Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts

Mary Gibson

About this book

They call them custard tarts – the girls who work at the Pearce Duff custard and jelly factory. But now the custard tarts are up in arms, striking for better conditions. Among them is Nellie Clark, trying to hold her family together after the death of her mother. She has the most desperate struggle to make ends meet, often going hungry to feed her little brothers.

Two men vie for Nellie’s love. One is flamboyant, confident and a chancer. The other is steady, truthful and loyal. But the choice is not as easy as it might seem.

Looming over them all – over Bermondsey, over the factory, over the custard tarts and their lives and loves – is the shadow of the First World War. And that will change everything and everyone.

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What we think of this book & ideas for gifting

As the approach of the Great War encroaches upon Britain, factory girl Nellie Clark has a tough choice to make. We’re taken deep into her struggle and First World War London in this moving, tender and warm novel. Perfect for an older generation who may have lost the love of reading.