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When farmer’s wife, Maggie Sawbury, gives birth to her fifth child, the only one that has lived and the result of an extra-marital affair, she is heartbroken and desperate. Maggie knows her joyless life with a bully of a husband is not one a child should endure, and she leaves the baby at the roadside to be found by passers-by.

Her money-driven husband announces he has found her another job in the village of Redgrave, aside from the many tasks she has on Windtop farm. He is totally unaware the position comes with a secret. One that frightens and yet brings joy to Maggie. She is to become wet-nurse to her abandoned child.

Love, and the possibility of incest, threaten to open old wounds, and Maggie has several decisions to make. However, will they be the right ones? If she tells all she knows, it will bring about the destruction of three families. Equally, her silence could be just as destructive. She shares her secret with another, the result changes her life, and a death brings with it more secrets. Will Maggie stay or will she walk away and find the love she craves?

Amazon UK ( Best Seller Historical Romance Victorian )

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Reviews of Maggie's Child

In the Style of George Eliot, April 10, 2013
This review is from: Maggie's Child (Kindle Edition)
  ... Glynis Smy has created a historical world that puts me in mind of the classic works of George Eliot and Elizabeth Gaskell. Her hard-working, put-upon heroine carries herself with a quiet grace through the tragedies of her hard-fought life. Not a cheerful story in many respects (there are moments in which it is quite dark), but the author plumbs the depths of human darkness and comes up in the end with a bucket full of light and hope.

Dramatic Start, and Pleasant Read to Final Twist, 27 Jun 2013
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... The author appeared to have researched the period well. I found the story and characters believable and could put myself in their shoes. It begins with a traumatic episode that really draws the reader in, and I found it hard to stop my first reading session. After that it is a pleasant read, with various more stimulating episodes leading to an interesting twist at the end. No problem recommending this book to lovers of historical romance.

A Compelling Story, March 24, 2013
This review is from: Maggie's Child (Kindle Edition)
... Having read excerpts of "Maggie's Child" on Glynis Smy's blog, I looked forward to reading the finished novel. Once I finally had time to read this book, I found myself transported back to 1850s England.

As with her first novel, "Ripper, My Love," the author deftly describes the time and place so well. We meet Maggie Sawbury who lives with her abusive husband, Jacob, on Windtop Farm. The rawness of life back then is illustrated in various ways, but so is the sheer beauty of the bucolic setting, along with the kindness of the heroine, Maggie. I like how she always takes the high road and doesn't become a doormat to Jacob. Back then, there were no social services to help Maggie deal with a spouse who drank excessively, had severe anger issues, and displayed narcissistic tendencies.

Glynis Smy gently leads the reader along the path that Maggie's life takes, and even though she never leaves England, she encounters many obstacles in her region. I wasn't sure of where the story would wind up, and the surprises and bends in the road kept me guessing until the last page. While I'm not a voracious reader of romance novels, I can strongly recommend "Maggie's Child" to anyone who enjoys the genre. Now that I'm a fan of Ms. Smy's books, I'm looking forward to reading her next book that is enticingly named "Ripped Genes."

A thoroughly good read with her usual twist to keep you guessing, February 18, 2013
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Ms Smy has written another superb period romance/drama. It was thoroughly enjoyable from cover to cover. I didn't want to put it down; really resenting the other daily commitments intervening in my reading time. She draws her characters so well they are completely believable as well as describing in great detail the situations in which they find themselves. Her main character, Maggie is completely absorbing. Born into poverty, sold into marriage/slavery she manages to find a way to keep sane as well as surviving. It was such a relief to find that she didn't lose her moral compass when she may have done. She remains true to herself. Her relationship with her son being the icing on the cake. A thoroughly good read with her usual twist to keep you guessing.[...]

Maggies Child by Glynis Smy, January 9, 2013
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Yet again Glynis has given us a wonderful book to read. Her story telling is imaginative, loving oh just wonderful. I would recomend her new book to everyone. I am so looking forward to her next one Ripped Genes as the sister story to Ripper, My Love again I found compelling .

 Marsha Moore
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I really enjoyed author Glynis Smy's 'Ripper, My Love', so I couldn't wait to read her next novel. I wasn't disappointed! With a great cast of characters - both likeable and dislikeable - and fantastic plot twists, I couldn't help turning the pages for more. Main character Maggie's determination and strength despite the numerous hardships she faces pulled me through the novel.

Smy has a fantastic way of painting scenes and even though this novel is set in the past, I could clearly envisage the farm where Maggie toils and the village setting.

Another evocative novel by Smy - I'm looking forward to reading another novel by this author now!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner 31 Dec 2012
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It is one o'clock in the morning and I couldn't go to sleep until I had finished reading this latest book by Glynis Smy. It has really captured my imagination with its intriguing plot and colorful characters. The book is real page turner and one which I would rank up there with Josephine Cox, Marie Joseph and Anna Jacobs, three of my all time favorite authors of historical fiction. It gives us a deep insight into the hardships of life in the nineteenth century. The heroine, Maggie, suffers dreadful cruelty at the hands of her miserly husband and through the love of her child, whom she cannot acknowledge she is determined to rise above it and eventually finds true love. This is a beautifully written book which I can highly recommend and I am really looking forward to the next book by this outstanding author.
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This is Author Glynis Smy's second book. I read her first and was eagerly awaiting this one. I was not disappointed!

Life in the 1800's was difficult and Maggie's life was touched with hardships. And in one moment when her child breathed life, Maggie found a love that was stronger, and deeper that she could imagine. With another sacrifice at hand she was able to give her child something she desperately wanted him to have. The winds of fate turned and through her sacrifice a gift was also given. A bright light of her despairing home life. And the end, karma shows up and shows up well.

Superb writing Author Glynis Smy and I am eagerly awaiting Ripped Genes to appear!

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 24 Jun 2013
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I loved this book couldn't put it down cannot wait to read more of her stories highly recommend it to anyone

5.0 out of 5 stars another amazing read !!!, 7 May 2013
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This is my second book from author Glynis Smy and again not disappointed . a heart tearing and emotional book with an amazing ending that i didn't see coming, and that's what i like in a well written novel . down loading her third book as i type and cant wait to get reading . 3 books in concession from a top Author , well done Glynis and please keep writing your amazing novels.