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Gilding the Lily

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A heartrending tale of two sisters and their quest for a place to belong, from much-loved author Rita Bradshaw.

Lily and Sarah Brown's childhood is an unhappy one. Sarah escapes by marrying Ralph Turner, a Sunderland dock worker, but Lily doesn't trust Ralph - a dark volatile man with a hidden cruel streak. When he tries to seduce Lily on his wedding day, her worst fears ar
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 23rd 2009 by Gardners Books (first published January 2009)
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Tara Chevrestt
Dec 20, 2009 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. Despite the four hundred some pages, I devoured it in two days.

Sarah and Lily come from a very tense household. Sarah gets herself pregnant and marries Ralph, unknowingly going from the frying pan into the fire. Sarah doesn't realize that Ralph has a cruel, dark side. On top of that, he has a thing for her sister, Lily. Lily wards off his advances not realizing Ralph's determination to get revenge on her. She takes up with his brother John. Meanwhile, family scandal
I grew up reading authors like Lyn Andrews, Meg Hutchinson, Josephine Cox - all the kind of authors that write very well, and write for a specific time period. That period is quite often before/during/after World I & II. I bought this book, purely because it was about the Titanic - as depicted on the cover - but got a very similar author to the above. However, it wasn't AS good as the above authors.

It wouldn't be a book I would normally pick up, had it not been about the Titanic. I'd never
Oct 14, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
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I thought it was a good read. A bit long perhaps....the titanic was what interested me in the first place and unfortunately it doesn't enter into the story until 2/3rds into the book but it was well written and I could really see it as the writer described it.
Overall a good read.
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I really enjoyed the story and the twists and turns but if I had to read the word "bairns" one more time I'm not sure I could have finished.
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Rita Bradshaw was born on 1950 in Northampton, England, where she was educated as a good Christian. She met Clive, her husband, at the age of 16 andnow the magic is still there. They have three lovely children, Cara, Faye, and Benjamin, and have always had a menagerie of animals in the house, whichat the present is confined to two endearing and very comical dogs who wouldmake a great double act on ...more
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