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A Thread of Gold

A Thread of Gold [Kindle Edition]

Helen Cannam

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Reviews: 'A good long read which takes us from the 1870s to the end of the First World War...' Meg Bradley, Aberdeen Evening Express 1989
'A thoroughly entertaining romance.' Daily Post 1989

For Laure Frémont it is the end of a fairy story, the moment of 'happy ever after'. In the summer of 1866 she has married the man of her dreams, Philippe Naillac, owner of the Château de Casseuil with its famous vineyards. Soon, she is as passionate about the vineyard as he is. A lifetime of unbroken happiness lies before them - or so she believes.
But there is to be no 'happy ever after'. All too soon the clouds gather over her new life. There is Philippe's redoubtable mother, who clearly has no intention of relinquishing control over the household to her daughter-in-law. There is the new disease from America that threatens the vineyards of France, and Casseuil's in particular. And there are the looming financial difficulties that Laure does not see until - too late - a night of horror forces them on her consciousness.
Plunged into grief and heartache, she finds herself struggling alone to ensure the survival of the place she has come to love, along with her own survival and that of her daughter, Mathilde. Faced with poverty, isolation and the hostility of a male-dominated world, Laure sets out with ruthlessness and skill to restore the vineyard to its former greatness, at terrible cost to her own hopes of happiness. She - and Casseuil - survive war, rebellion and social unrest, until a devastating global conflict in a new century threatens to destroy for ever all that she has worked for.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1188 KB
  • Print Length: 717 pages
  • Publisher: Helen Cannam; 2 edition (16 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYQ63CY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been writing stories since I was eight, with only a brief interruption for the births of our children.

Now a grandmother, I am still writing, mostly historical novels. I have 22 published fiction titles under three different names - mostly as Helen Cannam, but also (for 7 early historical romances) as Caroline Martin and Mary Corrigan. Most of my novels are now available at the Kindle store. For more about these books, visit my website at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Family Epic 11 Nov 2013
By Karen L. Lee - Published on
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I chose this book because of an interest in wine making industry and in historical fiction. However, it was the epic story spanning several generations that drew me in. It is quite a long story with many intriguing twists and turns set against the background first of the French Revolution, the ensuing aftermath, and finally WWI. The family goes through many highs and lows... riches and poverty, love, betrayal, deceipt, and loyalty, faith and despair. Loved ones die and children are born. Throughout it all the family endures. There are times when the outcomes are predictable and some when they are unexpected. Sometimes the descriptive passages seem too long but at the end I realized they did contribute to a deeper understanding of the characters' thoughts and emotions, the era in which they lived, and the greater historical perspective. For those who like epic family stories, I would recommend this book.
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