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Farewell to Lancashire

(The Swan River Saga #1)

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Separated from all that she loves... Cassandra Blake has raised her three sisters. The girls are the pride of their impractical father Zachariah, and not in a hurry to marry. Then the American Civil War cuts off supplies of cotton to Lancashire and the mills fall silent. There is a stark choice: stay and risk starvation or begin again elsewhere. Then an old feud tears the ...more
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mois reads
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sisters

A lovely read from Anna about 4 sisters destined for distant shores and heartache along the way a very enjoyable read and looking forward to the next instalment 5 STARS .
Clarabel
Suite à la guerre civile américaine, l'industrie anglaise est en pleine crise en ne recevant plus de coton. La population est affamée et le boulot manque à l'appel. Les sœurs Blake vivent avec leur père de façon rudimentaire mais se serrent les coudes pour ne pas sombrer dans la misère.
C'était sans compter sur l'épouse de leur oncle (brouillé depuis des années avec la famille) qui leur voue une haine farouche et emploie tous les coups bas pour nuire à leur réputation. Mais vraiment TOUS les coup
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Lauren K
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 wa
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Tracey
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this well written and well thought out story. Such an easy read, wasn't too heavy but was interesting and kept my attention. Farewell to Lancashire is the story of Cassandra Blake and her family. I was interested to read how the American Civil War cut off the supply of cotton to the mill towns in Lancashire and how that effected hundreds of families who depended on work in the cotton mills. My only complaint is that you are left desperate to read the next book in the series as t ...more
E.A. Harwik
Jan 09, 2014 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
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Susan
Jun 29, 2014 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 to begin a new life in the Swan Colony in Western Australia. I was left with questions at the end - wha ...more
Marie-Nel
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai beaucoup aimé ce roman, Anna Jacobs y mêle judicieusement la petite histoire à la grande. J'ai ainsi appris que la guerre de Sécession en Amérique avait eu de graves répercussions jusqu'en Angleterre où les filatures de coton ferment les unes après les autres, mettant ainsi toute une région dans le cahos le plus total.

J'y ai ainsi fait la connaissance de Cassandra Blake et de ses trois sœurs, Pandora, Xanthe et Maia. Elles vivent toutes les quatre avec leur père, Edwin, un passionné de Grec
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Lectrice-lambda
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
« Le destin de Cassandra » est le premier tome de la série « Swan River ».
Cassandra est l’aînée d’une fratrie de quatre soeurs. Elles habitent dans le Lancashire, une région d’Angleterre reconnue pour son travail du coton. Sauf qu’en 1861, les filatures subissent une pénurie de coton, causant leurs fermetures et plongeant les habitant dans la misère.
Cassandra, son père Edwin et ses petites soeurs vont tout faire pour réussir à survivre, jusqu’au jour où le patriarche décède.
Les filles vont alors
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Mari LovesBooks
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En ce moment je ne sais pas pourquoi mais je suis dans ma période de romans historiques ! Énormément me font envies... et Le destin de Cassandra n'a pas fait exception ! Le résumé m'a tout de suite donnée envie de plonger dans cette histoire !

Cassandra Blake est l'aînée de la famille et de ce fait se sent responsable de la petite maison. Alors quand une crise sans précédent à lieu en Angleterre, laissant énormément de familles sans le sous, elle est prête à tout pour ne pas laisser une seule de
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Leboudoirdulivre
1861. Outham, Lancashire. En pleine crise économique due à la guerre de Sécession, la famine fait rage avec les usines de coton qui ferment les unes après les autres. Cassandra Blake et ses trois sœurs tentent tant bien que mal de subvenir à leurs besoins malgré la haine de leur tante Isabel qui fait de leurs vies un enfer.

Au cours de leurs recherches pour trouver un emploi, elles se voient contraintes de travailler aux œuvres de la paroisse. Prises en grippe par les dames patronnesses à cause d
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Le Carnet de Stitch
Lien : https://lecarnetdestitch.blogspot.com...

Je remercie tout d'abord la maison d'édition L'Archipel pour leur confiance dans ce partenariat et pour l'envoi de ce service presse. "Le destin de Cassandra" est le premier tome de la saga racontant la vie de Cassandra et de ses sœurs dans le Lancashire au XIX e siècle.

En 1861, le Lancashire subit la crise du coton. L'Angleterre connaît une crise sans précédent où les usines mettent la clé sous la porte les unes après les autres, plongeant la pop
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Hamisoitil
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voilà le style de roman que j'adore découvrir et qui vient de me toucher en plein coeur. Avec une plume magistrale, l'auteure Anna Jacob emporte le lecteur dans une époque où les conséquences de la guerre ont pris le pouvoir et laissé les civils dans la pauvreté, la famine et j'en passe. Parmi eux, nous découvrons la famille Blake qui cherche à survivre et à affronter ce qui leur tombe dessus.
Nous faisons la connaissance de l'aînée : Cassandra, l'héroïne du roman et surtout celle qui va le plus
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Jess Swann
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'étais un peu hésitante à me lancer dans cette romance historique mais, au final, j'ai beaucoup aimé ce tome. Les soeurs Blake sont attachantes ( j'ai un petit faible pour Pandora) et, le moins que l'on puisse dire c'est que l'auteure n'épargne pas ses personnages. J'ai juste adoré le rebondissement concernant Cassandra et ce que sa tante (folle) lui a concocté ! C'est odieux mais une bonne touche de glauque n'a jamais été pour me déplaire, par conséquent j'ai vraiment apprécié les terribles ép ...more
MRS S PUSEY
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant as always.

The Blake family members seemed very respectful and liked by people who new them how awful the way their aunt hated them and what she done to them all especially Cassandra evil women thankfully the vicar and his wife helped them all be together and glad their uncle changed his will in favour of them as the aunt got her commupence in the end can't wait to read the next book.
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Lynn Smith
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Lutrolle
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Un premier tome qui nous plonge dans le passé auprès de personnages tous très attachants. Les descriptions sont très justes, la plume fluide, très agréable. Vite, la suite !
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Clare Hayes
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story

Fantastic story.Enjoyed every but of the twists and turns of real life. Made me cry in some parts..Can't wait to start the next one in the series.
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brenda young
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great

I enjoyed reading this the first of three books in this series and I'm looking forward to starting book two .
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Lietta_G
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sans doute pas un roman inoubliable, mais une intrigue bien déroulée et bien écrite, aux héroïnes intéressantes.
Ayny
It had more suspense than I had thought and enjoyed learning about emigration to Australia. This is the first of a three part historical romance saga.
Margaret Williams
Interesting storyline and historically worth telling but a lightweight read.
Roger Beaumont
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spells out the problems that the sisters face and offers partial solutions ready for the next volume in this series
Kim
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant
K S Renuka
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always the best

She always makes me feel live and depicts in such a way that you could really visualize the happenings. Many a time I have felt ....you Rock Anna
Cyd
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Anna Jacobs!
hanna.sophie
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meine Meinung:
Der Schreibstil von Anna Jacobs hat mir sehr gut gefallen, da das Buch flüssig zu lesen war und ich immer verstanden habe was sie gemeint hat. Zwar hab ich zu Anfang etwas gebraucht mich in den Kapitel zurechtzufinden, da die Sichtweisen in den Kapiteln gewechselt haben. Normalerweise finde ich unterschiedliche Perspektiven in Büchern super, da man so einen vielschichtigen Blick auf die Geschichte hat. Jedoch waren es mir hier viel zu schnelle Wechsel, sodass ich zuerst überhaupt n
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Christiane Lempenauer
Meine Meinung:




Ich lese selten Bücher die ins historische gehen , aber dieses Buch machte mich neugierig , England im 19 Jahrhundert , eine schwierige Zeit mit Krieg , Hungersnot und einer schwierigen Auifgabe wie entscheidet man sich , was ist richtig und Falsch.


Dies Frage stellten sich jedenfalls vier Frauen, alle sehr verschieden , die sich in ihrem neuen Leben klar kommen müssen und sehr viel Mut erwiesen, diesen Neuanfang zu starten und immer wieder Weiter zu kämpfen , egal wieviel Schick
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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
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
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Anne Harvey
Oct 13, 2013 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
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Anna Jacobs has 87 novels published as of April 2019. 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. You can find a list of books and series on her website at www.annajacobs.com

Anna reads 3 novels a week. Happy reading, everyone
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