The Coalminer’s Son by Patricia M Osborne
The Coalminer’s Son is the second book in the family trilogy by Patricia M Osborne. It is a gripping tale elegantly told through the eyes of the title character, George and his aunt Elizabeth. Although there is a cross-over in the story with the first novel in the series, I would highly recommend reading the books in order.
After tragedy hits the small coal mining village of Wintermore, nine-year-old miner’s son, George, is sent to Granville Hall to live with his titled grandparents. Caught up in a web of treachery and deceit, George grows up believing his mother sold him. He’s determined to make her pay, but at what cost? Is he strong enough to rebel? Will George ever learn to forgive?Step back into the 60s and follow George as he struggles with bereavement, rejection and a kidnapping that changes his life forever. Resistance is George’s only hope.
I enjoyed how George and Elizabeth each took their roll as narrator. It worked well and kept me intrigued to follow them both. It was a delight experiencing a great sense of time throughout the story and the descriptive detail is fine, bringing everything to life.
The story starts with George as a nine-year old boy telling the story as first person viewpoint. It was so captivating. The author set the scene of a family trauma in a small mining village through his eyes.
I was routing for George almost instantly and even more so when he was sent to Granville Hall to live with his titled grandparents. I cannot imagine how it would feel for George to grow up thinking his mother had sold him. This book was beautifully portrayed and did not disappoint.
If you are in search of an accurately researched book full of poignancy and telling a story that will linger in your thoughts, don’t miss out on this fabulous book.
Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children, and six grandchildren. She was born in Liverpool and now lives in West Sussex. In February 2019, Patricia graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (Merit) via the University of Brighton. She is a novelist, poet, and short story writer. When she isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and acts as a mentor to fellow writers and she is an online poetry tutor with Writers’ Bureau.
‘Her poetry pamphlet, ‘Taxus Baccata’ was a winner with Hedgehog Poetry Press. Patricia has had many poems and short stories published in various literary magazines and anthologies.
In 2017 Patricia was Poet in Residence at a local Victorian Park in Crawley and her poetry was exhibited throughout the park. In 2019 her poetry was on display at Crawley Museum.
Patricia has a successful blog at Whitewingsbooks.com where she features other writers and poets.
Patricia’s hobbies include walking around her local park and lake, swimming, reading, photography, and playing the piano when time permits. All these activities offer her inspiration to create new writing.
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Thank you, Val. That’s a wonderful review. I am so pleased you enjoyed it.