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Verity Barforth was an untouched girl of 17 when she was married. She was a woman of 26 when she fell in love.
Verity knew well why her handsome, womanizing cousin Joel Barforth wed her. She was heiress to a great Yorkshire weaving mill, and her husband lusted for wealth as keenly as he lusted for her.

In return, Joel gave her all a nineteenth-century wife could expect -- a
Paperback, 471 pages
Published April 7th 1981 by Signet (first published 1980)
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Jul 19, 2009 Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing
Brenda Jagger is one of the most underrated historical novelists out there. Her forte is Victorian England; she can put her finger exactly on the class struggle of the newly-rich industrialists, the proud aristocrats, and the desperate poor who are forced to coincide in the rough mill towns of the Industrial Revolution. Even more specifically she can put her finger on the desperate soul-searching of well-to-do Victorian girls who got married, were placed on pedestals, and wondered just what the ...more
May 12, 2014 Verity rated it it was ok
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If it hadn't been for the CollegeStudent's 2009 Challenge, I probably would not have read this book for another 10+ years, when I might have chanced upon it in a small used bookstore in a no-name town and bought it because of the title. Having the same obscure name as the main character was a little disconcerting at first, though finally nice to know the feeling of reading one's own name as a character, and more so when it seemed as though our personalities were the same.

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The first in a series about life in manufacturing England and the rising merchant class.
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Brenda Jagger was born on 1936 in Yorkshire, England, UK, which was the setting for many of her books including her famous ‘Barforth’ family saga. The recurring central themes of her work are marriage, womanhood, class, identity, and money in the Victorian Era. Her work has been praised for its compelling plots and moving storylines as well as its exacting emotional descriptions. Her later novel A ...more
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