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[The Sweethearts Books ] Free Reading online as Ebook AUTHOR Lynn Russell


10 thoughts on “The Sweethearts

  1. says:

    Charming memoirs of the girls who worked in the Rowntree's factory in York I loved hearing about the different pe

  2. says:

    I'm not sure what made me pick up this book It's not my usual type of reading material being sort of a collection of memories of women who wor

  3. says:

    2019 bk 393 The Sweethearts covers the years from the 1930's up to the 1980's through the eyes of several women who worked at the Rowntree Chocolate Candy Factory in York England Most of these women started work at the company in their early teen years from 14 to 16 and stayed with the company through most of their working life The author intersperses the stories of their lives with the story of the factory and touches on the lab

  4. says:

    enjoyed reading this booki love local history and it was well written

  5. says:

    This book surprised m as I thought it was pure fiction and having read some similar books before about character

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    The story of the women and girls who worked at the Rowntree’s chocolate factory in York United Kingdom A social history which explores the lives of ordinary women who worked for the giant Rowntree company It tells how although the work was hard and often physically demanding the women generally appreciated the

  7. says:

    There was fun and also some struggles for the young women employed in the very poor area of York Rowntree is reknowned for its chocolate and employees roast the beans fill the molds and create the boxes sold to the public as well as those presented to royalty on special occasions The book follows several girls who after their formal education ends at age 14 troop down to the interview room at Rowntree where they become the next in their fa

  8. says:

    I love visiting England and this story brings up a lot of the things I enjoy about that societyThis book isn’t so much about a chocolate company and the folks who worked there during the last 100 years as it is about the community and society that drove a city and region because of that chocolate company and its customs policies and morals during a bygone eraSo the stories told through the eyes of female e

  9. says:

    The stories of five ladies who spent all or most of their working lives at the Rowntree factory in York As a chocoholic I was intrigue

  10. says:

    This is an interesting history that takes you back to a time where local industry dominated and provided for a community and helped create a community I enjoyed reading it and it certainly spoke a case for keeping

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summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Lynn Russell

The Sweethearts

Whether in wartime or peace tales of love laughter and hardship from the girls in the Rowntrees factory in Yorkshire On a warm Monday morning in 1932 just two days after leaving school fourteen year old Madge was about to join her nine brothers and sisters at Rowntree's The smell of chocolate was in the air but as she walked up th. 2019 bk 393 The Sweethearts covers the years from the 1930 s up to the 1980 s through the eyes of several women who worked at the Rowntree Chocolate Candy Factory in York England Most of these women started work at the company in their early teen years from 14 to 16 and stayed with the company through most of their working life The author intersperses the stories of their lives with the story of the factory and touches on the labor movement social reform and both the negative and positive aspects of living in a company town Housing for the most part was subpar with thin walls and backyard privy s Transportation was shank s mare or bicycles But the company did offer a swimming pool after the death of a boy in a nearby river classes for the teenagers in everything from homemaking to woodworking to Grecian dance a rest home for those recovering from illness and an annual picnic plus inexpensive vacation housing They did talk about the candy offered through the company and I was most interested in that this factory was were a workman suggested a candy bar that would fit in a lunch box leading to the invention of the KIT KAT bar one of my all time favorites A fun read rarely do we see factory work from the female perspective and this provides that touch

characters The Sweethearts

And packed the boxes that became gifts for lovers snacks for workers and treats for children across the country More often than not their working days provided welcome relief from bad husbands and bad housing a community where they could find new confidence friendship and when the supervisor wasn't looking the occasional chocolate. There was fun and also some struggles for the young women employed in the very poor area of York Rowntree is reknowned for its chocolate and employees roast the beans fill the molds and create the boxes sold to the public as well as those presented to royalty on special occasions The book follows several girls who after their formal education ends at age 14 troop down to the interview room at Rowntree where they become the next in their family to be an employee of this paternalistic firm Pay is good tho most turn over their shillings to Ma and though the hours are long they enjoy the comaraderie and trying a variety of the jobs within the huge factory A few scenes made me smile imagining Lucy Ethel on the conveyor belt line Other times I could not fathom the poverty these girls came from and for the most part remained in for their married lives 2 up 2 downs in the slums no indoor plumbing multiple kids to the bed and not a lot of food in the house The book begins in the 1930s when Rowntree is a family operation and continues through the 80s when the factory is sold to eventually Nestle I enjoyed getting to know Madge and Florence and learning the social history of that area

summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Lynn Russell

E road her footsteps slowed at the daunting thought of what lay ahead⦠From the 1930s through to the 1980s as Britain endured war depression hardship and strikes the women at the Rowntree's factory in York kept the chocolates coming This is the true story of The Sweethearts the women who roasted the cocoa beans piped the icing. This book surprised m as I thought it was pure fiction and having read some similar books before about characters that worked at places such as the Tate Lyle and Bourneville factories was looking forward to it In fact this book is stories about real people that worked for Rowntrees over the years and these were weaved into the Rowntree story itself how it started as a family business grew to become York s largest employer keeping the family feel until it was eventually taken over by Nestle It includes details of when main products such as Kit Kat Black Magic Smarties were introduced and how they were packaged marketed Also referenced a lot is the Rowntrees forward thinking approach for the time to looking after their employees by providing things such as bonus scheme medical care extended education As well as talking about products people the book also went into detail about how the products were actually made the level of automation that exists today all used to be done by hand bloody hard work in many cases boring at time for a 12 hour shift The ladies that worked at Rowntrees many now in their 80s had been interviewed and there was much of their home lives detailed in the book too A reminder of how tough things were for many with slum housing war rations etc The research into writing this book must have been extensive but really paid off with the level of detail that the writers were able to go into A fascinating inspiring read

  • Paperback
  • 296
  • The Sweethearts
  • Lynn Russell
  • English
  • 01 October 2019
  • 9780007508495