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The Coal Gatherer
by Janet Woods
An engrossing saga set in the north-east of Victorian England - When Calandra Ingram known as Callie meets Patricia Lazarus and her brother James whilst gathering sea coal at the waters edge, they strike up a friendship that will last for ever, despite their different backgrounds. When Callie is offered the post of companion to Patricia, it is the first step in her journey ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Severn House Publishers
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Sep 06, 2012 Regina Spiker rated it liked it
Callie Ingram, one of the many living children of Mary and Ebeneezer, has higher hopes than to marry young, bear babies, and gather coal from the sea. She has watched her mother, once from a family of respectable shopkeepers, carry and then mourn the death of her babies and suffer the blows of her father. Befriending the local gentry opens the doors to another life that Callie can only imagine. Can Callie escape this impoverished and brutal life before Ebeneezer marries her off to cruel Sam ...more
The first two thirds of this book were excellent, drawing me in at once to the tragic lives of Mary Ingram and her daughter Callie. The last third of the book wasn't as compelling, and the love story not as developed or believable. The ending felt rushed, and I wish the author had played more on the story line with Callie's new life versus the one her sister Kitty had when left behind. I felt Callie's worry for her sister would have been more, her grief and guilt stronger when she learned of her ...more