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The Branded Man

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When Marie, the wayward young daughter of a prosperous Northumbrian family, falls and injures herself, she is rescued by a mysterious man. As soon as she recovers her mother sends her to live with an aunt in London, and in her charge life is strict.

Marie grows to depend on the friendship of her aunt's companion, Sarah, and encouragement from her music tutor. But why, when
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 5th 2008 by Corgi (first published 1997)
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When Marie Anne is born it sets in motion a train of events that will change her family's lives forever, she is wild, gypsy like and has a terrible temper but then having never been shown much love by either her parents or her siblings so when she is shipped off to London to live with a tyrannical distant aunt after a fight with her sister Evelyn it starts Marie Anne off on another dramatic turn in her life.
After a disgrace where she becomes pregnant she is yet again shipped off to what her aunt
Flyss Williams
Bittersweet tale of an unloved young girl, mistreated by her mother and sent away to live with her cold hearted aunt, misfortune seems to haunt her until she forms a friendship with her aunts fiesty irish housekeeper, who is willing to put the girls happiness first even if it is at the cost if her own.
Penny Kettlewell
One of her best

I enjoy period novels & CC is gifted in her mixtures of plots, characters & history and her ability to blend them coherently draws a reader into the story itself. She knows the realities of most of her characters lives & unfolds them so the reader can nearly hear & smell the backdrop of her stories. I would highly recommend CC's books, and though some are naturally better than others, they are all worth the effort, time & money to both read & share.
Been ages since i read a Cathrin Cookson... Still a grand read, I loved many of the charecters, places and seasons ..Thanks
Cassadie Bouchie
I thought this was an absolutely amazing book, it was so mesmerizing. I am in love with the details in this book.
I read all of Catherine Cookson's books some years ago and enjoyed them immensley. I recently re-read all of them and find that on a second look I found them all so very predictable, and was rather disappointed. However I'm sure that it is my tastes that have changed not the calibre of her story telling.
As in most of Cookson's books she writes with strong female characters overcoming some miserable circumstance or misfortune. I also love the English accents given her characters. If you like books set in old England and well developed characters, you will enjoy books by Catherine Cookson!
Emily Stone
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Miranda Starmz
Oct 25, 2011 Miranda Starmz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mystery or intrigue with a touch of romance
Simply amazing. Although it was tedious at times (although maybe my weariness was to blame for falling asleep several times during reading, and because it has grown to be a habit for me to do so?), I loved it.
I like Catherine Cookson's novels but I wish she added more romance into the mix. The drama's always more forefront. The story was very good and I liked the characters.
It was all right, but I don't think I'll be reading any more Catherine Cookson for a while...
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DNF There is too much misery between these pages and none of it beautifully written.
One of my favorite authors with a great story and well developed characters.
Amy Louise
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A good book, as are all from this author. Brenda
Leanne Hunt
As always, a riveting read from this author.
One of her great ones! Cookson at her best!
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Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for ...more
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