mill" , the title really appealed to me. Maryann works hard at the local cotton mill, along with her father. Maryann's brother works in the coal mine, and her sister is still at school. Their mother is at home, weakened and unwell with the baby she is carrying. They have very little money and have suffered a lot of heartache, but they have each other. Little do they know it, but the family (and Maryann in particular) are about to go on an earth-shattering rollercoaster of events and emotions. Life as they know it is about to change forever. The story kept me on my toes throughout! There were so many huge events that I could never get bored. Every time I got comfortable, a curve ball was thrown my way. My heart beat faster all the way through! It has to be one of the most exciting and event filled books of this genre that I've ever read. Death, suicide, murder, rape, prositution! It's all there! I loved this book! I am already reading another book by Rosie Goodwin, "Homefront Girls", and enjoying it. Although I am really missing Maryann, Wesley, Fleur, Nellie and Cissie from The Mill Girl! Rosie writes with such an effortless skill and manages to bring the characters to life perfectly. I have to say that I did have a personal attachment to this story. An integral character is a little girl called Fleur, who has Down's Syndrome. My daughter has Down's so I felt very protective towards the character. I was naturally on the defensive and very nervous and wary of how the author would handle the character of Fleur. I had nothing to fear though, as she was written with affection and a true understanding. Rosie Goodwin is one of my new favourite authors! I have high hopes for her other books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ❥ Azzurra

    In this book many things were just meh and the others just plain forced to meet the author's needs. On the whole a meh book to read if you don't expect something new, if you want meh characters and don't want a strong romance between the MCs. It doesn't even seem a truly historical novel. I remember reading, some years ago, a "romance" book that told the conditions of laborer in the 19th century definitely better than this one that merely uses the subject to make the female MC pitiable. Finally, In this book many things were just meh and the others just plain forced to meet the author's needs. On the whole a meh book to read if you don't expect something new, if you want meh characters and don't want a strong romance between the MCs. It doesn't even seem a truly historical novel. I remember reading, some years ago, a "romance" book that told the conditions of laborer in the 19th century definitely better than this one that merely uses the subject to make the female MC pitiable. Finally, the male MC is a kind of spineless puppet. I didn't like him from start to end. Definitely not a great read for me. Sorry.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Jane

    Fantastic reading!! Definitely recommend

  16. 4 out of 5

    Penny Little

    Great historical saga with believable characters. The ending was a bit abrupt though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    CW Child abuse . . . . . . . I would SO have appreciated a content warning for this book! I almost had to abandon it because of this. However, I powered through, and absolutely loved it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Betty Vickers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Once again a great book unable to put down

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Why did so many characters die damn

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Tysall

    Oh my days, a fantastic read. Enjoyed every bit if it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    J.J. JOHNSTONE

    Very good read Enjoyed reading this one, felt a little slow to begin with but once I got into it I could not put it down.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Trudie

    the tragic and heartwarming tale of Maryann Meadows and her family. I loved it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    I liked the time period that this was set in and the twists to the story. The writer really takes you on a journey with the main character. It was another book that got me hooked!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sorcha

    Received from Netgalley in exchange for a review. Well I'll say it for this book: it's packed full of more soap-opera story lines than you can shake a stick at. Deaths, suicide, lesbianism, romance, brothels, murder, rape, slave labour, extortion......to name but a few. Maryann finds her family falling apart when her mother dies in childbirth, with some coping better than others. She works down the mill with her father, until circumstances find her out of a job. "Luckily" she has come to the atten Received from Netgalley in exchange for a review. Well I'll say it for this book: it's packed full of more soap-opera story lines than you can shake a stick at. Deaths, suicide, lesbianism, romance, brothels, murder, rape, slave labour, extortion......to name but a few. Maryann finds her family falling apart when her mother dies in childbirth, with some coping better than others. She works down the mill with her father, until circumstances find her out of a job. "Luckily" she has come to the attention of the mill owner, who hires her as the new nanny for his disabled child (reminisces of The Secret Garden, with added heart defects). She is immediately in conflict with Marshall's sister, who resents her niece and keeps her drugged and tied to the bed - not quite having the nerve to kill the child. Marshall falls in love with Maryann long before she admits to loving him. There is much to be gone through in the big house, as well as down in the town, where Toby fails to grasp the fact that Maryann is slipping away from him due to his inaction. Meanwhile Toby has his own problems with his younger brother, which results in something deadly for one of them. The plotting was good, it was well written, and gave a good indication of what life might have been like for those living hand to mouth in cramped conditions, whilst facing a future working in the mill, the pits, on the streets or in the workhouse. However, I came through it feeling *exhausted*. There is so much packed into this book, it did feel like a soap opera, and it did beg the question of whether some of the sub plot lines could have been dropped. In the end: good, clean romance, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader paying attention

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Dreams were all well and good for those that could afford them. 2nd time reading done. I've made out a few mistakes and some errors. Dreams were all well and good for those that could afford them. 2nd time reading done. I've made out a few mistakes and some errors.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mrs S Bruce

  27. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Gant

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Taskas

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lonnie Johansson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Derek Faulds

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