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As always another brilliant book by Dilly Court Cant wait to start reading the next one (((READ EBOOK))) ☠ The Dollmaker's Daughters ☠ Two Sisters, Tragically Divided By Love, Jealousy And Ambition For Ruby And Rosetta Capretti Life In The Slums Of The East End Holds Little Promise Although Very Similar In Looks They Dream Of Very Different Futures Coquettish, Flamboyant Rosetta Is Desperate To Leave The Claustrophobic Confines Of The Sewing Sweatshop To Follow In Her Wayward Aunt S Footsteps And Work Under The Bright Lights Of The Music Hall Ruby, Quieter And Modest Has Always Longed To Train As A Nurse, A Pipe Dream For A Girl From Her Humble BackgroundAnd Then, By The Side Of Their Father S Grave, They Meet Handsome Jonas Crowe, But Little Do They Know How Much One Man Will Affect Both Their Lives Forever Set in 1898 Whitechapel, London The Dollmaker s Daughters opens with twins Ruby and Rosetta Capretti whose father, a dollmaker has died leaving the family without his small income and with little hope for the future Selfish, beautiful and flighty Rosetta dreaming of fame and fortune having quit her job at Bonski s a sewing sweatshop leaves home, joining a chorus line in a music hall and living with her wayward aunt whose counselling leads her astray Determined to support her mother and grandmother her sensible and quiet lookalike sister who dreams of becoming a nurse quickly takes up her position at Bronski s only to be swept up in a confrontation between the owner and a street gang who steal the women s wages Discovering her brother Joe plagued by large gambling debts was coerced into participating in the robbery, Ruby approaches Jonas Crowe owner of an illegal gambling den and head of the Raven Street Gang only to make a deal that has her living over his club and looking after his songstress, the ailing Lilly Lawson.Told from Rosetta and Ruby s perspectives the story heats up as they both follow their dreams one falling in love with Jonas Crowe and seeking the limelight, the other loved and helped by him in making her wish a reality Intensity and suspense escalate as Ruby trying to save her brother from the ramifications of his gambling addiction begins working for Jonas as a companion to the ailing Lily only to be accepted against all odds into the hospital as a nurse probationer In contrast headstrong Rosetta makes bad decisions that have her getting pregnant, marrying a man she says she doesn t love and abandoning her family Exciting and riveting with twists and turns that include Ruby going to Africa, nursing soldiers during the Boer War only to return sick and devastated by a tragic loss, the plot is filled with multiple emotionally charged moments.Their relationship fracturing after the loss of their father, even love divides these sisters as the ambitious Rosetta falling for Jonas Crowe s wealth and influence sparks with jealousy when he ignores her to pursue her sister Ruby Both girls follow their romantic dreams only to have them crushed and to have to face reality, like the pregnant Rosetta dreaming of another man only to marry the generous, hardworking and kind Billy Noakes while Ruby s body inflamed after a night with Jonas who she can t forget continues to care for a man she can never have Dilly Court continues to create complex and realistic characters that infuse the story with depth and passion like Ruby a serious, sensible and hardworking young woman, a bluestocking with a conscience in comparison to her self absorbed, high spirited and rebellious twin Rosetta Jonas Crowe is the over confident, arrogant, and hard hearted illegal businessman who discovers a heart after meeting Ruby while Billy Noakes known for his shady reputation is cocky but humorous, generous, selfless and brave I thoroughly enjoyed the Dollmaker s Daughters a compelling story set against a backdrop of poverty, ambition tragedy, and war that kept me enthralled until the end. I have only read one other book by this author although I have read all the books written under her other name Lily Baxter and loved each one I wasn t sure what to expect from this story but the I read the I enjoyed it A well rounded cast of characters, each with traits to love and to hate Our main characters, Rosetta wild and selfish looking out only for herself and what she wants Twin sister Ruby serious, quiet dreaming of becoming a nurse and always putting the needs of others before her own and constantly covering for her sister Then there are the supporting characters, brother Joe who gets himself into trouble and uses Ruby to help get him out of it, their mother Sarah self sacrificing to support her family following the untimely death of her husband Granny Mole, Sarah s mother who seems to do nothing but complain and eat for the entire book Billy a neighbour who secretly tries to help out the family and also has an unrequited love for one of the sisters, Jonas Crowe who will drive a wedge between the twins and is not quite all that he appears to be at first glance Also included in the story is Aunt Lottie a former star of the stage who lost it all to gambling, Pamela and Adam who help Ruby to achieve her goals and dreams, Elsie a somewhat dimwitted but kind hearted servant girl and Sly, who is somewhat on the sleazy side The story follows the girls as they try to achieve their goals and dreams, Rosetta on stage and Ruby in the hospital Rosetta soon finds herself forced to give up her dream, and to return home to a life she never wanted, while Ruby soon finds herself, first as a nurse companion and then later on the battlefields of Africa I wasn t sure how this book would end, how it would all wrap up since no one seemed happy as I got close to the end of the book, but somehow things all tied up nicely in the end and it didn t feel rushed or forced at all and I was left quite happy with how the story ended Overall a very enjoyable and satisfying read. BRILLIANT READ.one of dilly courts best books,brilliant author love her books was hooked.ruby wants to be a nurse and her sister Rosetta has big dreams in the theatre but do there wishes come true.and a brother who gets involved in gambling.and a twist I didn t expect near the end.recommend this book. I loved this book a lot, especially the characters, who were so realistic I especially liked Ruby, who seemed to me to be like Melanie from Gone With the Wind which you should definitely read if you haven t , however, her relationship with Adam reminded me of Scarlett and Ashley a bit However, her husband turning out to be her long lost cousin was a bit far fetched, and I found Rosetta a bit annoying at times, although I wanted to like her However, Dilly Court is a fantastic writer. Dieselblackcat This book started out wired and it took me three goes to get into it but it is up to a high standard and I enjoyed it Now that I have read all of Beryl Matthews books they are good but have the same sort of typical ending but what I enjoy the most in her books is how she gets to the end Thank you Beryl please keep writing. Another good readFantastic start to finishEvery book I read from Dilly Court never fails to bring joy I will recommend it to everyone Nice storypleasant read after the last gruesome novel I read. its quite an awesome book