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The Parson's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Cookson
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The Victorian Sabbath was not without problems for some of those committed to its strict observance. Nancy Ann Hazel, the young and high-spirited daughter of a country parson, suffered from her father’s lengthy Sunday sermons. The autumn sunshine beckoned her into the fields and along the bank of the river that wound its way through this pleasant corner of County Durham. This area was dominated by the neighbouring estates of two very different landowners: Graham Mercer, the reclusive lord of the manor, and Dennison Harpcore of Rossburn House, where life was lived on the grand scale and reputed to be more than a little dissolute.

Two older brothers had taught Nancy Ann how to look after herself well enough, and she could hold her own with the roughest of the village children. But soon she had to muster her courage and fortitude to the full when the far greater challenges of a controversial marriage thrust her into womanhood and into a whole new world of conflict and tragedy which had to be faced and overcome.


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The Victorian Sabbath was not without its difficulties for some of those committed to its observance. Such a one was Nancy Ann Hazel, the young and high-spirited daughter of a country parson. He was a good man and she loved him dearly, but his Sunday sermons could seem long indeed when beyond the church door the sunshine beckoned her into the fields of this pleasant corner of County Durham.

Two older brothers had taught Nancy Ann how to look after herself, so that she could, when necessary, hold her own with the roughest of the village children, even though such escapades might not be considered altogether fitting in a daughter of the vicarage; but they foreshadowed the courage and fortitude she would soon enough have to muster when the greater challenges of a controversial marriage thrust her into womanhood, and when conflict and tragedy alike had to be faced and overcome.

The Parson's Daughter is a major novel spanning the last quarter of the nineteenth century and introduces one of Catherine Cookson's most memorable heroines. Its strong and vibrant narrative will captivate this great storyteller's readers throughout the world.

About the Author

Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 - her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many best-selling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1997. For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1745 KB
  • Print Length: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (10 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TO6BBU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit samey! 2 Nov. 2012
By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Maybe I have just read too many Catherine Cookson books recently but I have begun to feel that some of them follow the same old formula. Poor girl marries into rich family and then things start to go wrong.

Nancy Ann is the daughter of the local Parson and is a bit of a tomboy having two older brothers who taught her how to fight and rough and tumble with them. She finds the former skill helpful when she is set upon by some rough boys from the village and nearly raped.

As she grows she meets Dennison Harpcore who for all his dissolute ways, resolves that she will be his. Nancy Ann's dying Mother more or less pushes the girl into marriage with Dennison but by this time Nancy Ann has already fallen in love with him much to the disgust of her Father who can see right through him.

Nancy Ann goes to live at the Manor House and disovers all sorts of skeletons in cupboards and even finds that one isn't a skeleton, but a living breathing young boy.
This is where the story starts to get reasonably interesting.

I can't really recommend this because there are better Catherine Cookson books than this. It wasn't a bad buy though for £1.99. (Kindle Version).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story 26 May 2011
By K Allen
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This novel is as good as the rest of Catherine Cookson's novels. I started reading this novel and could not put it down. It is a really nice story of a young girl brought up in a parsonage and who is taught by her brothers to "fight and look after herself" captivates the heart of the "master" from the "big house" and he falls in love with her. The girls mother is dying and wants to see her daughter settled in marriage before she dies. Her mother more or less forces her to marry the "master" the girl does it for her mother, but falls in love with him. The story has a bit of a twist at the end but is not really surprising!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic story 8 Oct. 2013
By Donz
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I really loved this book, it is my all time favourite Cathrine Cookson read. There is a great story line and all of the character are belivable . I really wish they would produce this story into a film as it would look fantastic on the big screen.
I would really recommend this book if you like a love story with a difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 8 Sept. 2014
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A firm favourite, this author never disappoints. I always love the way the characters are so real and jump off the page. The Parson's Daughter is no exception, and we see Nancy Ann grow from child to girl to woman and live with her through the journey she takes with love, guilt, remorse and many other human emotions.

I also like that, although we are reading Nancy Ann's journey, we also see through eyes of other characters, so to give balance and more depth to the story.

I never give spoilers so it's always difficult to say much, especially when it's such a good story, this time taking place in England in the late 19th century. This author has an abundance of knowledge of the status and wide gap between the rich and poor and the many supposedly civilised notions of what is right and wrong in that era. The arrogance of the rich is astounding, and very real, whereas the poor struggle the same as they do today, as people never change regardless of laws - despite the massive improvements that have been made over the years...attitudes, it could be said, never change.

Overall a fantastic read that pulls the reader from beginning to end.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Parsons daughter 8 Nov. 2013
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Very readable and perfect escapism .had to keep picking it up to see what happened next but a little predictable at times
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down 14 Sept. 2013
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It was a Brilliant story I didn't want it to finish. I hope there is a follow up! Would definately recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine can do no wrong for me 13 Oct. 2013
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Catherine Cookson at her best. She can do no wrong for me. She really draws you into her books. Wonderful
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing book 22 Sept. 2013
By Sandy
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I really enjoyed this book, had difficulty putting it down, just had to see what was going to happen next.
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