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The Mountains Between

The Mountains Between [Kindle Edition]

Julie McGowan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Full of warmth and wisdom. Poignant, funny and realistic. I was really impressed. -- Katie Fforde TERRIFIC read! Very cinematographic. Thoroughly enjoyable! -- Barbara Daniels Beyond enchanting. Highly recommended. -- Martin Bailie

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"A searing and powerful novel from one of Wales’s best-selling authors.

Mother’s hand swung round and slapped Jennie across the ankles. “Don’t be so disgusting!” she hissed. “You were never wanted, you know!"" ... Never wanted ... never wanted ... never wanted ...

Despite a comfortable living, surrounded by lush farmlands, Jennie’s life under the critical eye of her tyrannical mother is hard. Desperate for affection, she stumbles upon dark secrets and into the uncertain murmurings of love.

On the other side of the scarred mountain, and in the wake of a disaster that tears through his family and their tight-knit mining community, Harry finds the burden of manhood thrust upon his young shoulders. Through the turmoil of the Depression years, life for both Harry and Jennie takes many unexpected turns, with love won and lost. But the onset of World War II brings changes that neither could have imagined."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Sunpenny Publishing Ltd; 1 edition (10 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OGLT9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julie McGowan returned to her Welsh homeland nearly 20 years ago, which invigorated her sufficiently for her writing career to take off. Successful short stories for national magazines were followed by features, articles and rants (Woman's Weekly, Times Ed Supplement, The Lady), pantomimes, children's plays, and competition wins. Eventually her first novel, 'The Mountains Between' emerged, which was inspired by her rich Welsh heritage and quickly became a regional bestseller. This was followed by 'Just One More Summer', set in London and Cornwall, and a third novel, 'Don't Pass Me By'has just been published. A fourth novel is in the process of being written.
When not writing, Julie has been a nurse, a Health Visitor, a school matron, a Town Clerk, a piano teacher and a childminder. Currently she runs 'Is It? Theatre Company' with her daughter Cath, a company which takes drama productions with a health or social message to schools in S. Wales.
Like all actors she is comfortable in front of an audience, so is happy to run workshops, give talks, etc. Contact her on: or visit her website:

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOOK TO GET LOST IN 16 Jan 2009
From the first page of this book, I knew it was one I could happily lose myself in - and my expectations were more than fulfilled. The story of two families on opposite sides of the mountains and social divides of the early 20th century is beautifully written, with characters who are entirely believable and draw you into their individual dramas. Based on the author, Julie McGowan's own family, the story rings with real authenticity and yet has the plot and structure of the best fictional construct. "The Mountains Between" is one of those books you mourn the loss of when you get to the end -- a real MUST READ recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must read! 25 May 2008
Having read Julie McGowan's second novel, 'Just One More Summer', I felt sure that her first book, 'The Mountains Between', would be equally enthralling. I was right! What a wonderful, beautifully crafted masterpiece - an absolute must read. The personalities came alive and stepped out from the pages. I could hear the voices of the villagers, smell the valley air, see the Welsh mountainside - I was there in every scene. I didn't want it to end as there was so much more I wanted to discover - an absolute page-turner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thats why I love my kindle 9 July 2012
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My kindle has opened my eyes to a much bigger selection of books and I am pleased to have found Julie McGowan. I hope she won't mind me comparing her to Catherine Cookson ( with a Welsh accent) The style was professional, pleasing and the story well paced. I will certainly add Julie to my favourites list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, beautifully written 29 May 2012
By JulesG
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I really enjoyed this book. I was lucky enough to get it for free, but it is worth paying for.

The story is well crafted and really gives a flavour of the Welsh valleys and it's people.

I liked the way the author presented the story starting with two individuals and their lives and then interwove them as the book progressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Good Read 11 May 2012
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I wasn't sure about downloading this book as the author was not one I'd heard of before,however I'm very glad I did.
A lovely story set in the Welsh valleys,two very different families,lots of drama and a time period covering the first half of the 20th Century.What more could you want? One of my favourite downloads this year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read this year 31 May 2008
FANTASTIC book. Julie McGowan really is an excellent writer. Her style of writing draws you in from the very beginning and brings the characters to life, making this book a real page turner. Even if you've never been to Wales, the flowing descriptions and clever colloquialisms make you feel as if you're right there. Read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of insights and highly readable 9 Mar 2012
By Doc Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER
I first read this novel some years ago and it has haunted my mind ever since. It is readable, atmospheric and has a true sense of history. The author's narrative style races along whilst creating a range of characters and a perception of a real social divide between two towns in Wales. Although the period and places are authentically portrayed, the values and problems are relevant to any time or locality. I feel it would make an excellent film as the presentation is cinematographic and the characters gain our sympathy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mountains Between 4 Jun 2014
By sanbay
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This is a very well written book, couldn't wait to read more. very accurate and well researched even though it is fiction. it's a must if you have connections with Abergavenny , Blaenavon and surrounding districts. A must for those who are interested in Welsh Social Histoty or just want a great read. would highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Drama
Excellent family drama, based on real-life experiences, which just adds to the sense of authenticity . Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Kingman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I'm so glad she did. Julie Mcgowan's style of writing is beautiful; the characters and her vivid descriptions just leap out of the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JPS
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable...
The Mountains Between spans the years between 1929 and 1946, and charts the story of two very different Welsh families who live either side of the Blorenge Mountain in South Wales. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jaffareadstoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Holiday read
A book for holiday time doesn't need a great deal of concentration to follow the story which is ok but had at least another couple of chapters in it.....or a follow on book
Published 13 months ago by christine
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read.
Loved this book from start to finish will certainly
read julies other novels, the only thing that bothered
me a little about the book was I had to refer to
the... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2012 by jean
4.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a family story
The Mountains Between is a story of two families separated by the beautiful Welsh mountains. We meet Jenny as a young girl, with a mother who resents her. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2012 by Michelle J. Heatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Absolutely loved it. Interesting location, 2 families separated only by a mountain but totally different in cultute, upbringing and community. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2012 by Joy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I came across this book searching for a similar title and decided to buy this based on the other excellent reviews - and I'm so glad I did. Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by Twinkletoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I purchased this to download on to my kindle when it was on offer. I don't usually pay more than £2 as I like to find new authors, but I would definitely have paid full price for... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars My first i-Phone book
After downloading a kindle app on my new i-Phone this was the first book I bought and read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published on 18 May 2012 by G. Morgan
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