The Rag Nymph by Catherine Cookson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pretty good read. Took me awhile to get used to the dialect of the characters. Hard to read such improper language. lol. I really loved the characters and how simple the plot was.
Raggie Aggie takes in an abandoned Millie Forester after her mother leaves her on the street while running from the law. Millie is a beautiful and already well-learned child and Aggie knows that no good can come from her being left to her own vices, so she becomes her guardian until the mother is released from jail. But, unfortunately, the mother kills herself to keep from becoming a prostitute. Aggie raises Millie, just as she raised Ben when he came to work for her father when he was little.
Throughout the novel, we watch Millie grow into womanhood and the trials she faces on the street, at school and in her relationships at her first job. All the while, Ben falls even more in love with Millie and she doesn't even notice.
This is a great easy-read and worth your time if you love the Victorian era.
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