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Jim Norris is stony broke, working every hour God sends digging and delving in his small market garden, and helping out a neighbouring farmer for very little return. So he knows he's the luckiest man in the world when Mary, the niece of well-off local gentry, marries him despite being cut off by her wealthy aunts. Mary slogs beside him in all weathers to make a living and ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published November 6th 2013 by Sunpenny Limited
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I found myself being completely engrossed in the lives of the characters. It is a very sad and moving story but I think it is so well written and the characters were all so clearly drawn that I found it, at times, extremely hard to put down. I was so desperate to know how things would end up for Jim and Mary and my only criticism would be that I really didn't want it to end there! I long to know what happens next and look forward to some more Jenny Piper books.
Apr 05, 2014 Ann Reynolds rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Ann by: Saw it advertised.
I bought this book as a holiday read in March and I really enjoyed it. I found that I was so engrossed in the characters that I didnt want to leave my sunbed and join in other activities just wanted to carry on reading. The story was moving and the author has managed to bring all the characters alive and so interesting. I felt emotional for them and do hope that there is going to be a sequel book as I want to see what happens to the family. A real family story and I throroughly enjoyed it.
This book was well-written, although at first it took me a while to get a sense of time and place. The storyline is quite sad, with Mary descending into madness while Jim struggles to cope. I would have liked to feel more sympathy for their child, Patricia, but she comes across as such an unpleasant child and later adult that this was impossible - but I imagine this was as the author intended.