As Anna Martell grows into womanhood in the nineteenth-century English countryside, she is determined to overcome the legacy of her birth--as one of six illegitimate children--a goal aided by the love of wealthy Timothy Barrington
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Catherine Cookson lived in Northumberland, England, the setting of many of her international bestsellers. Born in Tyne Dock, she was the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished woman, Kate, whom she was raised to believe was her older sister. She began to work in the civil service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married a local grammar school master.
Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer, in 1968 her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award, her readership quickly spread worldwide, and her many bestselling novels established her as one of the most popular contemporary authors. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998, having completed 104 works.
The latest gossip-wallop Cookson novel takes place in an 1880's northern English village, complete with manor house, coal mines, and villagers unusually nasty. Here, Cookson's heroine, born like her siblings on the wrong side of the blanket, goes through the wringer and emerges free and in love. The household of Nathaniel Martell, who lived in sin with his beloved Maria, was a happy one. But outside, in the village at large, the pair's six children were favorite targets. Their neighbors, mean as only Cookson's dolts can be, burnt their barn, crippled their goat, and then, faced down by the family's benefactor, wealthy Miss Netherton, the townsfolk confined themselves to spitting. Why all this? Because Nathaniel's drunken wife lived on. (Even after the wife dies, and Nathaniel and Maria marry, they're still on the town spit-list.) This is mainly the tale of daughter Anna, who teaches at a dreary school with a ruling ogress and tutors the tiny son of Simon Broderick, whose brother manages the mines and whose wife is a (generally screaming) witch. Gentleness comes to Anna with Timothy, Simon's young uncle, doomed to bachelorhood because of his epilepsy. There'll be two deaths, one violent, and some tar-and-feathering, as well as home truths about Anna's Da (Cookson men, ostensibly saintly, never come through with a clean copybook). A happy ending, of course. Cookson in full stride. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1560549351