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To Turn Full Circle

(Emma Le Goff #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Life in Devon in 1909 is hard and unforgiving, especially for young Emma Le Goff, whose mother and brother die in curious circumstances, leaving her totally alone in the world. While she grieves, her callous landlord Reuben Jago claims her home and belongings.

His son Seth is deeply attracted to Emma and sympathises with her desperate need to find out what really happened,
Paperback, 333 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Choc Lit (first published May 3rd 2012)
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Tara Chevrestt
What caught my eye about this book and what I especially loved is that it was compared to the style of Catherine Cookson. It is.

We've got an exceptionally cheeky heroine. LOVED her. She's brass, speaks her mind, has funny thoughts, but her life is a shambles. Everyone she meets is a dickwad. Her father is dead, her mother, brother, this arsehole wants to rape her, her neighbor robs her, the town spreads rumors about her, she's homeless, hungry...good gawd, it's How much can one perso
Carol W
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma has fallen on tragic times, losing both her family and her childhood home. Taken in by a neighbour who is not as trustworthy as the local doctor would expect, Emma flees as soon as she is strong enough to venture out on her own.

Emma makes her way back to the tied cottage she shared with her family to find that it is now being rented to a fisherman by the name of Matthew who is working for her father's former employer, Reuben Jago.

So begins the moving story of Emma's struggle to come to ter
Lucie Wheeler
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading To Turn Full Circle and would definitely pick up another book by this author.

The book tells the story of a young girl, Emma Le Goff, who has sadly been orphaned and lost her brother all in a matter of 6 weeks. To rub salt in the wound, nasty landlord, Rueban Jago, throws her out of her home and burns her belongings. She is left with nothing and nobody. The only person she has any sort of friendship with is Seth - one of Rueban Jago's sons. This, in itself, is enough to p
My review of To Turn Full Circle:
DNF - 47%
I gave this a couple of chances and I just don't feel like finishing it anymore. It isn't poorly written, it's actually pretty well written, but I just couldn't make myself concerned about Emma's plight. Well, I was curious, but not that curious that I'm willing to read another hundred or more pages to find out. So, what I did was I just read the blurbs of the other two books in the series to find out.

Again, it's not a bad book but it just doesn't seem to do it for me. I might pick this
'Sometimes life's not about wishes and dreams but about making the most of the situations we find ourselves in.'

It is 1909. Emma Le Goff is fifteen, and as the novel begins she is recovering from illness at the house of a neighbour in the small fishing village in Devon. When she regains her strength and faculties, she remembers the deep sadness that has gone before. She has experienced three huge losses within a short space of time, first her father, then her mother and younger brother Johnnie p
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Up until now, I haven’t really ventured into the world of historical fiction – I wasn’t really intrigued by these stories and I knew they wouldn’t be my cup of tea. But then I saw To Turn Full Circle and something changed. I genuinely liked the sound of this story, the story of a young girl with a difficult past, and decided that this novel would be a great way for me to branch out and to start my journey into unknown territory. And
Shaz Goodwin
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We first meet Emma Le Goff as she is recovering from an illness. She’s staying with a neighbour, Mrs Phipps, who appropriates the money left by Dr Shaw to buy her food … so Emma is weak. Not only physically weak from the illness but also from not being nourished!

From the moment Emma steps out to go back to her home, Shingle Cottage, trauma seems to follow her every footstep yet despite that, she is a lead heroine who does not let circumstances affect her spirit and always fights for her own corn
Blodeuedd Finland
Poor Emma, she sure lived in a village filled with bitches and bastards. People can be so cruel, but then they can be so kind too and not ask for anything in return. It kind of reminded me of the Catherine Cookson stories, her heroines always have a hard time before finding their way and luck.

Emma is 15 when her parents die and the crappy village she lives in does not make things better. She is on her own, but she is strong and wont let anyone push her around. That is what I liked about her, her
Moon Love
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come...Emma stole my heart from the first page. I grieved with her and experienced rage on her behalf. I was very intrigued about what had brought her so low. I admired her grit and determination to stand on her own feet and prove all the naysayers wrong. I had no idea this book was part of a trilogy when I started reading it.

Seth was a conundrum for me. I liked him for the most part but wasn't able to understand some of his choices. I understand both Emma and Seth are young, but they
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read – it didn’t take me long to be hooked into the story. I really liked Emma, despite being young, she was resilient and fiesty having to overcome some difficult situations and prejudices against her. She had to make the most of the circumstances forced upon her and often comply to the wishes of those around her who had her ‘best interests at heart’ – although it could sometimes be argued just whose ‘best interests’ were at the fore.

Seth, Emma’s long time and all time love, di
Charlotte Mcfall
To Turn Full Circle is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Linda Mitchelmore. Based in 1900’s Devon our heroine Emma Le Geoff life takes a turn for the worse when she loses both her mother and brother. Her father had died sometime previous to the story. Her mother’s landlord makes her homeless and she now has to make her own way in the world. Not easy for a young girl of sixteen when the rumour mongers have got you in their sights.

Linda has done her homework in regards to the historical
Beverley Eikli
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life was hard for the average working person in an English fishing village in 1909 and I loved how thoroughly I was transported back in time to a place and era so different from today. The book was a series of interesting contrasts, reminding me of how much we take for granted with today's social safety net. Yet the young heroine, through her own initiative - notwithstanding her inevitable youthful mistakes that only made her more endearing -was able to forge something meaningful and beautiful o ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in a small fishing village in Devon during the early 1900's, this fascinating saga draws the reader into the daily life and mindset of the time. The heroine is feisty to say the least, and although life has dealt her a pretty rotten hand, she has the courage to stand up for herself and face down her enemies. She has to battle the prejudices of the time, as well as some very nasty villains, but with the help of friends and the man who loves her, problems that seem insurmountable are ultimatel ...more
Sorcha O'Dowd
A stunning novel from author Linda Mitchelmore. The writing style was fantastic and I honestly felt as though I was walking through the pages of the book as the characters did. I loved the development of the characters and storylines and the 'will they, won't they?' romance between the two main characters. I loved that at some moments I just wanted to bang their heads together and yell at them to talk to each other, and not to keep assuming things. This is always a plus sign for me, as it shows ...more
Liz Willoughby
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful debut set in Devon. I could really picture Devon back then and the characters are so real. Linda Mitchelmore has a great talent for making her story come alive. I can't wait for the sequel. Please can Matthew return?
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading To Turn Full Circle and would definitely pick up another book by this author.I would definitely recommend it to fans of romantic historical fiction.
Kate Smith
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable and well written book. Likeable lead characters and an interesting historical element. Looking forward to the other books in the trilogy.
Henriette Gyland
Beautifully crafted with a real sense of place.
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It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good and for Linda Mitchelmore it was losing her hearing to a viral infection that prompted her to write. She signed up to a postal short story writing course with Writing Magazine and has now had some 150 short stories and serials published in national magazines in the UK, Sweden, South Africa and Australia.
For Linda, it has come full circle since she signed

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