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Faded Dreams: No Other Joe Part One [Kindle Edition]

Eileen Haworth
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What binds a man and wife together when the hate they share for each other is as powerful as their love? When their lives are forever overshadowed by a terrible secret that threatens to tear the marriage apart?
Joe and Florrie Pomfret must put aside their dreams and make it work.

Faded Dreams, a raw family saga set in an East Lancashire mill-town during the first half of the 20th Century, follows the turbulent lives of the working-class Joe and Florrie.

Joe is hard-drinking, volatile and uncouth on one hand, a loving family man on the other. His fundamental kindness and wicked sense of humour contrast vividly with his explosive fits of rage and heartless behaviour; both sides have a life-long effect on his children.

Florrrie is haunted by memories of her parents' unhappy marriage and fears that history will repeat itself. She matches Joe's drinking and flirting and is strong-willed enough to confront him and his uncontrollable temper, often at the expense of her children's emotional needs.

Throughout the Second World War, and for many years afterward, Joe's ability to conjure hilarity and mayhem out of mundane events ensures that, regardless of the crisis, the family shares a smile for every tear shed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Eileen Haworth; 2 edition (29 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087ECWXY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 15 July 2012
By Tibjew
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The author gallops through a few decades of history set against the richly painted canvas of a North-West town. The story is driven along in an effective biopic style focusing on the personalities of two central charaters.

Faded Dreams isn't about twists or intrigue but far more earthy plot elements, human drama and tragedy, overlaid by the comedy of life. Without a doubt this works.

Well worth giving this novel a go.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! what a bargain! 23 Jun. 2012
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For those of you who enjoy authors such as Josephine Cox, Dee Williams etc. then this is a book for you. It follows the ups and downs of a Lancashire family from the war years and onwards. It covers, poverty, alcoholism, violence, and unmarried motherhood in the 50's to name but a few but what shines through is a family strongly bound by love for each other. This book made me cry but at times is hilariously funny,no complicated plots to follow just a really good book to get into a comfy chair with and forget about the rain outside. What a bargain!!. Many thanks to the author
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I was so pleased with this book. It has just about everything to make a good story. I like the realism of the characters as they are portrayed warts and all in a very direct way that kept me reading. Joe Pomfret is a charming character but has his faults like everyone else. The relationship between him and his wife Florrie goes through many changes and both characters make mistakes and live with them, some rather uncomfortably. Having been married for more than twenty years I can really relate to the couple's ups and downs. I have been able to see a real picture in my mind as the story unfolds and have been impressed by the author's descriptions and portrayals of wartime Britain. The author writes dialogue with genuine knowledge of the regional accents and I can almost hear the characters speaking and this is a particular strength in this novel. The story takes us through several decades and keeps straight to the point without long and pointless descriptive passages that I admit I often skip through in some books. A great read, I will look forward to reading more from this author.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 16 Aug. 2012
By Sucina
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A good and easy flowing read. It is a bit predictable, not a great literary work but worth reading nevertheless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 11 Dec. 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - it follows the trials and tribulations of one family - the ups and downs of Florrie and Joe the parents bringing up their young family through the decades. You will laugh and cry reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all human life is here 16 Oct. 2012
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I first downloaded the free sample onto my kindle as I was unsure about the book but very soon got involved in the characters of Joe and Florrie and the turbulent life they lead and bought the full book. I am glad I did, it is gritty but heart rendering at times, it was hard to reconcile what would certainly be regarded as severe child abuse today. However it was impossible to dislike either Joe or Florrie as they so clearly loved the children in their own way and fought tooth and nail for them although perhaps not always in the right way. It is rare that I read a novel more than once but I feel certain that this will be an exception
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars faded dreams 8 Nov. 2012
By rhod
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This was a most interesting book that i took on my holidayn ,and it it so well written that i could not put it down and very nealy miss my flight a lovely story that i truly recommend, thanks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars faded dreams that go on and on 27 Nov. 2012
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One of the most compelling reads for me for a very long time. Just couldn't stop reading it. Downloaded to my Kindle and read it in a weekend. Wonderful. Would recommend to any reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good book very easy to read you very quickly into all the lives of the characters and a very sad end
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Really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down. Having been brought up in Blackburn the place names were true to life and it felt like I was living the story even down to the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ewood
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Again another good read, the first book by this author but would not hesitate more look forward to reading another novel by her.x
Published 12 months ago by stephen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Enjoyed this book, very easy to read but wish it had been a bit more gripping..... a good book to take on holiday I think. A very believable story
Published 15 months ago by claire booth
5.0 out of 5 stars faded dreams
Loved this book gripping story line will read more books by Eileen Haworth as she is a brilliant author even if this was my first book by her
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