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The Love Child

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  200 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Unable to obtain a divorce from his alcoholic wife, Nathaniel Martell and his mistress defy convention and live together openly. They manage not only to feed, clothe, and educate their six children but to create a warm family life. However, the hatred of the nearby village cannot be ignored as children grow into young adults. Anna, the oldest daughter, suffers most after s ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 512 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Thorndike Press (first published 1990)
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Set in the 1880's in England, this is the story of parents that paid dearly for a love that defied the convention of the day. Follow Anna, the oldest, along with the other 4 children as they are scorned and shunned by the villagers for the sins of their parents. But alas, two men find the lovely Anna and she has a choice to make. Follow her mother's path or no? Two very different men complicate her already difficult life. There are trials and heartache in this story that even the strongest of us ...more
Margaret Boehm
Excellent written story. They think they know themselves, they don't. They don't realize that as victims themselves, they have build a wall they can't crawl away from.
Is it Shakespeare, no. But I think about these characters all the time. I want people to make a period drama out of this book!
6 children base born must suffer because their parents could not marry so chose to live as though they could. interesting look at life in late 1880s in small village in England
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.
Historical fiction--another genre I've neglected--
It seems I've tried to hit all the gaps in my reading--
Now it seems I need poetry.

The book is set in 19th century England. This book could be the Scarlet Letter set from the illegitimate child's point of view.

My sister recommended this book as one she couldn't put down.

I wasn't so sure; but when I started reading it, the same thing happened. I couldn't put it down.
I think Catherine Cookson wrote her books in the 50's, so it is a bit of a throwback. Set in England in the 1860's. Good plot and interesting characters. I enjoyed it!
Doris Ennis
Like finding out about how it used to be in England when there were levels of society. Also admire Cookson as one who climbed out of such a situation.
very interesting book
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Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, who Catherine believed was her older sister. Catherine 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
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