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November 2021 saw the release of Coming Home to the Four Streets by Nadine Dorries. Published through Head of Zeus, this novel is the fourth and final instalment in The Four Streets saga. I’d not read the previous books so I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to pick up on the lives of the various characters portrayed in the storylines. Whilst I think it would probably be easier to have read the books in order I was soon enthralled.
Coming Home to the Four Streets is set in the heart of the Liverpool dockland in an Irish Catholic working-class community. In the 1950’s post-war times, life is often hard for these families and poverty is never far from their doorsteps. The families look after each other and everyone knows each other’s business. Money is always tight but if one family is struggling more than others, then they will be looked after.
Maura and Tommy Doherty have been at the heart of the dockland community for the longest time. The women look to Maura for guidance and to organise events. She’s also taken her neighbour Peggy under her wing, and often steps in to ensure Peggy’s children are clothed and fed, as her husband Paddy is a workshy drunk. But what will happen to Peggy and the rest of the community along the four streets now that the Doherty family are off to run their own pub in Ireland?
We follow the various characters as life in Ireland doesn’t quite go to plan for Maura and her family and in Liverpool where Peggy is struggling to keep her family together in the face of eviction. In Coming Home to the Four Streets you watch characters develop and flourish as they learn more about themselves and how to live their lives to the full. You see the harsh reality of life on the poverty line and the brutality of that existence. But most of all you see the love within a community of people who have to fight every day to exist.
Now I’m off to track down the first three books to complete the back story for Coming Home to the Four Streets. I’ve also included my Amazon Affiliates link below (I do earn from qualifying purchases) for your information.