Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing Sapphire by Heather Burnside. This is released on the 6th of January, published by Aries Fiction
Two sisters alone
Sophie and Kelsey have always had each other. When their mum is diagnosed with cancer and their dad fails to step up, they’re forced to move into the care system. But Sophie knows they’ll be okay as long as she’s there to protect her sister.
One final chance
But when Kelsey is found a foster family and Sophie can’t join her, Sophie’s left in an unsafe situation in the home, forced to do things against her will. Finding her own foster family feels like a relief, but it’s short lived when her trust in her new foster parents is betrayed.
No going back
With nowhere to turn, Sophie finds herself homeless. But when she finds her new street family, Sophie joins the working girls and her new identity as Sapphire is complete. It’s a hard life working the streets, especially when those around her look to take advantage, but can the dream of one day finding Kelsey keep her going?
Heather Burnside is back with this completely unputdownable, heart-racing series, perfect for all fans of Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole.
I absolutely love the working girls series and I am sad that it has now come to an end with Sapphire the 5th instalment. Over the course of the series Heather Burnside has created a cast of characters that have felt so real, it is like I knew each of them as they told me their story and let me into their lives that have been full of hardship and heartbreak as they fight to survive on the streets in a very dark side of Manchester.
I felt for each of the women, but none more so than Sapphire (Sophie), who’s story really got under my skin and for me it is the best book in the series. Right away I was caught up in Sapphires story that sees herself and her sister Kelsey become part of the system after their beloved mother dies of cancer. When Kelsey is fostered by a lovely couple the girls lose contact and when Sapphire’s own experience with her new foster family is short-lived, it sees her end up on the streets.
Heather Burnside delivers an authentic account of what it is like to be homeless and does not hold back. We see Sapphire spiral as she becomes addicted to drugs, suffers abuse and later forced into prostitution in a fight to survive and get her next fix. It is heartbreakingly raw and did have me shedding a tear, but what I loved about Sapphire the most was her strength.
If you have not read this series I can not recommend it highly enough. It is one that I wish I could read again for the first time, which is such a testament to Heather. I am though looking forward to something new from her which I am sure will be another winner!
Thank you to Heather Burnside, Head of Zeus and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Sapphire, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Sapphire Blog Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about Sapphire. Thank you to Head of Zeus for my spot on the Sapphire blog tour.
Other Books in the Series
Let’s Get to Know Heather Burnside
Heather Burnside grew up in Gorton, a working-class area of Manchester famed as the original location for the TV series, Shameless. She moved from Gorton to a new housing development and spent her teenage years on one of the toughest estates in Manchester.
During the 1990s the estate became the headquarters for one of Manchester’s predominant gangs. It regularly featured in the local press due to shootings and drug-related problems. Heather draws heavily on this background as the setting for many of her novels.
After taking a career break to raise two children Heather enrolled on a creative writing course. During that time she had many articles published in well-known magazines and went on to run a writing services business before focusing on her novels.
Heather now works full-time on her novels from her home in Manchester which she shares with her two grown-up children.