What Readers Say

I would like to thank my wonderful readers for their feedback on The Royal Station Master’s Daughters. This is a selection of their comments, including photos.

Please do keep sending them in, I do love to hear what you think.

“A heartwarming historical novel”

– Rosie Goodwin

Sarah Mappledoram packed The Royal Station Master’s Daughters as a holiday read

Some Amazon reviews

“This is a thoroughly enjoyable book with well-developed characters and a well-researched location. Based on the actual family, it gives a reader a sense of time and place and the challenges of those who kept the home fires burning during WWI. Loved it and eagerly awaiting the second book.”

Kitty

“The author had obviously done a great deal of historical research for this engaging story. My sister & I are looking forward to the next instalment!”

N.S.J.

“A beautifully written and well researched book. I loved learning about the history and am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.”

T. Woodfield

“The year is 1915 at Wolferton Station. The royal station master Harry Saward and his wife Sarah have three daughters, Beatrice, Jessie and Ada, rolling out the red carpet for the king Edward VII on his way to Sandringham. Jessie is excited for Jack Hawkins the kings messenger who she only has eyes for will he notice and speak to her? then two unexpected visitors arrive seeking help and Maria Saward and her mother Ruth are homeless relatives but nothing alike Maria stays with them while her mother moves onto Doncaster, War is well and truly on going and men are sent away to fight, but they still have to keep up the work at the station. this is a beautiful read that doesn’t have it ups and downs along the way for the family and their friends and neighbours. I loved it and it will touch you as you keep reading, such a remarkable story right up to the end of the war years as we learn if all the men make it back home to Wolferton. 5***** from me and more a happy Booklover.”

Booklover Bev

“Really enjoyed this book. Liked the characters and details of the railway station. The historical details and royal family information was very interesting.”

Pip12

“I really loved reading this book. Very interesting to learn about the history, and a lovely fictional story with charming characters, set against the true historical facts. Very much looking forward to the next book in this series.”

Amazon customer

Memory Lane Book Group members Lynsey Bessent posted a photo of herself with the book at Wolferton Station while holidaying in the area. She said “Reading the book where the story is set makes it more special.”

Lyndsey Bessent loved reading the book in situ while holidaying in Norfolk

Another Memory Lane member, Carole Barry, said, “It was excellent and I look forward to reading the next book. I was so involved in the characters’ lives and kept saying to myself, ’Maria ‘don’t take the brooch’. I stayed up late reading in bed to find out what was happening. I shall certainly look out for the next episode.”

Sarah Mappledoram, who is pictured at the top of the page, packed a copy of the book to take on holiday with her to Madeira and flicked through the pages while enjoying a glass of wine. She sent me a photo of herself with it and said how much she was enjoying the book. The photo was posted on Memory Lane where readers were quick to add their comments:

“Just half way through reading this book love it.”

Sherry Lunn

“Love this book fabulous read enjoyed very it very much hope everyone else enjoys this book to happy reading.”

Claire Gordon

“Love the cover and enjoyed the story great read.”

Joy Perry

The owner of Wolferton Station, Richard Brown, forwarded me an email from a recent visitor. She told him:

“A few weeks ago my partner and I came to visit The Royal Station and were enthralled with the whole setting.  You and I had a long chat and you kindly gave me a copy of The Royal Station Master’s Daughters to read and asked me to provide you with some feedback.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the book and its captivating tale.  Having visited the station and Wolferton I was able to picture very clearly some of the areas portrayed which helped bring it to life.  The author certainly captured the atmosphere and history of the place and time.

“We tell everyone we know about our visit and the wonderful work you do in maintaining the station to such an incredible standard.  Thank you for allowing us to step back in time and be part of something that clearly gives you so much pride and satisfaction.”

Ellee Seymour at Wolferton Station during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.