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The Sewing Factory Girls

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This is a nice book. The characters in the book were interesting to read about. The friendship between Sadie and Ellen was cute, and I was impressed with the communal living in that location. The author raised important themes that are prevalent in modern-day society.Although the book had a catchy title and attractive front page, I felt the plot was dragged too long. The author surprised me with the plot twists and new themes that were not noticeable in the first few chapters. I picked up this book to read because I sew outfits, and I wanted to see how sewing was done in the historical time. I am rating this book 4 stars. I am a lover of historical saga, and since this is a new book from a new author, I appreciate the historical reference in the plot.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

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Very interesting novel with great topics.
Workers striking for fairness and the suffragette movement.
Families, friends coming together to offer support to their community when the strike goes far longer than they anticipated.
Overall I found the subject matter interesting, likable characters and would read more from this author.
I received a copy of this books from the publisher through Netgalley. Opinions are my own

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A gem of a story. Completely relatable and lovely friendly relationships that draw you into the tale.
A really lovely read with believable characters.

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So well written so interesting great characters.Historical fiction at its best an author I look forward to reading more from #netgalley#orion

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Thank you NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

This book was brilliantly paced and written and gripped me from the very first sentence. Two sisters with opposite personalities who need to work together to achieve a common goal, from different sides of the issue, is exactly what I want to be reading.

It helps that there is a sprinkling of LGBTQIA+ within the book, as well as women's rights and talks of Suffrage,

The end note about this story being based on true events made the themes hit home even more, I wish I could read it for the first time again!

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Great historical reading book, strong characters, story set in Scotland, I knew nothing of the sewing girls till I read this. Feels like a history book than a story, loved it

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A Fictional Story about actual history that took place in and around the early 1900s. A tale about women working in a factory in Scotland that made sewing machines. Unions were just starting and at that time they weren’t even called unions. This was a big factory that employed roughly 12000 men and women. A new boss came to run the factory and everyone thought he would improve working conditions but that wasn’t his intention. Instead he wanted less workers on the assembly lines who he expected to do more work for less pay. That way the company would make a bigger profit. Nothing personal . It was just business.
Management would start this new way of doing business on a trial basis. They would start in the cabinet polishing department where the women worked. After a while the women got tired of working harder for less money and they decided to walk off the job. Soon women in other departments joined them and it wasn’t long before the men went out too. Would the manufacturer negotiate with the workers or would the strikers be fired for walking off their jobs?
I thought this was an interesting book about the history of manufacturing and the laborers who worked in the factories. I enjoyed the plot of the story and how the workers supported each other when the going got tougher and money became scarce. They believed that what they were doing was the right thing. They were pioneers in the union movement and workers rights. I thought it was entertaining, romantic and realistic.
I recommend The Sewing Factory Girls to readers of historical fiction, women’s fiction, and historical romance . Certain readers might be offended by a controversial issue that was lightly added to the story 73 percent into the book.
I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed here in this review are entirely my own.
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Posy Lovell brings the labor and suffrage movements to the Singer Factory in Clydebank, Scotland, in this fascinating and enjoyable novel. The novel follows sisters Ellen and Bridget, Ellen’s friend Sadie, and Bridget’s husband Malcolm, as well as a few other friends and neighbors, as scientific management threatens the jobs of Ellen, Sadie, and Bridget’s coworkers at the Singer Factory. Things continue to escalate, with Ellen and Sadie leading a strike which divides the sisters, and Bridget finds herself having to choose between her sister, her husband, and her new suffragette friends. Lovell’s characters are brilliantly crafted, with strong personalities, close friendships and relationships, and warm hearts, and they bring Clydebank and the Singer factory to life for the readers. Clydebank itself is another character with its own personality, culture, and social dynamics, and Lovell brings it to life through her characters and their interactions with the city. Lovell’s dialogue, prose, and descriptions are well done, and they bring the world of Clydebank and Ellen, Bridget, and Sadie’s stories and struggles to life. Readers will appreciate her interest in the labor and suffrage politics in Scotland in the 1910s and her representation of these issues in The Sewing Factory Girls.

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RATING 4.7/5

Posy Lovell's "The Sewing Factory Girls" is an evocative and poignant narrative inspired by the resilient and courageous women who worked at the Singer Factory in Clydebank, Scotland, during the early 20th century. This uplifting and emotionally rich novel delves into themes of friendship, solidarity, and the unwavering determination of women fighting for better working conditions.

Set against the backdrop of early 1911 in Clydebank, Ellen, along with her sister Bridget, Bridget's fiancé Malcolm, and newfound friend Sadie, finds herself employed at the sewing machine factory. For Sadie, it's a means of survival following her father's passing, but for Ellen, sewing runs through her veins, evident in her dedication to crafting Bridget's wedding dress on her cherished sewing machine.

However, the excitement of Bridget's wedding fades quickly when Ellen discovers unsettling changes in their work conditions. The cabinet polishers, including Ellen, face reorganization that would demand more work for reduced pay. Feeling betrayed by the very establishment she considered family, Ellen is determined to resist, whereas Sadie takes a more pragmatic approach. They join forces with other women, fueled by the idea of a strike they've read about, much to the disapproval of manager Malcolm.

Amidst these challenges, Bridget faces her own struggles, torn between loyalty to her husband and supporting her sister, while also engaging in her fight alongside the suffragettes.

The looming strike not only disrupts the women's lives but also binds them closer together in unexpected ways. Lovell expertly portrays the upheaval, turmoil, and triumphs these women experience, highlighting their resilience, unity, and unwavering spirit in the face of adversity.

"The Sewing Factory Girls" is a testament to the strength and resilience of women united in a common cause. Lovell's narrative captures the essence of historical events, portraying the challenges faced by these women and their unwavering determination to stand up for their rights. The novel beautifully intertwines personal struggles, friendships, and the fight for better working conditions, delivering an emotionally gripping and empowering story that resonates long after the final page is turned.

Through vivid storytelling and compelling characters, Posy Lovell crafts an engaging and thought-provoking tale that celebrates the courage and solidarity of women fighting for justice, making "The Sewing Factory Girls" an inspiring read for those drawn to historical fiction steeped in real-life stories of resilience and empowerment.

Thanks to NetGalley and Orion Publishing for an advance digital copy for my honest review.

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This author certainly does her homework when it comes to writing books.. This is another great read. 4 stars

Thanks to Netgalley, author and publisher for this ARC

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I loved it couldn’t put it down, the story development had me hooked from the first chapter. Is excited to read more of your books.
I wish I could reread this and feel everything for the first time again

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A compelling and motivating story, with a strong female friendship at the center. When three girls find themselves in challenging circumstances, they pull together to conquer the obstacles that previously seemed insurmountable. This book was enjoyable to me. I kept reading it because I was drawn to Ellen Kelly, a main character, and I was curious to see what she would do next. The story's length wasn't bothersome to me, as I was completely absorbed.

The core of this book is the power of community; a small but dedicated group of individuals working together to make changes in society, potentially marking the beginning of something big. The inclusion of the suffragette protest is also praiseworthy.

If you're in a positive mood and looking for a pleasant read, this is definitely it. 😀

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I looked forward to reading this book as I had enjoyed one of the previous books by the author. Based on the 1911 strike in Singer, Glasgow. Follow the sewing factory girls who rebel against the new manager who is changing the Wentworth factory to the detriment of the workers. The girls are expected to do more work and for less pay. The main characters are well written. The book is a pleasure to read.

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I enjoyed this book. While I did not love it as much as the author debut novel, it was still an enjoyable read. It definitely kept me interested, and I finished it within just a couple of days. Definitely worth a read especially for anyone interested in historical fiction of the industrial revolution era.

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If you enjoy light, historical fiction, I can highly recommend The Sewing Factory Girls, by author of The Kew Garden Girls and The Kew Garden Girls at War. I do hope this one gets a follow up book too!

When a charming new manager is hired at Wentworth sewing machine factory, many hope that he will bring positive change, more social events, higher pay, proof that management appreciates that high quality machines depend on the community of hardworking women and men building them.

But the new manager has something else in mind entirely, and it starts with treating the employees like machines…

This book is inspired by the historic event from 1911 when 10,000 workers at the Singer sewing machine factory in Clydebank, Scotland went on strike to show their solidarity with 12 female colleagues who protested against the larger workload they were expected to do without an increase in pay.

I loved this story about friendship and courage against all odds. There was just the right sized dash of romance too. And the scenes featuring suffragettes was an added treat.

The image of workers pouring out of the factory to stand in solidarity together made for powerful reading. It was so uplifting to see a community pull together and look after each other with the positive message that we are stronger together.

A big thank you to Orion Books for providing me with my copy through NetGalley!

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A lovely book following girls working at the local Singer sewing factory that employs a lot of the community. I love the community spirits, the trials and tribulations that they all go through with different issues at home and working conditions at the factory. I look forward to reading more by this author

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Thanks to the Publisher and Netgalley for an early review copy.

The story is about true events

Three women working at a factory in Scotland decide to strike when management try to change the working conditions of their staff.

But, when they men take the credit for it, instead of the women, they aren’t pleased. Things take a turn for the worse when help given to the families of those that are striking is hampered.

I recommend this book.

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A heartwarming story that brings Clydebank and the people who worked in the sewing machine factory to life. Finely drawn characters with strengths and weaknesses that illustrate the every day courage of people going about their daily lives, living as a community and seeking change for the better. I couldn't put the book down. Much more than an saga - it brings social history to life.

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This is a very special story based on actual events which occurred at the Singer sewing machine factory.

Great characters make this a really good read.

One I can really recommend.

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Ellen and Bridget Kelly and Ellen's friend Sadie are the main characters in this book but there are many more. The story is primarily about how women were treated as second to men. They work at the local sewing machine factory. It's hard work and then a new manager comes in, sacks people and cuts the hourly rate and expects the remaining workers to pick up the slack. Enough is enough for Ellen and even though she's young, she's fiery and leads her colleagues out on strike.
I didn't take to Ellen at the start. She's extremely bossy, thinks she knows everything and doesn't take advice. She improved slightly towards the end. It took some time for the book to get going. There was a lot of laying out of characters and descriptions of the Wentworth factory which dragged a bit. There could also have been a bit more depth to the story line. I enjoyed the Suffragette part of the story and would have liked more of it.
Overall though it was a pleasant story and I look forward to seeing how they all get on in the next book.

Thanks to Orion and NetGalley for an early copy of this book.

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