Thicker Than Blood By Thea Hartley


Book Description:

“Thicker Than Blood” ~ Historical Romance set during WW2

Marie meets Davy when she is 16, and they marry a few years later, full of promises of a bright future together. Sadly, they lose a baby in the first year of marriage, and soon afterwards, war is declared.

Davy, a miner in the South Wales Coalfields, does not get conscripted to the forces because he is in a reserved occupation. Marie, meanwhile, still childless, is required to find work in a wartime occupation. She starts work in a local factory, making “French Letters”. Soon their life improves, due to increased finances as well as Marie’s new found friendships.

Unfortunately, tragedy strikes. Marie and Davey are forced into a chasm of despair, frustration and poverty. This has a devastating effect on the couple, leaving Marie in a situation which appears to have no solution.

She has to make some tough decisions.

Due to circumstances, Marie agrees to a desperate plan, one which could alter the whole course of her life. However, will she be able to go through with it? How can she possibly regain the future she longs for?

Discovering loyal friends who are prepared to help, Marie’s hope flares. However, there is one, indisputable obstacle. Will the fates conspire with her…or against her?

Read this wartime story of love, danger and the fear of loss, which motivates major personal sacrifice.

My Thoughts:

Thicker than Blood is a historical romance which, though not set in the same time frame, reminded me very much of the Catherine Cookson books I used to read and love.

Marie is a lovely character that unfortunately married to young. She does love her husband Davy but has never experienced that true love that you read about in books and see in the movies. She doesn’t have the best of life styles, she has suffered from a miscarriage and then Davy, after a horrible accident at work, is left with life changing injuries.

Davy I had very mixed feelings for throughout the whole novel. He has been brought up to be the provider for the family but due to the loss of his legs he is going through a whole array of emotions, which Marie unfortunately has to bare the brunt of. Marie being a devout catholic, can not bring herself to walk away from her loveless marriage and seems to have a life time of just existing ahead of her. That all changes though when she meets Charlie and Tony.

Charlie for me is the strong male in this book. He is such a lovely man who has the patience of a saint. He is very much a friend to Davy and Marie and will do anything for this struggling couple. Tony unfortunately was another one who my feelings for changed the further I got into the story. I certainly wasn’t expecting the story to go in the direction that it did and it was actually quite refreshing.

Thicker Than Blood is very much a story of loyalty, bonds and friendship. A highly enjoyable read.

Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.

Thicker Than Blood is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.


1 thought on “Thicker Than Blood By Thea Hartley”

  1. Hi Sarah,

    Thank you very much for your review about ” Thicker Than Blood” , I am so glad your feelings changed throughout the book for Tony and Davey and that you felt Charlie was the strong, alpha male character, as this was my hope as I wrote the book. Thank you for a good, honest review, Yours, Thea Hartley

    Sent from my iPad


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