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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780878478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780878478
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Gill was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and as a child lived in Tow Law, a small mining town on the Durham fells where her family owned a steelworks. She has been a published author for more than thirty years and has written more than forty books.She lives in Durham City and loves the theatre and cinema, good food and wine and the Durham dales where she goes to write in the summer. She likes the awful weather in the north east and writes best when rain is lashing the windows.

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'Original and evocative - a born storyteller' Trisha Ashley.

'Elizabeth Gill writes with a masterful grasp of conflicts and passions hidden among men and women of the wild North Country' Leah Fleming.

'An enthralling and satisfying novel that will leave you wanting more' Catherine King.

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1906. Emma Appleby's arrival in the County Durham village of Tow Law is sudden and mysterious. The locals are deeply suspicious, and the fact she has a child with her, seemingly out of marriage, means they want nothing to do with her - except for publican Mick Castle. His marriage to Isabel is deeply troubled and his daughter Connie is running wild, and Emma offers him a lifeline. As Emma opens her Academy, to help children such as Connie, she is met with a savage response from the community. But she will not be deterred - even when her past catches up with her, and Mick is forced to choose between family and love.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Helga on 13 Oct. 2013
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I love this real feel good story, when everything starts coming together for this lady who fought so many hardships.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2013
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Emma Appleby arrives in a small village in County Durham, having made her way across from America. She brings with the a small boy who is not her son and she seems to be looking for something from the past.

The locals are suspicious, they have long memories and feel that they cannot be associated with her. Only one person seems to connect with Emma and that is Mick Castle. But Mick Castle has problems of his own, not only is he trying to run many pubs in the area, where trouble and fighting is commonplace on most nights, he has a wife who never leaves their house and a daughter running wild.

Emma suddenly seems to be the answer to some of his problems. She tackles the domesticity which is missing from one his pubs, The Black Diamond, and wants to help the likes of Connie and channel the energy she has into something else. The opportunity presents itself when a visit with George to the local school, Emma sees how the teaching method leaves a lot to be desired. If she could teach them in her own way in her own academy then maybe she will find her place in life. What she is searching for seems to have alluded her so far, and perhaps the small village so far from America is the perfect place to start.

The characters that Elizabeth Gill has created are intriguing and rather infuriating. Emma's brother Laurence back in America, was instantly dislikeable and the way he deals with his sister as a commodity is shocking perhaps today, but not in 1906. Mick Castle's wife Isabel, has a problem and whilst it is not perhaps apparent, as the book goes on, the author deals with a rather modern issue in a historic setting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D Payne on 10 Nov. 2013
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The story centres around Emma who grows up in America. Various events see her travel to the north of England where her family originated from. Emma, needing a job,starts running her own school and despite opposition and prejudice news soon spreads of her academy. The story includes various characters that Emma encounters . Emma emerges as a strong willed woman throughout the book and clearly has a positive influence on all those that come into contact with her. An enjoyable read although it is rather predictable.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Lally on 12 April 2013
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It all starts badly for Anglo-American spinster Emma Appleby when her supposedly perfect father dies and leaves everything to her smug, obnoxious brother. When Emma receives an offer of marriage from an older and totally unsuitable man, she realises it's time to make a stand.

She takes her adopted son George (as Emma is a single woman with a child at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries, there are plenty of opportunities for gossip and scandal there), and returns to the North East of England, where businessman Mick Castle is also having a bad time with his alcoholic wife and wayward daughter Connie, who looks nothing like Mick - so we wonder why.

The North East wasn't a prosperous or particularly inviting place at that time. As the local whore tells Emma, there's no living for the likes of us (single/widowed women) except up against a wall. But Emma's not about to start selling her body - with the help of Mick Castle, she opens a school, instead.

There's an attraction between Mick and Emma from the start, but of course he's married and there are going to be plenty of dramas, traumas and a big slice of heartache before they can find happiness.

This novel features a wonderful cast of characters. Mick and Emma are very real, and so are the child George and Nell the fallen woman, whose husband was killed down the pit and thinks all men are bastards really.

Elizabeth Gill is a native of the place about which she writes and she took me there. I could feel the bitter wind off the fells on my own face. When I finished reading, I was quite surprised to find myself back in the 21st century. This is an all-round great read - unreservedly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bidas on 11 Oct. 2013
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This was an excellent book which really absorbed me. I felt that I could not put it down. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By annettemomo on 13 Oct. 2013
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A lovely gentle read with a few wee twists.I love books from this era.
Good strong female heroine.Good descriptive scenes.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Struth on 6 Sept. 2013
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a new author for me and one I really enjoyed reading. i must read more of her books. Will recommend to my friends.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By linda lou on 30 Sept. 2013
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Enjoyed this book a lot it's full of life would recommend it to any one who enjoys novels with a family theme
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