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The Pitman's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Marjorie DeLuca
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Rita Hawkins fought all her life to escape from Crag Street, the grimy street of colliery houses where gossip reigned, tuberculosis killed, and mining families slaved to make ends meet. There she met George, the last surviving son of a poor mining family forced against his wishes to start work as a miner. Her life becomes inextricably tied up with his but love eludes them, though events in their lives constantly throw them together. George the high-minded idealist gets caught up with the miner’s union, while cold, hard cash drives Rita, the pragmatist, towards independence and success in business. Their relationship is complicated by the tragic Maggie, abused mother of seven children and Ella, the childless street gossip with her nose in everyone’s business.
Years later, when Crag Street is torn down and rebuilt in a museum, Rita receives an invitation from George to attend the Grand Opening. The visit forces her to face painful memories about George, Maggie and Ella and to revisit the tragic incidents of the last days she spent on Crag Street.
A vivid tale of love and loss, joy and tragedy, The Pitman’s Daughter spans five decades and portrays the colorful tapestry of life in a Durham colliery village. Filled with unforgettable characters it is also a story of ambition and identity that shows no matter how hard we try, we can’t escape our past since it shapes us into the person we become.

About the Author

Marjorie DeLuca spent her childhood in the ancient cathedral city of Durham in North-Eastern England. She attended the University of London, became a teacher, and then immigrated to Canada where she lives with her husband, two children and a crazy dog named Bella. There she also studied writing under her mentor, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Carol Shields. Though she loves writing sci-fi for teens, she’s also just completed two historical novels due out in the next few months

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1622 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ETYRX3A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marjorie DeLuca's wild imagination was cultivated in the ancient cathedral city of Durham where she lived in a quirky little country lane named Creamery Cottages until the age of 12. She attended the University of London, became a teacher, and then emigrated to Canada where she lives with her husband, two children and a dog named Bella. There she also studied writing under her mentor, Pulitzer prizewinning author, Carol Shields. She loves to write science fiction as well as historical novels.
Check out her blog at:
http://marjoriedeluca.blogspot.ca

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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 17 Sept. 2013
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A must read, especially if you you live in the northeast of England. A book that would suit people of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, brilliant, beautiful! 22 Mar. 2014
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What a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is one of those books that takes the reader into the intimate world of people and history that nobody, except the inhabitants, would have known otherwise. Detailed, descriptive, and fascinating, but also informative and well presented.

This book can be viewed as a blend of romance and historical fiction with a touch of excellence in detail that winds through the narrative from the beginning to end. The characters are authentic. It took a while to get into the story, but when it happened, reality lost out to this nostalgic tale about the inhabitants of Crag street in this small mining village in England.

The tale is rich, heartwarming, endearing, passionate, compassionate, sad, hopeful, beautiful. A brilliant piece of writing by a highly skilled author.

I just loved the experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great ReaD 7 Jan. 2014
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I loved the natural style that Marjoie injected into this story. I haven't finished the book yet but had to comment. I loved her descriptions - not too elaborated -just enough to admire and take you there on the travel. The first trip down the mine by George is one I particularly remember. So much social history and so much true to life. Durham is my spiritual home which makes it more real to me however I don't think that would deter other readers from the pleasure. I hope there is a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pitman's daughter 31 Dec. 2013
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I have already sent a review of this book. I liked it greatly and will look for other books by the same author
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as I thought it would be 22 Dec. 2013
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It is taking me a long time to read this book as I keep loosing the plot, have picked it up again this week and it is getting better, so will carry on to finish it, I may change my mind if the plot improves
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