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Meg Rosoff
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3 Jun 2010

With its brooding and atmospheric nineteenth century setting, Meg Rosoff's The Bride's Farewell is a romantic novel that continues to haunt and captivate the reader long after reading.

On the morning of her wedding, Pell Ridley creeps out of bed in the dark, kisses her sisters goodbye and flees - determined to escape a future that offers nothing but hard work and sorrow.

The road ahead is rich with longing, silence and secrets, and each encounter leads her closer to the untold story of her past.

And then she meets a hunter - infuriating, mysterious and cold. His fate appears to be strangely entwined with her own. Will he help her to find what she seeks? Or must she continue to wander the earth, searching for love and lost things . . .

Bestselling author Meg Rosoff has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her first novel How I Live Now (winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize). Her other novels, Just in Case (winner of the 2007 Carnegie Medal) and What I Was which was described by The Times as 'Samuel Beckett on ecstasy', are also available from Puffin. Follow Meg on Twitter @megrosoff.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 014132340X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141323404
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's not often you come across a children's book as richly detailed and layered as this...Meg Rosoff is a wonderful, captivating writer - her evocation of place and time are pitch perfect. 5 *****" --Daily Telegraph

"Lose yourself in Meg Rosoff's 'The Bride's Farewell', a wildly inventive romantic adventure set in the New Forest, full of mythical tales, featuring a hunter who turns out to be a Mr Darcy type. Now that truly is escapism." --Red Magazine Red Magazine

"Another shift in emphasis for this always revelatory author as she illuminates the lives of the rural poor in the world of Hardy's Wessex... it is not necessary to love horses, but you probably will after reading it." -- The Bookseller The Bookseller

"A poetically charged romance, full of thorny emotional dilemmas... With more than a nod to Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Meg Rosoff has created a feisty 19th-century heroine whose troubles and travails are strikingly salient in the world of modern romance." --Marie Claire Marie Clare

"An engaging, impeccably-written novel, it tells a feminist story of a feisty independence, set against a rural, patriarchal background."
--Independent on Sunday Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Meg Rosoff became a publishing sensation with her first novel, How I Live Now, which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the Carnegie Medal in 2007. What I Was was described by The Times as 'Samuel Beckett on Ecstasy'. Meg lives in London with her husband and daughter.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 18 Jan 2010
On the morning of her wedding, Pell leaves her bed before any of her family wakes. She gathers her belongings, lays out her wedding dress and leaves. Taking her horse, Jack and her mute brother Bean, who refuses to be left behind, she abandons the life of misery and servitude that she saw her mother lead after marriage. A few years of hardship and motherhood before an inevitable early death is not her idea of a golden future, so she has decided break free. The trio head for the town of Salisbury and the huge horse fair where Pell hopes to find work. Things don't turn out quite like she planned and before long she's not only penniless but has also lost her brother and horse. What follows is a long and exhausting journey to somehow retrieve them. On her travels she comes across a taciturn poacher called Dogman and before long is living in his cowshed. Romance blooms when he finds her injured after being beaten. But with Bean still lost and more tragedies heading her way, there is little chance of rest for Pell who has a harsh lesson to learn; sometimes your decisions can have unforeseen and terrible consequences.

As usual, Meg Rosoff has crafted a beautifully written story. At times it is so realistic you almost feel like you're standing at Pell's shoulder. You can also expect plenty of twists and turns to the plot with a rather mysterious gypsy woman holding the key to the final conclusion. In fact, the plot is so intertwined that most events are sparked by the same few characters who are all frailly linked together.

There is a beautiful and yet serene love story to The Bride's Farewell. If you're expecting passionate embraces and agonised feelings then you will be disappointed as with all the tragedies that occur in her life, Pell takes everything on the chin.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I have just finished an amazing book.

It is part fairy tale, part love story. It is a cross between Charles Dickens and Lemony Snicket. It is part Brothers Grimm and part historical melodrama.

In other words, it is unclassifiable.

I am speaking of The Bride's Farewell, the new novel by the New York Bestselling, Carnigie Award Winning author Meg Rosoff. This is her fourth novel for young adults, but even there I would say that genre does not suit her.

Meg's novels are for young adults in that they feature a younger cast of characters. But the themes her books deal with are much more adult; incredibly darker and moodier than most juvenile fiction published today.

Her first novel, How I Live Now, featured a young girl and her cousin that have survived a bombing in a future not unlike ours; and fell in love. Her second novel, Just In Case, concerns a boy who, to escape Fate, reinvents himself; he even imagines an invisible dog for himself that other people can see. Her third novel, What I Was, can be described as a boarding house love story between two boys.

Quite obviously, Meg Rosoff never writes the same book twice.

I was eagerly awaiting to see what Meg Rosoff would give us with The Bride's Farewell. I wondered what the setting would be. In Rosoff's novels, the characters and the place around them play equally important roles.

She is a beautiful storyteller. For me, she seems to have written each of her books carefully, choosing each word so that it feels right. Though her books may be short in length (each of her four novels are around the 200 something page count), the emotion and the power in her novels makes the books feel stronger, somehow; more vibrant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars romance and ponies - and some great writing 6 Nov 2009
Ever since How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff has been a unique voice describing the strength and pain of being young, but every novel is very different. The Bride's Farewell is her fourth, set in the 19th century and told in the third person. Her heroine, Pell, is a preacher's daughter who creeps out of bed on the morning of her wedding day, determined to reject a life of misery as the wife of dull-witted Birdie. Her two-roomed home in Nomansland is full of children and the future offered her by Birdie is easy to reject ("she had only to look at her mother - worn and shapeless with a leaking bladder, great knotted blue veins, and breasts flat as old wineskins") but she is immediately encumbered during her flight by her mute younger brother Bean. Will she abandon him, or become his saviour?

A read as exhilarating as a ride across the moors, Rosoff's novel is rich in the emotional landscape of the untamed female heart. Pell encounters kindness and crooks, gypsies and horse-thieves and a handsome, taciturn hunter called Dogman. A born horse whisperer, she finds she can earn a living of sorts - but then Bean is taken from her, and to save him from certain death in the workhouse and to find her stolen pony, she and her lurcher have to travel many weary miles, discovering certain secrets about her own family's history.
The Bride's Farewell has elements of Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and a good number of Flambard books, yet Rosoff's vivid, pared-down style brings it closer to a kind of Western.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this author
I love this author and her books are amazing, I wanted this book for my collection, so I purchased from the seller, it was in excellent condition, had barely been read at all, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rueyclem
5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all my usual Book. What a joyous surprise!
I usually read thrillers or police procedurals and political biographies and the like. I need something to think about as well as entertain and, surprisingly, in this book found... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Meg Rosoff has a great imagination in her writing. I always know I shall be entertained by her stories. This one is no exception. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Beryl Woodhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosoff keeps up the good work
I was introduced to Meg Rosoff by my (grown up) son who assured me that this author's books were ones I would fall in love with. He was not wrong. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mary Chipping
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it
meg rosoff is an amazing writer. I probably don't appreciate all her books as much as i should but she always amazes me how she makes up these characters and seems to understand... Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars People, horses and dogs brilliantly portrayed in a great story
I loved this book, and I can't help feeling that some of the people who've given it bad reviews are missing the point. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2012 by Victoria Eveleigh
2.0 out of 5 stars The Bride's Farewell
After discovering the prestigious Carnegie Award, I resolved to read the books nominated and then discuss them with my friends at school. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Mr. S. Merrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosoff on Fine Form
I love Rosoff's writing. This period novel is somewhat of a departure from her previous output, but no worse for that. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
2.0 out of 5 stars a bit boring ...
i read this book because it was on the carnegie shortlist, thought i dont think it deserves this as to start off with i didnt rwally understand this book with all the weird names... Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by Bookworm101
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tale set in the 1800
Pell leaves home on the morning of her wedding determined not to be trapped in a life of poverty and childbearing like her mother. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2011 by lyra
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