Peggy Bowden has not had an easy life. As a teenager her mother was committed to an asylum and then a local priest forced her into an abusive marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident Peggy sees an opportunity to start again and trains as a midwife.
In 1950s Dublin it is not easy for a woman to make a living and Peggy sees a chance to start a business and soon a lucrative maternity home is up and running. But when Peggy realizes that the lack of birth control is an issue for women, she uses their plight as a way to make more money. Very soon Peggy is on the wrong side of the law.
What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?
Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival and her journey into the underbelly of a dangerous criminal world.
Set in the 1950’s you really get a sense of what life was like back then. People’s attitudes as well as how women were still pretty much pushed into the back ground.
Peggy has been through a lot and is still going through hard times trying to survive. What she has been through has hardened her somewhat which made me unsure with how I felt about her. I certainly had empathy for her but then I can’t say I agreed with some of the things she does either. Peggy certainly wants a better life but it is very hard for her to get out of the binds that tie her into a very dangerous world.
There are lots of unsavoury characters in the book. Definitely ones that I would run a mile away from. The attitude of most of the men I have to admit infuriated me. Most had such little respect for women of which really got my back up. I am so glad I live in a world where we live as equals. Like Peggy, I would have found it very hard to keep my mouth closed and not give them what for!
The author certainly doesn’t sugar coat anything in the story. She takes us on a dark and disturbing journey into a world of which I was so glad I wasn’t part of.
The Abandoned is a raw and gritty read that I couldn’t put down. Gripped from the off, Peggy’s life is a captivating one that you won’t want to miss. A promising debut from a very promising author. Look forward to reading more.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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