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Saturday, October 03, 2020

The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon - Read all the Blog Tour reviews

My new novel The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon has been on a blog tour this week and you can read the wonderful reviews of the book as follows:


I was drawn to ‘The Girl With The Scarlet Ribbon’ by two words- Glenda Young.  That was enough for me.  I knew that any book written by her would be a brilliant, emotional and unputdownable read.  I wasn’t wrong either.  I read this book in one long reading binge because I couldn’t bear to be parted from the book for any length of time, for fear of missing something.   

‘The Girl With The Scarlet Ribbon’ is superbly written but then I think that to be true of all of Glenda’s books that I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing.  She writes emotional stories that really do get under your skin and you begin to feel every emotion that the characters are going through.  Glenda draws you into the story from the very start and then takes you on one heck of an emotional rollercoaster ride.  She describes her characters so well that they seem to jump off the page and spring to life.  In fact they seem just as real as you and I.  I found ‘The Girl With The Scarlet Ribbon’ to be a gripping read, which had me on the edge of my seat throughout.  I have read that people compare Glenda Young to Catherine Cookson but I think that Glenda’s books are actually better than Catherine Cookson’s books.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of ‘The Girl With The Scarlet Ribbon’ and I strongly recommend that you read this book.  I will definitely be reading more of Glenda’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.


I've only recently discovered local Sunderland author Glenda Young and what a fabulous discovery she is. The main character of Jess is such an outstanding character. Although very character driven, and what wonderful characters they are, the writing is so vivid that I felt as if I was walking through Ryhope village myself.  I certainly felt like I was on the beach in one particular scene with Glenda Young's evocative writing giving me goosebumps.  I love the little elements of Sunderland history that Glenda includes in her impeccably well researched novel, namely Sunderland's famous Vaux beer and the heartbreaking Victoria Hall disaster.

Glenda Young is an extraordinarily talented storyteller and The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon is a wonderful story from beginning to end; it's more heartwarming than a roaring coal fire.  Superbly written, the storyline is compelling and surprising with characters that are so vivid they virtually leap out from the page.  I absolutely loved it and wholeheartedly recommend it.


Chells and Books (still to come)


Having read quite a lot of saga novels, I really thought I had this plot worked out, but Glenda Young just kept throwing curve-ball after curve-ball, which left me totally unable to put this book down. It also feels important to point out that, even if she had played it safe and kept to a pretty ‘standard’ saga plot with typical twists and a predictable ending, this author’s wonderful storytelling ability would still nonetheless have had readers gripped. 

Glenda Young is evidently not putting her feet up and settling into an easy routine of churning out novel after novel which follows the same standard formula. ‘The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon’ is proof that she can write well outside the box and put unexpected, fresh twists on what can often be a ‘safe’ and ‘samey’ genre. I, for one, am fastening my seatbelt now, in eager anticipation of whatever exciting and unpredictable ride she’s planning to take her readership on next.

Read it all at Clyde's Corner


Glenda Young continues to cement her standing as one of the most gifted writers of historical sagas writing today. When readers pick up a saga by Glenda Young, they know that they are in the hands of an outstanding storyteller and in The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon, she has penned a dramatic, emotional, gritty and wonderfully evocative read tale that will hold readers spellbound from start to finish. A tale of courage, fortitude and resilience, The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon is rich in pathos, period detail and emotional intensity and will have readers eagerly turning the pages as they find themselves completely swept away by Jess’s story. In Jess, Glenda Young has created a wonderful heroine. She’s strong, spirited and irrepressible and somebody who, despite all of the obstacles standing in her way, remains constant and true to herself. A top-notch saga from this fast rising star, The Girl with the Scarlet Ribbon is another compulsively readable novel by the immensely talented Glenda Young.

Read it all at Bookish Jottings

"The writing in this book is fantastic and makes you feel like you are walking the streets of Ryhope alongside the characters. This book was once again heartwarming and a complete page turning.
A fantastic storyline alongside brilliant writing makes this a must read book.


Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
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