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Tilly Trotter Widowed by Catherine Cookson
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Sep 17, 09

bookshelves: best-of-catherine-cookson, england
Read in August, 2009

The final novel in the Tilly Trotter trilogy had me on the edge of my seat. It opens with Tilly and her son, Willy and her adopted daughter returning to England where a bunch of rude, judgemental villagers await her. After arriving home and settling back into her late husband's estate, Tilly shows amazing bravery and brazenly faces the villagers down right after church one Sunday. Having been accused of being a witch in the previous novels, Tilly uses the villagers own superstitions against themselves, scaring them into leaving her son alone.

Meanwhile, she is running the mine that she used to work in, even going so far as to aide in rescue efforts.

Part two goes ahead approximately 15 years and a new scandal enfolds involving her son and the daughter of a man that once spurned by Tilly, now hates her with a passion, including her almost blind son. Will Noreen, the daughter of the bitter Simon, escape her locked prison and run to Willy's arms? Or will Simon kill Willy first? I must not forget to mention that Tilly's adopted daughter, while being spurned for her darker skin by all the townfolk, also loves Willy, but knowing she cannot have him, has decided to run back to America. Through all this drama, Tilly finally comes to terms with the fact that she too, loves a man again. Unfortunately for Tilly, the man she loves has waited over 30 years for her and now that she is ready to open her arms and her heart to him, he has found solace in the arms of another.

So much suspense and a wonderful conclusion to a superb trilogy.

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