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Forgive and Forget [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Dickinson
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Book Description

Forgive and Forget is a heart-wrenching historical tale, from the much-loved Margaret Dickinson.

Polly Longden's china-doll looks belie a strong and fiery personality. When typhoid strikes her home city of Lincoln, she needs every ounce of that strength in order to cope. With the death of her mother, thirteen-year-old Polly has to give up her ambition of becoming a teacher to care for her family. When their father, too, falls victim to the typhoid, his only hope is to go to hospital, leaving Polly to cope alone. Thankfully she has the support of her neighbours: Bertha Halliday and her son, Leo, a young policeman.

Through all the hardships that follow, Polly is sustained by her dream of becoming Leo's wife. But her father's hot temper leads him to the wrong side of the law during the railway riots of 1911, forcing Leo to take drastic action that Polly will surely never be able to forgive and forget . . .


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Polly Longden's china-doll looks belie a strong and fiery personality. When typhoid strikes her home city of Lincoln, she needs every ounce of that strength in order to cope. With the death of her mother, thirteen-year-old Polly has to give up her ambition of becoming a teacher to care for her family. When their father, too, falls victim to the typhoid, his only hope is to go to hospital, leaving Polly to cope alone. Thankfully she has the support of her neighbours: Bertha Halliday and her son, Leo, a young policeman. Through all the hardships that follow, Polly is sustained by her dream of becoming Leo's wife. But her father's hot temper leads him to the wrong side of the law during the railway riots of 1911, forcing Leo to take drastic action that Polly will surely never be able to forgive and forget . . .

About the Author

Born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Margaret Dickinson moved to the coast at the age of seven and so began her love for the sea and the Lincolnshire landscape.

Her ambition to be a writer began early and she had her first novel published at the age of twenty-five. This was followed by twenty-one further titles including Plough the Furrow, Sow the Seed and Reap the Harvest, which make up her Lincolnshire Fleethaven trilogy. Many of her novels are set in the heart of her home county but in Tangled Threads and Twisted Strands, the stories include not only Lincolnshire but also the framework knitting and lace industries of Nottingham.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 758 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OC07PI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgive and Forget 23 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback
Brilliant. Again Margaret Dickinson has given us a book worth reading. From the first page it was a page turner. I would rate this book as one of her best. Carry on the good work Margaret.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit boring :( 21 April 2011
Format:Paperback
I couldn't 'get into' this book, even though the cover and the summary were interesting. I'm really into history and period stories at the moment, but this one was very disappointing. Nothing really happened and it was very plain about every day life for a young girl having to look after her brothers and sisters when the mother died. I've only read about a quarter of it and to be honest I haven't wanted to pick it up and finish it. It is very boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as expected 9 April 2011
Format:Paperback
I have read all this authors books so far and enjoyed them so i was really looking forward to this one. Although not a bad read it is not up to her usual standard of story telling but it is forgivable given her list of fabulous reads. Don't let this put you off, you will enjoy this book but for me i was looking for a little more.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgive and Forget 31 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback
Thank you Margaret for yet another excellent book. It was great to visualise being in the city of Lincoln again, desriptions as usual made me feel I was actually there and especially the visit to the Cathedral, with mention of the Imp. So much tragedy for families in the time of the Typhoid epidemic, the War and the Spanish Flu and how courageous the main character Polly was to carry on through whatever life through at her. Wont tell you more, readers as dont want to spoil it for you. Definitely a page turner not to be missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forgive and forget 7 Feb. 2013
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Polly leads a quiet life until typhoid strikes her home city of Lincoln at the start of the twentieth century. Her mother dies and she has to leave school aged 13 and keep her family together. Her father works on the railways but strikes and loses his job. Her brother gets into trouble with the law and her sister gets into trouble of another sort.

Poor Polly keeps moaning to herself that she wanted to be a teacher, but got no chance. She should have upped and married the handsome young policeman who kept calling for her, but stubborn loyalty to her family keeps her single for too long. Finally she takes another offer and settles for a stable life. The Great War causes upheavals and losses to the town and Polly gets a chance to work.

I thought Polly had only ever travelled a few streets away from home and so the book felt static although the times changed. We never travel outside the city to see the new water pipe being built to bring typhoid-free water to the people; we never travel to the trenches or field hospitals. A change of scene would have helped in my opinion. I enjoyed several of this author's books and I am sure she has done a good job of research.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating read 3 Jan. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent read as always by this author. I found the book so captivating I couldn't put it down until the story was finished.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgive and forget 29 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback
If you like Margaret Dickinson you will love this book. Not only is the story very good it has a lot of factual information in it. It is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgive and forget 5 Jan. 2014
By Sue
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Thank you margaret
I really enjoyed this story it made laugh it made me cry but most of all it made me realise the strength of faith that this young girl found when she needed it most
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