The Street Orphans


The Street Orphans is an emotional story set in 1850s Lancashire, from Mary Wood, the author of In Their Mother’s Footsteps and Brighter Days Ahead.

Born with a club foot in a remote village in the Pennines, Ruth is feared and ridiculed by her superstitious neighbours who see her affliction as a sign of witchcraft. When her father is killed in an accident and her family evicted from their cottage, she hopes to leave her old life behind, to start afresh in the Blackburn cotton mills. But tragedy strikes once again, setting in motion a chain of events that will unravel her family’s lives. 

Their fate is in the hands of the Earl of Harrogate, and his betrothed, Lady Katrina. But more sinister is the scheming Marcia, Lady Katrina’s jealous sister. Impossible dreams beset Ruth from the moment she meets the Earl. Dreams that lead her to hope that he will save her from the terrible fate that awaits those accused of witchcraft. Dreams that one day her destiny and the Earl’s will be entwined




Born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1945, the thirteenth child of fifteen children, Mary's family settled in Leicestershire after the war ended. 


Mary married young and now, after 54 years of happy marriage, four children, 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, Mary and her husband live in Blackpool during the summer and Spain during the winter - a place that Mary calls, 'her writing retreat'. 


After many jobs from cleaning to catering, all chosen to fit in with bringing up her family, and boost the family money-pot, Mary ended her 9 - 5 working days as a Probation Service Officer, a job that showed her another side to life, and which influences her writing, bringing a realism and grittiness to her novels 


Mary first put pen to paper, in 1989, but it wasn't until 2010 that she finally found some success by self-publishing on kindle. 


Being spotted by an editor at Pan Macmillan in 2013, finally saw Mary reach her publishing dream.


When not writing, Mary enjoys family time, reading, eating out, and gardening. One of her favourite pastimes is interacting with her readers on her Facebook page.

And on her web page:

She is also on Twitter: @Authormary


Mary welcomes all contact with her readers and feedback on her work.

My Review

Mary Wood has the ability to suck the reader in to a different time and place from the first page. She manages to show the gritty harshness of 1850s life in Lancashire; a place where for a young orphan with a club foot life is a constant battle for survival. There are many hardships in Mary's novels which make for uncomfortable reading at times, yet it is these shocking scenarios that keep you reading on in the hope that there will be happier times ahead. I really didn't want to put this book down even though I kept telling myself that nobody's life should be that difficult - sadly the grimly realistic picture painted by the author would have been all too true at the time. If you love sagas and history then you'll love this book. 


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Lynne Robinson | Reply 27.05.2018 22.25

Another amazing review, dying to get my hands on this one xxx

Gill Browne | Reply 27.05.2018 20.42

probably the best new author I know....x x x x x x x

Mary Williams | Reply 27.05.2018 14.17

Great review, can't wait to read over the holiday

Jackie Pennells | Reply 27.05.2018 13.49

Wonderful review. Really looking forward to reading this.

Susan Hall | Reply 25.05.2018 22.25

Wonderful review, for a wonderful lady and Author.

Janice Campbell | Reply 25.05.2018 20.12

Great review for an equally great book by Mary

Lesleyann Neville | Reply 25.05.2018 18.26

When reading all the reviews I just can not wait to read this for myself. I adore stories of hardship and how they unfold and hopefully have a good ending.

Lynne Robinson | Reply 25.05.2018 17.22

Another great review for a brilliant author.

katie phillips | Reply 25.05.2018 17.21

Wonderful blog of a wonderful book.

Pauline Totten | Reply 25.05.2018 17.02

Another wonderful review of am amazing author book

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27.05 | 22:25

Another amazing review, dying to get my hands on this one xxx

27.05 | 20:42

probably the best new author I know....x x x x x x x

27.05 | 14:17

Great review, can't wait to read over the holiday

27.05 | 13:49

Wonderful review. Really looking forward to reading this.

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