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The Bad Apple [Kindle Edition]

Rosie Goodwin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Louise Hart has endured a great deal of pain from her callous husband Paul, but one cold December night in 1959 she can take no more. She and her son Davey escape their Coventry high-rise flat and flee to Tanglewood, the dilapidated ivy-clad mansion where her mother Dolly runs an animal sanctuary. Miserable and frightened, Louise longs to turn her back on the past, and create a happy new life for Davey. But Paul is in trouble with men more dangerous than himself. Unable to pay his debts, he blackmails Louise and those who love her, keeping a shadowy presence in their lives. Even the arrival of Charlie Fox, a stranger who becomes a true friend, cannot guarantee that the future will be safe...

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'The tearjerker of the season...[a] heart-rending tale' Western Mail (Western Mail)

'A story of adversity and survival' Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

' A promising and well-drawn debut' Lancashire Evening Post (Lancashire Evening Post)

'A good tearjerker...compelling' Reading Evening Post (Reading Evening Post)

Book Description

Rosie Goodwin's heartwarming and powerful first novel

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1029 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782921508
  • Publisher: Review; New Ed edition (23 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ULWU76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rosie Goodwin's first book, The Bad Apple, was published in 2004 by Headline. Since then she has gone on to write many more classic and contemporary sagas. She is also the first author in the world to be allowed to follow three of Catherine Cookson's trilogies with her own sequels. Before becoming a published author, Rosie worked in Social Services. She is now amongst the top 100 most borrowed UK authors and her books regularly appear in the Heetseekers charts. Rosie has children and lives in Warwickshire with her husband and her four Shihtzu's.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartrending thriller! 18 Aug. 2004
Rosie Goodwin is a fabulous new writer and I can see many more riviting stories to come out of this author! Rosie's writing style enables you to envision the characters so clearly they seem to be truly alive. She hooks you in and you can't get loose from her gripping words! This story has surprising twists also. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think. I'm a fairly fast reader, but it took 1/2 a box of tissues and nearly an hour for me to get through 3 pages near the end of this book because I couldn't stop sobbing! I loved this book and rather hated to see the story end. Rosie keeps you wanting for more! Well done Rosie! Let's see some more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real heart-warming read 14 April 2005
By A Customer
This is the first book by a new author and she is compared to Josephine Cox. I think she is even better.
The characters are warm and believable, and it is a real page-turner.
I am really looking forward to reading Rosie Goodwin's next novel.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read from start to finish 15 Feb. 2005
The book is about a young mother who flees from a bad marriage to her safe childhood home. It has you hooked from the word go.
Enjoy! hope there is many more to come.xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic heart warming read! 30 April 2007
This is the first book I have read by Rosie Goodwin and to say it's fantastic is an understatement! I couldn't put it down and it had me reaching for the tissues on more than one occasion. It's the most believable and touching book I have ever read - and I've read many many books!

I can't wait to read more of this brilliant author's work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-warming read 24 Jun. 2004
By A Customer
This first novel by Midlands-based author Rosie Goodwin is a heart-warming drama about a woman who escapes from her abusive husband to start a new life at Tanglewood, an animal sanctuary run by her indomitable mother. There's plenty here to involve the reader, to make her smile and to make her cry. The heroine's problems seem insurmountable at first, but she tackles everything life throws at her with grit and determination. She finally finds a new love and rebuilds her life, and this makes a perfect ending to an engrossing, emotional story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this space 21 Jun. 2004
Written in the style of Josephone Cox but far less predictable, this is a first novel for this author but I am sure there will be more. A writer with a bright future.
The story is set around a battered wife and her son who can finally take no more of her husband's violence and involvement with criminals. Desperate to escape, she ends up at the house where she grew up. Her mother runs an animal sanctuary at the house called Tanglewood. Unfortunately, her husband finds out where she is. Desperate to escape the criminals pursuing him, he blackmails anyone he can in order to acquire money to escape, but he can't quite let go of his wife and son, though he doesn't care tuppence for them. Eventually he gets his come uppance and our heroine finds happiness. An enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated 23 Jun. 2011
By Babs
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an absolute must for readers who wish to be swept up into the lives of the characters. This is Rosie Goodwin at her best. Read this book and you will instantly become a avid fan of the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly unputdownable! 18 April 2012
I usually read gory crime novels but my mother had convinced me to try some of her favourite authors. From the moment I picked this book up it was amazing. It was easy to read and I found myself disapearing into an imaginary world of great friendships and strong family ties. This book had me hooked right from the start and I would recommend this to everyone - you must read this!!!
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