Jessica Hart's beloved mother has died in childbirth and her stepmother and father are forcing her to marry the dull local blacksmith. She runs away from her country home to Birmingham, arriving late one night on the doorstep of her poverty-stricken aunt's tiny terraced house, already home to her four cousins. Ned, a family friend, comes calling one day and he and Jessica fall for each other immediately. But Ned is married and his young wife is expecting a baby...Annie Murray's uplifting saga set during the Great War is a moving story of love, remembrance and ultimately of healing. "Full of warmth and domestic detail which inspires the reader. Annie Murray brings her characters vividly to life." - Denise Robertson.
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Annie Murray was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first 'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including A Hopscotch Summer, Soldier Girl and the bestselling Chocolate Girls. Annie has four children and lives near Reading.From AudioFile:
The sound values in this audiobook are exceptional. A beginning piece of instrumental music serves to tie the story together as well as offers comfortable melodies to the ear. The voice of Judith Porter rounds out the excellence of the production. The backdrop of the story is Birmingham, England, prior to WWI. Young Jessica Hart has run away from her motherless home, where she is continually emotionally assaulted by her father and stepmother. She stays with her aunt and cousins in the city, and the listener partakes of her experience as she lives through the war. Porter defines each character so well vocally and sets one apart from another so well dramatically that one listens to this romantic history as if it were a play. J.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Pan Books, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110330396277
Book Description Pan Books, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0330396277