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The Garment

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Motherhood is every woman’s right and the natural outcome of a happy marriage. But what then when a normal and beautiful young woman is forced to recognise, after two years as the wife of a country parson in the north of England, that her marriage is a sham and will never bring her the fulfilment she desperately needs?

Grace Rouse is faced with this situation and, like many
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Corgi Books (first published 1962)
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Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Well-writen but not too exciting book about the pastors wife who takes a lover. According to blurb "Motherhood is... the natural outcome of a happy marriage." So without children marriage is unnatural and unhappy? Yes, Grace WANTS sex and a child, and her husband is both arrogant and impotent, but does this excuses adultery?
Nov 14, 2008 rated it liked it
One of her early books - good but not as good as her later ones.

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Grace Rouse tried in vain to love her husband but found she could not. Looking for love elsewhere, she found herself torn between a man who could give her children and a man who passionately desired children but could only give them his name.
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I read all of Catherine Cookson's books some years ago and enjoyed them immensley. I recently re-read all of them and find that on a second look I found them all so very predictable, and was rather disappointed. However I'm sure that it is my tastes that have changed not the calibre of her story telling.
Tara Chevrestt
Dec 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: england
I can't stand the heroine. She is weak, scared of everything, and ridiculous. It is not Cookson's usual style of heroine at all.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
OK so this isn't her greatest writing or even her best story. The characters are a bit two dimensional for me. Still I needed something light to read at the time and this fit the bill nicely.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Some parts of the book were a bit long winded but the story got through eventually
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Enjoyed very much as I do all of Catherine Cookson books
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Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, who Catherine believed was her older sister. Catherine began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master.

Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby
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