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The House of Women

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  136 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In The House of Women, Grace is the eldest of seven sisters, and the pivot upon which the family revolves. She is the buffer between her violent father and her sisters, who look to her for guidance. As Grace tries to hold them together through times of hardship and humiliation, her own secret love, William Ross rejects her. Thankfully another man, Doyle gives Grace the cal ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd (first published June 9th 2006)
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 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
“The House of Women” had a lot of drama! That is one of the things I most enjoyed about this story. With so many sisters, and a snotty father , it was no wonder Grace was rebellious. I really enjoyed this book. One of the first things that I fell in love with was the time the story took place in, which was in the late 1800’s Victoria-Era England. Being that the story took place in this time, it should have been no surprise that Grace’s father was off marrying all his daughters. (I can’t imagine ...more
Nov 16, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing
In 1870 Leeds, England, a lonely and broken-hearted, Grace Woodruff, the eldest of seven daughters, is forced to act as a buffer between her violent, ambitious father and the sisters who depend upon her. Rejected by her first love and facing a spinster's future, she struggles to hold the broken family together through her father's infidelity, one sister's alcoholism, and another's out-of-wedlock pregnancy by an unsuitable man.

Anne Whitfield not only has a wonderful understanding of Victorian fa
Maggi Andersen
Jun 08, 2011 Maggi Andersen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I was rooting for Grace Woodruff the whole way through as she struggles to care for her sisters and find her place in the world. I find Anne Whitfield's books dramatic and very human, depicting the deeply felt emotions of betrayal, infidelity and disappointments in love. She brings the Victorian era to life beautifully, with a well researched glimpse of life in a wealthy Victorian household in Yorkshire in 1870, which I found as intriguing as Downton Abbey, and the restriction ...more
Lucie Simone
May 22, 2012 Lucie Simone rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this epic tale about a house of women, all different and all dealing with their terrible circumstances in varying ways. At first it was difficult to distinguish all the different sister from one another, but after a few chapters, I was able to tell them apart. There were some strange formatting issues for me, such as a lack of visible scene breaks, which became confusing at times. But e story was so engaging, I was able to overlook those things. If you're a fan of historical ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Nae rated it it was amazing
I read so many books about this era that I almost didn't pick this one up. I am glad I did though, the attention to historical detail is really well done, but made this book memorable for me was the slow, inexorable build up of interaction and, ultimately, deterioration of the family dynamic among the 7 sisters is brilliantly done.
Jeannine Harbison
May 04, 2012 Jeannine Harbison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: page-turners
Very fast paced Victorian era historical. I was in the mood for a good story and this was perfect. A few formatting issues (read on my iPad) but this was perfect for a lazy day of good reading. The characters, especially Grace, we're fascinating! Good job!
Jun 24, 2012 Lindsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't fantastically written - lots of editing mistakes and lacked transitions completely - but the concept was interesting. It's a story about a man in London in the 1800s who wants a son to keep the family line going, but all he has is seven daughters. Through some terrible financial decisions, the family is broke and with no way to earn an income, and it's interesting to watch the girls take charge of their futures and do what's right for themselves, even if it's not approved by the ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Hafiza rated it it was ok
Turgid melodrama.
Heroine is a Mary Sue- three men are in love with her. She ends up hurting two of them. She rescues injured miners, helps the poor, educates needy girls, takes care of her orphaned step-brother, etc.
Characters conveniently die off when their usefulness to the plot is over, eg, baby Daniel, her Gather, and finally poor Doyle, who was nothing more than a plot device.
I cannot recommend this book.
In addition Kindle formatting was all off, making for confusing reading as POV switched
Feb 03, 2014 Jennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parts of this book deserved four stars, but all in all, it was too much of a romance novel for my taste. Also, I read it on a Kindle & the grammar mistakes were distracting as was the lack of separation between events. I kept re-reading parts because the flow was awful...I'd be reading about one event & in the next sentence, it was weeks later...
Aug 29, 2013 Zakiyyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a page turner, but a wonderful read. I felt as if I could read it forever. Very well written, my only problem were that characters were easily disposable when they served no more purpose, including my favorite character in the book. Anyway I loved it and was definitely deeply surprised.
Jan 02, 2013 Lena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a gritty novel about the harshness of life for Victorian women. I got an episode of The Masterson Inheritance with the comedy surgically extracted.
Aug 06, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
It has been a long time since I read a Victorian novel, and I definitely needed a change of pace! Just the right book at the right time, such FUN!
Aysheh Spicer
May 29, 2012 Aysheh Spicer rated it really liked it
Shelves: histfic, hist-romance

Very well developed characters. Haven't been able to put this one down! A must read! Adversity, Tragedy, Poverty and Perseverance.
Sandra Shergill
Jan 14, 2013 Sandra Shergill rated it liked it
Enjoyed this book because it was an fast easy entertaining read. Somewhat predictable in places but the characters are well rounded
Michelle Orfei
May 24, 2012 Michelle Orfei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. If you like Downton Abbey, then you'll really enjoy this book.
Jun 29, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
This was an 'okay' read. The story was enjoyable enough, and moved quickly.
MaryannC.Book Fiend
Talk about a dysfunctional family! REVIEW TO COME LATER.
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Loved it.
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Anne Whitfield/Anne Brear is an Australian author. Born to Yorkshire parents, her passions, apart from writing, are reading, researching, genealogy, roaming historical sites, buying books and gardening. She is an author of historical women's fiction, contemporary romance and several short stories and writes under two names Anne Whitfield and Anne Brear.
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