Rich Girl, Poor Girl

Written by Val Wood
Review by Valerie Loh

Two girls, one rich and one poor, lose their mothers in similar circumstances on the same day. Polly takes a job as a scullery maid in Rosalie’s lonely house and they both strike up an unlikely friendship. Travelling to the North Yorkshire Moors, they discover a new kind of life and find both tragedy and joy in equal measure.

I felt so sad when I first started this book as it was a bit too close to home. However, the author has handled a difficult concept well, and I soon became absorbed in the story rather than dwell on the sad parts. Val Wood has such an easy style of writing, it sort of flows along without much happening in the plot itself, and you can guess the eventual ending but still read on despite that. An enjoyable and relaxing read.