Audiobooks The Four StreetsAuthor Nadine Dorries –

Couldn t put this down Having grown up in a working class area in another city in the UK at around the same time as this is set, though blessedly not in such difficult circumstances, a lot of aspects of daily life in this book were easily recognisable This is an excellent portrayal of the way in which people would bicker and squabble, but still pull together to support one another during hardship and adversity and also what they sometimes did to survive, whether legal or not Faced with hunger and deprivation, the moral compass may bend It surely makes you realise how far we have come in the last 50 years though let s hope some current policies will not reverse the trend.Criticism and distrust of those from outside, sometimes undeserved respect for those in authority and fear of retribution which could take many forms and was far difficult to speak out against at that time all these are highlighted with great clarity as is the often rough and ready, but genuine, love and strength that existed in individual families and amongst those who lived so close together That sense of community is something very familiar to me and many others, I suspect.Nadine Dorries may have achieved some notoriety for other reasons, however this book suggests she could not only be a good advocate for her constituents, showing a considerable degree of empathy, but a very good and popular author too Look forward to her next offering. S Liverpool In The Tight Knit Community Of The Four Streets, Two Girls Are Growing Up One Is Motherless And Hated By The Cold Woman Determined To Take Her Dead Mother S Place The Other Is Hiding A Dreadful Secret Which She Dare Not Tell To Anyone The People Of Four Streets Laugh, Grieve And Hope Together But What Can They Do When A Betrayal At The Heart Of Their World Comes To Light Set in Liverpool in the 1950s this book tells of a closely knit Irish community.It is a story of love,abuse,friendship and how adults and children alike stick together.The main character is Jerry a docker who marries his true love Bernadette.When Bernadette dies a strange outsider befriends Jerry.Alice has to live up to the well loved Bernadette.The priest of the community is not who people believe him to be and his sordid goings on eventually catch up with him.Then there is Maura the mother not just her own family but to anyone in need.I couldn t wait to read this book each night, a well written, intriuging story, a real page turner. This is the first Nadine Dorries book I have ever read and I enjoyed it so much that I bought the next one in the series so that I could start it the minute I finished this one For some reason I tend to read a lot of books set in Liverpool but refreshingly this one doesn t contain all the usual constant references to Liverpool which most authors seem to think they have to include.It is easy to read and I was surprised as it did contain a shock element concerning the Priest which I wasn t expecting and although I didn t enjoy reading these bits, I can see that these events have shaped the story As I have now started reading the second book in the trilogy, the disturbing events from this book are even relevant as the story wouldn t have taken the same direction.Overall, it is the usual story of a close knit neighbourhood struggling to make ends meet but it does have a twist which makes it a bit different to the norm and I really enjoyed it I am only at the beginning of book 2 and have already purchased book 3 and I just hope they live up to the same enjoyable read as this book. I downloaded this book on the strength of so many positive reviews and the fact that I fancied a change of genre from my usual thriller crime choices It sat on my Kindle for quite a while until a couple of days ago I decided to give it a go.I found the style easy to get into and found her writing both descriptive and thought provoking Basically it is a simple book, telling the story of Irish immigrants who having bravely left their homeland in search of a better life, have settled in Liverpool, where work on the docks was plentiful if hard in the 1950 s.There is no clever, exciting plot to this book, instead it tells the story of the day to day living of the families living in the four streets , a run down area, where the large catholic families struggle to survive but where the sense of community is strong and constant.For me, the book was running along smoothly until about half way through when child abuse comes into play I have to say that in a way, this spoiled the story for me Perhaps that is because for me this book was a step back from the books I usually read, which are thrillers and crime Once the child abuse was introduced the book changed for me, it became neither one thing or another neither a pleasant story of times gone by or an exciting thriller whodunit story.But nevertheless I did enjoy the writing style and the interaction of the families and so I give it three stars.