The Candle Factory Girl

Written by Tania Crosse


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1930’s London – A backstreet saga full of hopes, dreams and the fight for survival.

Work at Price’s Candle Factory in Battersea is tedious for intelligent, seventeen-year-old Hillie Hardwick, but she knows she is lucky to have a job at all.

Her home life is no better, as she constantly battles with her exacting and bullying father in order to protect her mother and five younger siblings from his abuse.

Her only solace is her loving relationship with the chaotic Parker family and her best friend, Gert Parker.

When matters violently escalate for Hillie, smitten Jack-the-Lad Jimmy Baxter seems her only salvation.

But could this be the biggest mistake of her life, and should she be looking for protection nearer home?

A story that crackles with unease where courage and friendship are the only hope.




First-rate Saga, Skillfully Written!   225


I always look forward to a Tania Crosse novel knowing it’s going to be packed with lots of detail and a fabulous storyline, and this one fulfilled all expectations.

Hillie is the eldest of six and as well as holding down a full time job in Price’s Candles where she is on her feet all day, she does her best to take the strain from her mother at home and protect her from her bully of a husband. He seems to take great delight in setting his wrath on Hillie and her mother, often resorting to physical violence to get his way. Hillie has dreams of getting away, but would never leave her beloved mother to deal with her tyrant of a husband on her own.

This is a wonderful saga, encompassing so much more than the Hardwick family and yet totally centred on them all. We follow Hillie through the highs and lows of her young life and the trying times she has to face. Skillfully written, as always, the author has conjured a terrific tale of fortitude in the face of adversity and, in my opinion, this is her best book yet. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this one as a truly great read.

My thanks to publishers Aria for pre-approving my requests via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: 1930s saga


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 950.0 KB
  • Print Length: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 1 March 2018
  • Link to Buy:


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Meet the Author


714kMT0B6PL._SY200_Tania Crosse was born in London but at a very young age moved to Surrey where her love of the countryside took root. She has a degree in French Literature but did not have time to indulge her lifetime passion for writing stories until her family had grown up. Side by side with her meticulous historical research and love of Dartmoor, she began penning her books set in that area from Victorian times to the 1950s, all based closely on local history. Her Devonshire series consists of ten linked novels. She is now setting her stories in London and the south east during the 1930s and 1940s.


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