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  • Hardcover: 571 pages
  • Publisher: Magna Large Print Books; Large Print edition edition (15 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750524758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750524759
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 896,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful and uplifting novel from this popular bestselling author --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Poppy Mazzini, born in Hull over her father’s grocery shop, lives up to the promise of her fiery red hair and Italian ancestry. Her lovely singing voice and good looks lead her to her great ambition - to go on the stage and see her name top the bill. She becomes a music hall star both in her native town and in the south, after an appearance in the theatre at Brighton. Poppy is invited to sing in Paris, to tremendous acclaim.But from a very young age she has been in love with a young man, an ambitious shoemaker in her home town, and when he becomes engaged to someone else Poppy is devastated. She disappears, but her best friend - a composer and pianist who has helped her in her singing career - sends messages and words of love through his music which gradually help her to overcome her misery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By s VINE VOICE on 11 Sep 2008
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This is the second book i've read by Valerie Wood and i'm so impressed with this Author,i've just ordered another three of her books.I can't praise this book highly enough.It's a beautifully touching story that brings the characters to life.You are drawn into the story and feel you are back in time with everything brought vividly to life.Valerie is the winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize and her work is very much in that style.Recommended to all.
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By mrs i.m.lawton on 27 Jun 2014
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This is yet again a great book by this author, wonderful characters, great details of how things were way back then. I could not put it down, wanted to keep reading, would have read it in a day if i had the time. Gives a real insight into how Hull was and you feel as if your walking down the road beside the characters, I'd recommend this book to anyone x
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By lavinia on 5 Jun 2014
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As always a very good read.a book that's very difficult to put down.some very interesting information on the history about Hull
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It had been suggested to me more than once that I should read some of Valerie Wood’s novels. They are mostly set in the region where I currently live, East Yorkshire and The Humber. They are also historical in nature, usually focusing on Victorian, working class families.

My mother-in-law lent me a handful of them, and first I embarked upon “The Innkeeper’s Daughter”. Less than two chapters in, however, I put it aside. Colloquial dialogue often grates on me (I recall first coming to despise it as I read “Huckleberry Finn” in high school), and for some reason that novel seemed to be squeezing it in whenever possible; really overemphasizing it. I very nearly called my forage into the world of Valerie Wood quits after that experience, but I was eager to learn the appeal of her works. I chose “The Songbird” from the pile and gave her one more try.

"Songbird" is not a bad novel. It’s a bit of fluff; and a pleasant bit of fluff if indeed it’s fluff you’re after. Poppy is a young singer from Hull who wants to make it in the theatre. Her mother is dead and her father runs a coffee shop in town. She is madly in love with her brother’s best friend before imparting upon her career. The people she meets along the way will open her eyes, but just like Dorothy, she also learns to truly appreciate her home and those who love her.

The writing isn’t grand, yet it’s very readable. I believe that most of Wood’s dedicated readers are also from the Hull area and simply love to see their familiar haunts incorporated into a story. Wood certainly does her history, and is eager to show off her knowledge. I felt at times that she was inserting location details that were irrelevant to the story, purely for this “travelogue” type purpose.
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This was a great book I didnt want it to end. very relaxing read a book I didnt want to put down
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By Amazon Customer on 23 Nov 2013
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I really liked this book. All of Val woods books are excellent & this is one of them.
Definitely recommended
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By Lorkin on 10 Nov 2013
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Love all Val Woods books. Can not put these down once I start reading one. It is worth looking at her list of published books first and start at the beginning as the characters appear in different books. Although they could be read randomly as well!
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