A Mother’s Fight (The Lancashire Girls Book 2)

Written by Libby Ashworth
Review by Valerie Loh

1818 Bolton. This second book of The Lancashire Girls series follows Hannah’s struggles to feed her three children. The impoverished wife of a weaver, transported to New South Wales for attending a meeting, has had no word from him in years. When another man returns, having served his time, Hannah is told that Jack must be dead, and thinks she is a widow. This leads to a series of events and consequences which result in her leading her young family somewhat naively into the workhouse system. At a time when literacy was uncommon, a woman had few rights and limited choices, especially when poor, Hannah falls victim to a harsh system, but struggles throughout to do her best for her children. Hannah has been forced to react to events ever since Jack’s forced departure rather than be able to plan for any kind of future. When she sacrifices her own happiness further to allow her children to have a better life, fate throws yet more surprises. When her greatest wish is realised, Hannah’s situation becomes more desperate as she is accused of a greater sin.

This an engaging novel that is emotionally charged as is a mother’s love. The pace is fast. It could easily be read as a standalone novel, as I did; however, I would suggest reading the first book to gain greater depth and enjoyment from the characters. It is a swift read, with plenty of period and regional detail, that delivers plenty of twists and turns and heartfelt moments before culminating in a satisfying ending.