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Hartsend [Kindle Edition]

Janice Brown
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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At the turn of the year, in a village in Central Scotland, several people come together at the funeral of Mrs Crosthwaite, a dominating woman famed for her fruit scones. Her middle-aged daughter Lesley now has a chance to break out – if it’s not too late.  Lesley’s virtuous neighbour Ruby Robertson, the Scourge of E-numbers, conjures up conspiracy where none exists. Her faithful friend Duncan at the age of fifty is suddenly susceptible to romance, but has an awful lot to learn about women. And the younger generation has its own love tangles to sort out. Meanwhile, out of everyone’s sight, something terrible is about happen.

About the Author

Janice Brown lives with her long-term husband in Central Scotland. She has written several books of teenage fiction. When not writing, her chief delights are travelling, knitting Alpaca scarves, attempting to learn Mandarin and adoring her five grandchildren.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905207875
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press (20 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008X5MDF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Deep Reader VINE VOICE
I found Hartsend to be an intriguing, involving novel of small town life; complex, but so expertly constructed, and with characters so perfectly drawn, as to make it appear simple - or at least `easy to read'. It is not without its dark side but the closing sensation, for me, was one of warmth. I felt my life had been enhanced as I closed the book, and I have no doubt that Hartsend marks the beginning of a new and successful phase of Janice Brown's career, after her five novels for children and young adults. Tell Me Where You Are (Fiction) Me and Mr Booker Ninepins
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 17 Sep 2012
By Kat
I can highly recommend this book. From start to finish it grabs you and keeps you interested with the complex characters and how their lives all connect. I couldn't put it down! Intense, interesting, thoughtful, sad and funny. What I want from a novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hartsend 19 Dec 2012
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a relly good read i relly enjoyed this book it had every thing in it that makes you not want to put it down
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3.0 out of 5 stars a village story 16 Nov 2013
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I enjoyed this book about small village and its characters although in parts it was a little bit on the slow side. It filled in the time nicely on aholiday flight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hartsend 5 Aug 2013
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Janice Brown has the ability to observe and pass on to her readers an in depth picture of village life, with all its intrigues, foibles and strengths. She does it with such insight and empathy that we immediately relate to her characters, all of whom are perfectly drawn. We meet and get to know each one. The plot is unhurried, with the darker side introduced at the beginning, remaining ever present, lurking in the background until the end. 'Hartsend' is a thoroughly good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Characters matter 24 July 2013
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A very different kind of read from what I am used to but I am all the better for it. Hartsend is a book where the descriptions of the characters draw you gently into their lives like a warm caress. The characters are the story where their interlinking lives capture the imagination and the detail in the writing is a pleasure. The great dialogue causes you to reread certain passages to relive the moment. Throughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story 23 July 2013
This is an intriguing novel set in a small Scottish town. A wide range of characters are clearly and subtly described, ranging from the local minister to the rough edged Art School student attempting to climb out of his broken working class family. There are wonderful "caricatures" of local worthies as they go about their daily lives, with their varying interests and attitudes. The book starts with an evocative description of a potentially mysterious occurrence, and the reader is left wondering when and how this will re-enter the story as different groups are introduced and their stories intertwine. The author has a wonderful grasp of the different tones and vocabularies across the social spectrum of small town life, and this clearly delineates the characters.
Her description of the town and of its environs draws you in to the place and also builds a picture of a potential darkness at its heart.
The descriptive language used is in many places quite poetic and there is a real comic style in the description of some characters and a realistic dialogue voice in the writing.

This book deserves reading - perhaps not holiday reading, when the mind wants something simple and vacuous to while away the hours. An impressive and subtle 'debut' novel from an author with an already developed skill in writing.Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars lovely characters 7 Jun 2013
By SHaslam
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If you like a book with interesting and deep characters then this is one for you. The story meanders through different lives and really highlight village life. So much goes on behind closed doors that this book gives you a little taste of. Very enjoyable and highly recommend for holiday read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the plot!
So far am almost half-way through and still no real idea what the book is about. When reading, it is interesting enough, but doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Leo
3.0 out of 5 stars The jury's out!!
I read this book in rather a disjointed fashion while I was on holiday and had to keep going back over things to check who was who! Read more
Published 18 months ago by awel
2.0 out of 5 stars Hartsend
A confusing and disjointed book. The plot and characters were confusing probably because there were so many. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann
Excellent book - I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to your readers - an really easy read for bedtime
Published 19 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Hartsend
Enjoyed this book and felt drawn into the characters and their experiences. Village life and how people deal with their emotions and their experiences. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Grace
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Hartsend
It is quite a pleasant, easy, holiday read - not a "can't put it down" book. Wished the author had included real place names so I could picture where it was set.
Published 20 months ago by Janet Johns
2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED
I found the story line(s) disjointed and confusing, not even sure if any of the plots came to any conclusion.Overall disappointed with what I felt was a dis-satisifying read.
Published 20 months ago by Mr. A. J. Wheaton
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful!
Would not recommend this book even if you're desperate . It took ages for things to emerge emerald there was little plot.
Published 20 months ago by annie
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