The Long Frost - A Bloomsbury Family in Crisis
A Powerful Victorian Era Family Saga
In 1890, England suffered its worst winter in history, and the newspapers labelled it 'The Long Frost of 1890'.
However, the freezing conditions outside were minuscule compared to the frigid environment within the walls of the elaborate home of the Warwoods of Bloomsbury, who was realizing the full effect of the forced marriage inflicted on their mother 25 years previously.
To make matters worse, Englands largest investment the bank was going down, and it was taking the family's life-savings with it.
Set in Victorian times, The Long Frost - A Bloomsbury Family in Crisis is an explosive, historical fiction novel was written by retired New Zealand journalist, Rex Warwood, who has incorporated much of England's rapid development during the Industrial Revolution, into the family saga which covers the lives of four generations.
The famous writer of the times, Charles Dickens, referred to this period as "the best of times and the worst of times" and the greatest city in the world' was inundated with millions of new migrants, putting huge pressure on housing and the infrastructure.
London’s Rapid Expansion an Exciting Feature of Dramatic Story
The Long Frost – A Bloomsbury Family in Crisis features many actual events taking place at that time, such as the introduction of the railways and how they changed the lives of ordinary Londoners; the rapid growth of new villages that popped up like mushrooms across the rural regions of London; the plight of poor families, most of whom were unable to afford the new rents demanded by the developers; the development of council bylaws that were responsible for improving sanitation in London; and the introduction of Freehold Land Societies which, for the first time in England's history, provided the ordinary man with the opportunity to own his own home.
Couple these happenings with the drama that threatens to blow the Warwood family apart and the result is a powerful saga that makes for compelling reading and, there is a twist or two towards the end as well.
Former Miss Universe New Zealand (2016), Tania Pauline Dawson, was the perfect cover model, depicting 'Angeline' one of the book's main characters. Two talented ladies, Anne Doddrell and Jill Lane from Pukekohe Performing Arts (formerly Pukekohe Light Opera Club) dressed Pauline appropriately in a typical Victorian dress. Tania’s hair was arranged by the author’s longtime hairdresser friend Jay Hargreaves.
Tania was the perfect model as ‘Angeline’ in the story was part English, part Italian, while Tania is part new Zealander and part Filipino.