In struggling with misfortune, Lies the true proof of virtue.” – Shakespeare
It is the year 1848, and a cholera outbreak has just ravaged Manchester, leaving Emma Belden an orphan, with two young siblings to care for. Left with few options, she is forced to enter the workhouse and suffer the habitual injustices commonplace to that sad institution. Her beauty and naivety a target for the unscrupulous master of the workhouse and Edward Wells, the owner of the local textile mill, Emma will be compelled to make the difficult decision between the safety of her brother and sister, and her own virtue.
Gideon, Lord de Monthaut, is instantly smitten the moment he sees Emma, despite the fact that she is on the arm of one of the most notorious blackguards in Manchester society.
Will Emma find it possible to rise above her circumstances and find love? And in the process learn the true Proof of Virtue?
Review: This is the story of a young girl named Emma. She was a very beautiful girl who fell upon a bit of misfortune. Yet she found the strength within herself to overcome the many obstacles that she encountered and found the will and the hope to persevere. Through everything she went through she also found love.
Emma was raised in a family full of love. She had twin siblings that were only four when her parents where struck with cholera and died leaving Emma with little money in which to survive and raise her young siblings. When the money ran out she was forced to go work in the work house (which in most cases was almost like living or being in prison). She did find friends one in particular who helped her fit and help take care of her siblings.
Emma was sent to work in the textile mill under the rule of a lecherous man. Ms. Snow didn’t candy coat what happened to women and children. They were exploited, abused, humiliated. Life was one big nightmare. But in order to survive you do what you have to. You stay strong and hope…
I had heard of work houses and the condition from history. But Ms. Snow took it one step further and placed me, the reader, inside of Emma head. I felt all the emotions that she felt. Ms. Snow took us on a journey to the darker side of life during the Georgian/Victorian Era.
This book had a lot going on. It was very well written and held my attention maybe a little too well as a tissue was close at hand when my emotions got the best of me. I wouldn’t recommend this story for anyone that was too young or not strong enough to handle all the emotional parts within the story.
I was angry at the men that took advantage of the women and children…the way they were treated. I had a hard time with the children.
But it was really nice that after all that had happened Emma was given an HEA. She found that strength deep down and was able to RISE UP!