The Girl with the Silver Bangle

Written by Linda Finlay
Review by Elizabeth K. Corbett

In London in 1910, Daisy Tucker is a young woman whose family has fallen upon hard times. When her father loses his job, she must do what she can to keep her family afloat. She enjoys her job working at the Fun Factory, where she is encouraged to use her talents and be creative. When tragedy befalls the family a second time, Daisy is forced to move to Devon to live with an uncle who is virtually a stranger. As she moves into her uncle’s tavern, little does she realize that she will have to work in order to live there. Even though she is abused by her uncle, she remembers her silver bangle and the handsome young lover who made it for her.

The Girl with the Silver Bangle is a dark and gritty tale about a young woman who finds beauty amid the drudgery of life. Not only is this book well-written, but it has a great cast of characters. Daisy is a strong and enduring young woman who always seeks out a better life no matter her circumstances. The overall pace of the story is steady, and it kept me engaged every step of the way. Author Linda Finlay brings to life the poverty-stricken and unfair world of this time period. It all feels so jarring and real. The rich and colorful dialogue was one of my favorite things about this story. It adds a lot of character. One final thing I admired was that art and artists played a role in this tale. It was so fascinating watching Daisy’s burgeoning interest and talent with art. This is an engrossing book from start to finish.