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Farewell to Lancashire (The Swan River Saga #1)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  101 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Cassandra Blake has raised her three motherless sisters. The girls are the pride of their father Zachariah. When Lancashire's cotton supplies fail, due to the American Civil War, the mills fall silent and there's no work. There are stark choices: stay and risk starvation or pack up and begin again elsewhere. Cassandra has fallen in love with Reece Gregory. When he's given ...more
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Lauren Murphy
This was not the light-headed historical romance that I had expected, although it had started that way. Instead, it revealed the depths of hardship during the American war which had huge effects onEngland’s sustainability.

Four sisters nurse their sickly father as they waste away due to hunger and poverty. The only hope for Cassandra, the eldest is her friendship with Reece, who visits weekly and they discuss the pleasures of books and travel. They love each other, but in those tough times he was
Marjorie Macfarlane
I SO enjoyed this book, just randomly picked up, hadn't heard of the author before, but gosh right from the beginning I was hooked. Anna has a knack of transporting you into the life that women had in the time just before the American War of Independence, in Lancashire England and probably in other parts of the UK at this time in history. This community she takes us into is an era when status mattered, where judgements were made of you constantly, how poorly you were dressed, your demeanour and ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An historical romance with a very convincing background, as we learn of the hardships that hit the Lancashire cotton mills as a result of the American Civil War blockade on raw cotton exports. Cassandra is a strong individual caring for her father and younger sisters. I must admit I found the scenes of her aunt's machinations against her a tad over dramatic, but Cassandra overcame her turmoils top begin a new life in the Swan Colony in Western Australia. I was left with questions at the end - wh ...more
EA Harwik
Jan 11, 2014 EA Harwik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday evening I picked up `Farewell to Lancashire' and read it cover-to-cover. Rather annoying, I'm busy at the moment and I had to start work at 4am today.

`Farewell to Lancashire' is the most gorgeous story. The novel is
so empowering, for the reader, for the characters and the plot so rich. It's quite impossible to put down.

I'm quite sure there is something in the water in Western Australia that turns people like Anna Jacobs into authors. It couldn't be just skill and hard work, or they'd b
Bronwyn Rykiert
I enjoyed this book enough to want to read the rest of the series of the Blake sisters of Lancashire.

Cassandra, Pandora, Xanthe and Maier Blake had a good life until the Civil War in America which forced the closing down of the Cotton Mill where the Blake family worked. They managed until the death of their father. After his death it gave their nasty and crazy aunt Isabel Blake an excuse to get rid of them. When the girls started sewing to help earn some money Isabel had sent a rumour around abo
Anne Harvey
Oct 13, 2013 Anne Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel in Anna Jacobs' Swan River Colony (Western Australia). It's the story of the eldest daughter, Cassandra, of book-loving Edwin Blake. Books about the other sisters follow. When Edwin dies, all four girls become victims of a vindictive aunt. Cassandra is kidnapped and held prisoner and her safety is used as a weapon to banish the three younger sisters to Australia. When Cassandra escapes, she is able to follow her sisters and be reunited with the man she loves.

As always, wi
Sep 08, 2014 Shaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this book. As I come from Lancashire and I have visited WA. Been to Perth, Rottnest island, Fremantle and Albany. So know the distances they had to travel.This make the story more interesting. I am now reading the next book.Beyond the Sunset.
Jade aka MrsTosh
I love Anna Jacobs.....I haven't read one book yet that I haven't enjoyed. They all follow the struggles and trials of hard lives but there is usually a happy ending there somewhere. They always leave me with a heavy heart and a warm feeling.
Jo Buckingham
Sep 14, 2015 Jo Buckingham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story, warmed to the nice characters and can't wait to read the next one.
Carlie Hamilton
Apr 25, 2012 Carlie Hamilton rated it really liked it
Fantastic and engaging read. I devoured it in a day
Heather Anthony
Jun 09, 2012 Marg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really am finished with it this time.
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Anna Jacobs has 57 novels published as of April 2012. She writes historical sagas and modern novels alternately, and in the past has written historical romances and fantasy novels (the latter as Shannah Jay).

She's addicted to story-telling and writes three novels a year.
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Other Books in the Series

The Swan River Saga (3 books)
  • Beyond The Sunset (The Swan River Saga, #2)
  • Destiny's Path (The Swan River Saga, #3)

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