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A HANDFUL OF STARS An enthralling story of poverty, passion and survival (The Tyneside Sagas Book 1)
 
 

A HANDFUL OF STARS An enthralling story of poverty, passion and survival (The Tyneside Sagas Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Janet MacLeod Trotter
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It’s 1931 and the Depression has brought Tyneside to its knees. Young, pretty Clara Magee is devastated when her father commits suicide leaving secrets behind him and the family is forced to sell their fancy-goods shop to a German couple. Despite her mother Patience’s disapproval, Clara befriends their daughter Rennie and hot-headed son Benny, but her heart lies with their dashing elder brother Frank. Patience thinks businessman Vinnie Craven, who runs the local boxing hall, a far better catch for Clara. When Frank leaves abruptly for Germany, Vinnie single-mindedly pursues the vivacious Clara, determined to make her his wife. Tempted by the glamorous life-style Vinnie is offering and security for her family, Clara buries her feelings for Frank. But she hadn’t bargained for Vinnie’s ruthless nature or growing fascination for Mosley’s Fascist Party. Yet the greatest shock is still to come …Set against the momentous backdrop of rising fascism in the 1930s, A Handful of Stars is an enthralling story of poverty, passion and survival with a captivating young heroine.

About the Author

Janet MacLeod Trotter was born in Newcastle and grew up in Durham. She has been editor of the Clan MacLeod magazine, a columnist on the Newcastle Journal and has had numerous short stories published in women's magazines, as well as a novel for teenagers. Her first novel, The Hungry Hills, gained her a place on the shortlist of The Sunday Times' Young Writers' Award. She lives in Northumberland with her husband and their two children. Find out more about Janet and her other popular novels at: www.janetmacleodtrotter.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: MacLeod Trotter Books (22 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PGBGHO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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British author Janet MacLeod Trotter has had 17 novels published, 13 of them historical family sagas. Her first, THE HUNGRY HILLS, was nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, while THE TEA PLANTER'S DAUGHTER (set in Britain and India) was long-listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year in 2008 and was an Amazon top ten best seller. Janet has also written two romantic suspense mysteries - THE VANISHING OF RUTH was inspired by an overland trip to India she did as an 18 year old! THE HAUNTING OF KULAH is set in the remote, Outer Isles of Scotland. She has written for teenagers and numerous short stories for women's magazines, some of which are published in ebook ICE CREAM SUMMER. She has been a columnist and reviewer for The Newcastle Journal and editor of The Clan MacLeod Magazine. Her childhood memoirs of Durham and Skye in the 1960's, BEATLES & CHIEFS, was featured on BBC Radio 4's Home Truths.

Janet's latest novel, THE PLANTER'S BRIDE, is set in 1920s Scotland, North East England and India.

Find out more about Janet and her novels at www.janetmacleodtrotter.com



Customer Reviews

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 Feb 2012
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Brilliant book, could not put it down, reading all my books on Kindle now so cheapest way to buy and quickest way to get them
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lively tale, well told 1 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
A good story, very competently written, with great energy and pace. We follow the life of Clara from a 14 year old helping in her parents' shop to earn pocket money to go to the cinema, to rookie journalist, then wife and mother, all set against the menacing approach of World War II. Married to a husband who turns out to be chauvinist in both the modern and original sense of the word, Clara faces great sadness in her life on all sides, yet keeps battling on with characteristic energy. The treatment of the German family living in Byfell, and the plight of the little Spanish refugee, also add great depth to this book. The twist in the tale near the end is very good.

The one thing that jarred a little throughout was the matter of dialect, or rather, the lack of it. Obviously opinions differ on this subject. Personally, I like to be able to "hear" the characters speak in my head, but in this book everyone, for the most part, appears to express their thoughts in standard English except for certain words, e.g. "gan" for go and "bairn" for child. These words then take on a somewhat self-conscious appearance in the rest of the sentence and start to grate a little. I was brought up on AJ Cronin, whose books include a splendid story set in a northern mining community, and Cronin's dialogue reflects how people speak in that area but is completely natural and unobtrusive. James Herriot had the same facility to "do" the Yorkshire accent so that you could "hear" characters speak but be pleasant to read as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read ****** 13 Mar 2012
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Just finished reading this book, best book so far.
Just couldn't put the book down, good storyline, get your tissues ready.

Along the way the main character was faced with complete shock & horror surrounding her Father (don't want to give too much away), usual hardships for that time period. Ups & down of marriage, rich & poor, a male chauvinist who dominated a good measure of the story. Not forgetting a good measure of love & determination.

Only downside would be the politics, did drag out a bit

Would definitely recommend *******
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story 11 May 2013
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I love historic fiction and this fits the bill to a tee. Love Janet MacLeod Trootters books, so am working through them
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4.0 out of 5 stars needed to sit quite 14 July 2014
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It was a story that was good but a bit long winded. I enjoyed reading it and loved the people in it. They had so many personalities
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2.0 out of 5 stars SLOW 16 Oct 2013
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This book is very slow, heavy going. Did not capture my imagination therfore I was not encoraged to read on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A handful of stars 9 Sep 2013
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A wonderful story which grips you and its hard to put down part of life's history that I personally never have read before it has all what you want in a book excellently put together
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5.0 out of 5 stars good author 5 Sep 2013
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all very good couldnt put them down janet macleod trotter is a very good author iwould reccomend her books to anyone
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A handful of stars
A really good read I couldn't put the book down.i would recommend this to anyone it definatlly keeps you interested.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. S. Alcock
5.0 out of 5 stars a handfull of stars
a story of sadness,romance,fear and tradgedy all mixed up as if it were true life, janet must have done her research for this story of anti-semmitism in british society before and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by iangray
4.0 out of 5 stars good read.
This was an eye opener on the hardship ,beliefs and politics of working people of in the 1940s couldn't put it down
Published 13 months ago by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Handful of Stars by Janet MacLeod Trotter
Janet MacLeod Trotter's stories are always well researched and accurate. She gives the impression that you are actually there with her characters, experiencing all their trials and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Muriel Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Another entertaining 'holiday book' it certainly doesn't hurt the brain but is a pleasant way of passing a few hours!
Published 14 months ago by nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars A handful of stars
Another excellent novel from Janet MacLeod! It is most intriguing in that you never know what will happen next. Well worth reading.
Published 15 months ago by ladybyers
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I never got into the story it did not appeal to me but the majority of the books I download are very good.
Published 15 months ago by Pat Fountain
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
gripping story - recommend you read anything by this author
such passion and reality - you fell like part of the family
Published 15 months ago by Mary Claughton
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