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The Stony Path [Paperback]

Rita Bradshaw
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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20 Sep 2001
Growing up on a small, struggling farm on the outskirts of Sunderland in the early 1900s, Polly Farrow has a tough life, but she has gifts money can’t buy – a joyful disposition and a loving heart. And her heart belongs to her beloved cousin, Michael. Polly knows that one day they’ll be man and wife. But a terrible secret is to change everything: Michael is her half-brother, the fruit of an incestuous relationship between her father and his own sister – Michael’s mother. The lovers are rent apart and Polly is left to bear the responsibility of the farm alone – for her father kills himself, unable to live with his shame. Life is now a battle for survival, and Polly wonders if she will ever find happiness. But the answer to her prayers is closer than she thinks...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (20 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747263221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747263227
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 11.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rita Bradshaw was born in Northamptonshire, where she still lives today. At the age of sixteen she met her husband - whom she considers her soulmate - and they have two daughters and a son, and six grandchildren.
Much to her delight, Rita's first novel was accepted for publication and she has gone on to write many more successful novels since then, including the number one bestseller Dancing in the Moonlight.

As a committed Christian and passionate animal-lover her life is full, but she loves walking her dogs, reading, eating out and visiting the cinema and theatre, as well as being involved in her local church and animal welfare.

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Gritty and touching (Newcastle Evening Chronicle) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A terrible family secret threatens to shatter Polly Farrow's dreams for ever.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Characters, and Unbelieveable Hardships 18 Aug 2002
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I found this book initially a little hard to get into because there were a lot of characters and I had trouble keeping them straight. Also, the "country dialog" didn't appeal to me, although to most readers, it probably would seem more realistic.
After the first three or four chapters,I found the book much easier to read, and was really captivated by the story. The book opens with a brother and sister involved in incest. Later, two cousins fall in love and want to marry, until they find that they are really half-brother and half-sister (the result of the earlier incestuous union), which destroys both their lives. The book follows mainly what happens to the girl. The girl undergoes unbelieveable hardships, but always maintains her good character. The book keeps you reading until the end--it is hard to put down. And the end is very satisfying, yet realistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 19 Jun 2014
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A slowly emerged story which gripped me as I read I am looking forward to reading more of Rita Bradshaw,s book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 29 May 2014
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I love all Rita Bradshaws books and can't get enough of them. Couldn't put it down so it was read in record time.
Would definitely recommend. She does write very good books and am looking for the next one !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 April 2014
By Mary
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A book you cannot put down you want to know what will happens next. you feel you are there as things happen l have thoughrely enjoyed this book from begining to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set in my locality 6 Mar 2014
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I have read other Rita Bradshaw books and really enjoy them as they are set in my locality. This is a really good and shows what hard times folk went through. Triumph despite adversity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars byromv 22 Feb 2014
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Always like Rita Bradshaw books never had a bad one yet would recommend them any time, always a good story
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 16 Feb 2014
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five star for this book.again i bought this book a christmas gift for my sister she loved the story and she likes all rita bradshaw books she enjoyed .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 28 July 2013
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This book is fantastic as are all Rita Bradshaw's books. I have yet to read one that didn't grab me from beginning to end and makes me feel fed up when it's finished.
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