Martha's Journey, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A powerful First World War story of a woman's quest for justice, from the bestselling author of NOTHING LASTS FOREVER and THE LEAVING OF LIVERPOOL. Liverpool 1915. Martha Rossi lives in a tenement with her husband and their five children.

Despite working all the hours she can, the family don't have much to get by on.

When Martha's fourteen-year-old son, Joe, proudly enlists to fight for his country just to earn his mother an extra shilling, Martha is horrified.

She realises the government is turning a blind eye to the scores of young boys who are joining the army.

Despite her pleas and protests, Joe is dispatched to France within weeks. Unbeknown to them all, Joe's act of selfless heroism will have huge implications for Martha and all the family.

As the dreaded telegrams begin to arrive from the front in France, mothers' hearts are broken across the country.

Spurred on by grief of her own, Martha Rossi begins a quest that will take her right to the doors of No. 10 Downing Street. Martha's journey there will be a tough one, but with courage and the support of her friends and family, it will be the most important undertaking of her life.




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** spoiler alert ** Would Martha have really left her children with her husband once he had stopped drinking? It didn't ring true to me. However, Martha was highly likeable if somewhat fiesty and very loyal, what mother wouldn't walk to the ends of the earth for their children? I really got a sense of what it must have been like for mothers in the first world war whose children went off to fight. I found the character of Kate hard to believe, would she have be-friended Martha if she didn't want to be a journalist? Was she using Martha for her own ends? I would have liked to have read more about her life before she was married and with her husband before his accident. I applaud Maureen for telling the story of Joe, so many children went to war and this was something I knew nothing about until I researched it myself.

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