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Beggars and Choosers (Brothers and Lovers Series Book 1)

Beggars and Choosers (Brothers and Lovers Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catrin Collier
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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This was a convincing story with a host of well-drawn characters, from all levels of society. It was difficult to put down. (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)

In Beggars & Choosers, Catrin Collier shows us that she knows the streets of Pontyprydd and the Rhonda like no one else. The concrete reality of the streets, shops and houses sits easily on the pages of this meticulously-researched novel, warming the hearts I am sure of the millions of readers in the Welsh diaspora... the luscious, sensual detail of the Collier novel and also the highly personal attachment to its region that characterises Beggars and Choosers. (MSLEXIA)

Another typically enjoyable novel from the pen of Wales' answer to Catherine Cookson.*** (BOOKCASE)

Catrin Collier, the author of numerous popular and critically acclaimed novels has brought us yet another winner! (SOUTH WALES ECHO)

Catrin Collier brings this era and people to life. She makes it possible to imagine the living conditions of the people at that time and the class divide between the wealthy and the poor. (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

Beggars & Choosers is quite graphic in parts, but that fits in with the gritty reality of the age. I enjoyed the book as a whole. (GWENT GAZETTE)

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Gritty, nostalgic saga set in Pontypridd and the Rhondda at the start of the twentieth century, from the author of HEARTS OF GOLD.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 532 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752859234
  • Publisher: Accent Press (23 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At present (January 2014) working on Winds of Eden the sequel to Long Road to Baghdad. Look out for my raunchy Caro French Farcreek novels, Lady Luck, Lady Lay, Lady Chance named after the Cullen boys yachts. - Coming very soon.
My most bemused moment. When someone commented, "It will be wonderful for Pontypridd when you die." (Many of my novels are set in the town)
My best "putting in place moment". When someone joined a queue at a signing session in Waterstones and waited ten minutes to say, "I don't want a book, love, but as you're here for two hours, look after my shopping for me." - I did.
My proudest moment, when I discovered my Catrin Collier novel, One Last Summer, based on my Prussian born mother's wartime diaries was named recommended reading for adults by the Holocaust Day Memorial Trust.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inveterate Reader 9 Mar 2009
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This is the first in a complete series of six books by Catrin Collier - and they are ALL brilliant! The series follows the life of an originally 'well-to-do' Welsh Mine Owners family, main female character is Salli Jones. She writes in a similar style to the great Catherine Cookson, so if you liked her books, you will certainly like these.

The follow on books are: Winners & Losers, Sinners & Shadows, Finders & Keepers, Tiger Bay Blues and Tiger Ragtime. They can all be read independently, but it is SO interesting to be able to follow the adventures and high's and low's of the growing family from book to book. I feel sure future readers will enjoy them as much as I certainly did!

I feel I HAVE to list the whole series, as I myself read the first one out of context, but enjoyed it so much I looked to see what else Ms Collier had written, but it was difficult to tell the order of writing, so hope this review makes things easier for future readers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good 1 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Well she's done it again.Catrin Collier has come up trumps with her new book "Beggars and Choosers".
The story revolves around a young woman called Sali who through a series of events finds herself at the mercy of a vile man well beneath her supposed station in life.The story follows Sali as she battles her way through fear and oppresion to find a place where she can feel safe with a man who will love her the way she deserves to be loved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An author with heart and soul 14 Mar 2004
I have read all of catrin collier's books, and beggars and choosers continues to put heart and soul into this story. It is the kind of story that pulls the reader right into the pages, and actually feel as if your there right along side of the characters. I have cried and laughed and felt every mixed emotion with the story lines.
I had the pleasure of meeting Catrin Collier in Pontypridd when i lived there, and she has signed lots of my books, i was overwhelmed at meeting such a lovely lady, continue the excellent work Catrin, i'm a true fan. I look forward to your next publication.
Yours truly
Mrs lorraine booth - gosport hampshire.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beggars & Choosers 5 Jun 2004
By A Customer
This book was excellent. I am now reading the 2nd book - Winners and Losers which is just as good. I shall be buying more of Catrin Collier's books if this is typical of her work. Brilliant. You must read it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Welsh Catherine Cookson 15 Aug 2014
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I prefer the books written under this name to her Katherine John murders, which I find implausible.

Sali is the pampered daughter of a Welsh mine owner. When her beloved father is killed down the
mine her world collapses. Her dream of a happy, loving marriage turns to a living hell when she is
married. Her husband is a bully and a sadist who treats her worse than a slave.

The story of her struggles and that of the impoverished miners in 1910 is well told. There is no
bad language or explicit sex and though a tad predictable, there were a couple of twists along the way.

It makes you realize how some women were treated like "possessions" by the men in their lives,
(husbands, relatives, etc.) including claiming any money they inherited.
This would should appeal to any Catherine Cookson fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family interest 2 Nov 2014
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Catrin Collier has a lovely writing style and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Beggars and Choosers. I hope you will like it as much as I did. I was so intrigued by what Catrin’s ancestors had experienced and endured. Staggering how harsh people can be to their own children – just for the sake of a new wife, or any other excuse that suits them. Sadly, human nature doesn’t change, whatever the era.

Jasmine Sparks
Author of Dolly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Jun 2014
By Jane W
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This is the first book in the Brothers and Lovers series. I have read them all and I absolutely love them. They are well written and quickly draw the reader into the storyline. Cannot recommend them more highly if you like a family saga styleof novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beggars and choosers 1 Jun 2014
By Patsy
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Brilliant read, can't put it down once you have started reading . The writer has a fantastic way of writing.
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