I finished Doreen McNicol's, "Rachel Wicks" and I am still amazed! There were so many emotions brought forth by this book that I am surprised I can still think straight! Doreen McNicol's storytelling is phenomenal and it truly feels as if you have been transported to that time in England where workhouses for the poor were prominent, families were split apart, and no one seemed to care. Rachel Wicks is a woman now, having gone to the workhouse at the young age of 6 when her mother could no longer care for her, she was taken from her mother's side and forced to live in an overcrowded attic room with other children only able to see her mother once every two months. It was not long after her mother contracted typhoid fever and died.
Suddenly Rachel meets Mr. Blackburne and he makes a rather alarming request of her. She agrees but only for her own reasons. This story does not progress or end as you would expect which is something I found refreshing. There are far too many stories these days that seem to begin and end in the same way, I can honestly say that Doreen's story is completely unique and written in such a way you can feel the emotions of her characters as you take this journey with Rachel. I loved this book! Absolutely loved it and I know you will too!