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Netherwood (Eve Williams #1)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  462 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Eve Williams is about to discover just how the other half really live, in thisepic and absorbing "big house"drama perfect for Downton Abbey fans

Above stairs, Lord Netherwood keeps his considerable fortune ticking over with the profits from his three coal mines in the vicinity. It's just as well the coal is of the highest quality, as the upkeep of Netherwood Hall, his splen
Paperback, 455 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Sphere
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Netherwood will appeal to anyone who enjoys fat, juicy sagas rich in period detail and peopled by strong, memorable characters from all social ranks of life. It's warm hearted but never mawkish, and some of the descriptions will make your mouth water I promise!
It's set in a Yorkshire mining village in the Edwardian period where lord Hoyland of Netherwood is the mine owner. The heroine, Eve Williams is a miner's wife thrown on potentially hard times by a tragedy, but with help from Russian Anna,
P.d.r. Lindsay

This novel is one of the reasons why I am uneasy about the current traditional publishing world. ‘Netherwood’ is a pleasant read, a good story, with some engaging characters, but it feels strongly that the novel is meticulously planned to a recipe, a recipe for a commercial success. Indeed the second novel in the series, ‘Ravenscliffe’ is already written and due out in September. What worries me is the way the novel is so balanced, that’s what makes me suspicious. ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ and ‘Down
Aug 10, 2014 Anna marked it as did-not-finish
Abandoned around page 80 - one giant yawn.
An exquisite historical novel that is compelling and beautifully written, oozing originality and sophistication.

Resembling ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ this lush, cleverly crafted tale of ambition, greed and survival is simply stunning. Delicately interwoven and multi-layered, one glimpses life within a country estate through the eyes of those above stairs and below. A truly outstanding debut novel, which is greatly impacting, I am quite astonished by this wonderfully insightful his
Eve Williams is content in her role as wife of one of Netherwood's colliers and mother to three growing children. She keeps her house neat and clean and her husband (and sometimes neighbors) well fed. Arthur Williams too is content; Lord Netherwood is a benevolent employer and Arthur has no reason to get involved in this union business his friend Amos Sykes is always going on about. Eve, however, is sympathetic to the striking miners at Grangely, another mine where she grew up. She knows about t ...more
Tracy Terry
A debut novel that was based on the author's own background, my favourite read of 2012 so far, I thought this a very honest novel...... the miners 'story' perhaps ringing more true to my ears than Eve's story.

Well plotted and with a tremendous wealth of characters, it dealt with some of the important social and political aspects of the time - not least of which being the divide between rich and poor and the fight for recognition by the trade unions.

Wonderfully descriptive, the author does inde
This book takes place in the early 1900's in a Yorkshire mining village called Netherwood. It's the story of the people of the town and their interactions with each other. Teddy Hoyland is the current earl and his wife is Clarissa. Teddy inherited the mines so is the town's main employer. He is well liked and respected. Clarissa would like to associate with people in her own class rather than mingling with the villagers. They have three children, Tobias (Toby), Henrietta (Henry) and Isabella.

For the first 40 pages or so, I thought oh dear it's a bit Catherine Cookson, but it began to win me over as the pages went by. I had a grandmother who was a mining widow like Eve who also sold her baking to make ends meet, later opening a small general store from her front room. So I warmed to the character of Eve and her struggles. I confess to a little irritation with Eve's beauty - why must heroines always be so gorgeous that every male character is alive with desire for them?

The plot lines
"North and South" meets "Downton Abbey" is what this book is like. I liked it quite a bit. Not quite 4 stars, but definitely more than just 3. It was well written. But there didn't seem to be any real climax or conclusion to the book. It's obvious there is a sequel, but I still feel like there should have been more of an ending that it had, but also more in the middle to warrant an ending. Plus there were a few pages of detailed sexual encounters that didn't need as much description as were give ...more
This is a classic example of an author starting her story in the wrong place, and losing readers as a result.

The jacket tells us it's the story of a young woman who has to make her own living after her "world falls apart". When we're introduced to that young woman, happily married, on page 1, and find that her husband's a miner, we can guess what's going to happen.

The trouble is, you have to plough through eighty pages of background to get to the mining accident, and then another twenty or so pa
No dudo en recomendar Netherwood a los amantes de los buenos dramas de época: me ha parecido una novela entretenida y bien contada, con una protagonista de bandera y algunos secundarios inolvidables, de esos que merecen un libro sólo para ellos.

¡Puedes leer mi opinión completa en la reseña que he hecho en mi blog!

Kayla Beck
When I was a teenager, I stumbled across Marion Chesney's Poor Relations series, and I devoured them. I've gone back to reread them several times over the years, and I've never been able to find a series that gave me quite the same enjoyment. That is, until I found Netherwood by Jane Sanderson. It does not have the same lightness and swoony romance as the aforementioned Victorian-based novels, but it was an absolute pleasure to read.

Sometimes, I like to escape into the lives of ordinary peop
Kristin Gleeson
I read a review praising this book and for the section I did read I found it uninspiring and even laboured at times. This novel is described as an 'upstairs downstairs' type set in the early 19th century in an industrial town and the characters are as wooden as the shoes that they wear on their feet.
Tia Bach
It's the early 1900s, and the distinction between the classes is clearly defined. Lord Netherwood makes a fine living off the dangerous work of others in his coal mines. Now, he's struggling to keep his son in line. Tobias would rather sneak off with a young lady than take his role as the heir seriously.

Then there's Eve... married to a good man who works in the mines, she works hard to make their house a home and raise their three children. When tragedy strikes, she struggles to move forward. Th
It's 1904 and Eve and her husband live well enough in Netherwood. Arthur is a strong man who takes pride in his work in the coal mines. Eve keeps house, cleverly stretching their resources and managing their affairs while also taking care of the children. When she hears that nearby Grangely residents - currently on strike for unfair wages at their own mines - are being forcibly evicted, Eve wants to help in any way she can. The local reverend approaches Eve and Arthur requesting that they take i ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Glenys rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gwyneth Haylock
Well it's only a potboiler really but a very good one, like soaking in a hot bath or eating a box of chocolates. Downton Abbey with different characters, couldn't put it down.
I have found a new author to enjoy – Jane Sanderson! Netherwood is a historical fiction novel set around the year 1902 in the fictional town of Netherwood in England. Eve Williams is the wife of coal miner, Arthur Williams, and the mother of three children. She is known for her great cooking. When tragedy strikes, Eve must make the most of her talent to help her family survive.

The mines at Netherwood are owned by Lord Netherwood. The Earl has a pretty, but unfaithful wife, an eldest daughter wit
Cathy Strasser
I bought this book because it was advertised for "people who like Downton Abbey" and I love Downton. The book was different in tone to the TV show with equal emphasis being placed on the manor and the people of the coal mining village and coal mine that support the manor. The time and place - Yorkshire prior to WWI - were similar to Downton and many of the social issues were similar (the changing role of women, the erosion of the supremacy of the aristocracy). I found the characters engaging and ...more
WARNING: This book contains very descriptive sex acts. Sensitive readers beware.

I have a few big problems with this book. The biggest issue I had was with the smut that surfaced two-thirds of the way through. Up to that point, the more unsavory characters and their sexual exploits were mentioned and eluded to, but nothing too detailed. Then BAM I was reading right out of Playboy. After that, I started to skim through the rest to see if that was the only instance. I was so disappointed to find t
What initially grabbed my attention to read Netherwood was the description of its similarity to Downton Abbey. I don't know exactly what it is about that show but I love that we get to see both sides of the wealthy and the working class under one roof. In Netherwood you get these different points of view as well but it's very dissimilar with everything else it brings to the story. The book's central character is Eve Williams, who loses her husband in a mining accident and has to find a way to pr ...more
Carol W

Coal mining was big business in the early 1900's. It was a time of great changes socially and economically, but the class divide was still very apparent. The mine owners were uneasy about the new wave of mining unions fighting for better conditions for the miners.

In this fabulous novel, the author explores those changes with a fast paced and action packed story that does not favour either of the classes. The author has a real talent for scene setting and describing every last detail, whether it
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Eve Williams and her husband Arthur live a hard but satisfying life. When Eve was growing up in Grangely never did she think that she would end up in Netherwood, married to a good man who worked hard in Lord Netherwood's mines, with three beautiful children, where a good meal on the table and a clean house would be her pride and joy. Though her life is about to be tested in many ways. The miner
Sam Still Reading
Oct 01, 2012 Sam Still Reading rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of good historical fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: fell for the sticker that said 'perfect for fans of Downton Abbey'
I first became intrigued with this book when it was released shortly before Christmas last year, at the height of Downton Abbey mania in Australia. What Downton fan wouldn’t be immediately interested in a book that proclaimed that it was just perfect for them? Before you click ‘buy’, please let me tell you that this is not an upstairs/downstairs drama focusing on the community of one ‘great’ house.

Oh no. It’s so much more than that. That’s where I think people looking for Downton-in-a-book will
After reading a series of non-fiction books, I needed a lighter read, something to entertain. This book did that, although it wasn't one I couldn't put down. I believe better reviewers than I have done a good job revealing the strengths and weaknesses of this book. I probably will read the sequel sometime when I need another brain cleanser. The plot lines for it have been clearly laid in Netherwood. I will say that I liked Eve Williams, Anna, and many of the residents of Netherwood.
Meh. Enjoyable in that it is easy chick-lit and a complete rip off of Downton Abbey, but the main character is way too "mary-sue" for my taste. Very few flaws, everyone wants her, she succeeds at everything, blah blah blah. (She received 2 marriage proposals and even more offers of attention in a book that is what, 350 pages? Give me a break) I would have preferred if the author actually spent more time on some of the other characters and the world in which they live.
II liked it, though it was one of those books that I would have preferred to listen to on tape as some of the accents were hard for me to read (I just pretended it was Daisy talking and that seemed to help).
The storyline was fun, but this book badly needed an editor. It was quite jarring in several occasions when the perspective would switch mid-paragraph for a while. It made it hard to read. The storyline was interesting and I can see the similarities to Downton.
Have you ever been so excited to read a book that when you finally do, you just don't care about it anymore? That's what happened to me with Netherwood. Maybe it was just the comparison to Downton Abbey that made me pick up the book. But once I started reading, I just didn't care about finishing it anymore. I didn't care about the characters, maybe because there's too many of them.
I liked the book and devoured it. It is nicely paced and entertaining in a feel good way. That said it has some somewhat serious flaws. The heroine is a Mary Sue. There are too many characters and too many plots (why do we have the "upper class" point of view anyhow?). I will read the next one though.
I really liked this book. Insights into life at the turn of the 20th Century in coal-mining areas in Yorkshire.
I felt sympathetic to the characters, and really liked that there were 3 strong female characters.
Looking forward to the sequel.
On the blurb of this book, it says 'Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey', so grabbed it on that basis. An easy read, that did loose me in some of the super large paragraphs and did lack depth in places, but it was a comfortable read. I did learn a lot about the earlier coal mining days which i found interesting and i felt for the hardship that the 'common' folk had to endure on a day to day basis - (not sure how i would have handled life then!) Will certainly have to buy the sequel though to close ...more
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Jane Sanderson was born in South Yorkshire in 1962. She studied English at Leicester University, then after graduating she became a journalist. After a series of jobs with local newspapers she joined the BBC where she worked as a producer for Radio 4, first on the World at One, and then on Woman's Hour. She lives with her husband, the Independent journalist and author Brian Viner, and their three ...more
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