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The Westbrook Affair [Kindle Edition]

A R Dance
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Set in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire in the mid-nineteenth century, The Westbrook Affair chronicles the lives of families from opposite ends of the social divide. It is a gripping story of poverty and wealth, betrayal and greed and ultimately the search for justice and the truth.

Young Joseph Lambert has enjoyed all the childhood privileges befitting the son of a wealthy Yorkshire squire. But when his widowed father is mysteriously killed in a riding accident, his comfortable world is suddenly torn apart. Joseph’s elder brother, the dissolute and self-indulgent Miles, inherits the estate and promptly abandons his young brother, leaving him to fend for himself.

Determined to seek his fortune, the thirteen-year-old orphan makes his way to Sheffield where he secures an apprenticeship in a cutlery factory. Seven years later, now an accomplished and skilled craftsman, he marries Hannah and soon a daughter, Eliza, is born. But barely is Eliza old enough to know her father, when tragedy strikes. Hannah is struggling to support herself and her daughter, when one day an old lady arrives with an astonishing tale to tell.

And slowly, a forgotten family secret begins to unfold.

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Set in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire in the mid-nineteenth century, The Westbrook Affair chronicles the lives of families from opposite ends of the social divide. It is a gripping story of poverty and wealth, betrayal and greed and ultimately the search for justice and the truth.

THE PLOT

Young Joseph Lambert has enjoyed all the childhood privileges befitting the son of a wealthy Yorkshire squire. But when his widowed father is mysteriously killed in a riding accident, his comfortable world is suddenly torn apart. Joseph’s elder brother, the dissolute and self-indulgent Miles, inherits the estate and promptly abandons his young brother, leaving him to fend for himself.

Determined to seek his fortune, the thirteen-year-old orphan makes his way to Sheffield where he secures an apprenticeship in a cutlery factory. Seven years later, now an accomplished and skilled craftsman, he marries Hannah and soon a daughter, Eliza, is born. But barely is Eliza old enough to know her father, when tragedy strikes. Hannah is struggling to support herself and her daughter, when one day an old lady arrives with an astonishing tale to tell.

And slowly, a forgotten family secret begins to unfold.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2975 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arundel Books (18 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G12XU30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living up to its promise 26 Oct 2013
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I have just finished reading this third book of Mr Dance's, and it lived up to the promise of his first two. As usual, the writer combines a complex, twisted plot of evil intentions and good outcomes with a thorough knowledge of Nottingham history which attracted me to his books in the first place. The reader is allowed to share the silent horror of a massive wall of water destroying lives and property in a working class terraced valley below a dam which breaks overnight in heavy rain, and to take an early train ride through South Yorkshire which is so minutely described that even the colours of the engine and the structures of the three classes of passenger carriage come alive.

Finally, there is a ringside seat for the visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to Nottingham's only station at the time. For exiles from Nottingham like me, who still remember what it was like there in our youth, it is wonderful to be reminded that Carrington Street was once not the noisy freeway that it is now, and that the sweep of Queen's Drive was the result of the creation of a special road to accommodate the royal carriage on its way south over the Trent to distant Belvoir Castle.

Let us hope that Mr Dance has enough research under his belt to continue this wonderful series of novels. In the meantime, if you have a friend or relative who enjoys well-written but painstakingly accurate historical fiction, then you can tick yet another present off your Xmas shopping list.

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A very good accurate detail ofmSheffield in the early 1800's . My ancestors come from Sheffield..arrived there in the Industrial Rev. And I have done a lot of research in the 1800's. I just wish that Incould have woven my characters into a semi fictitious story.
The story is a bit predictable, bit it gives a good picture of Sheffield inhabitants , and a city whichnupmtomthen60's was dirty and smokey.I don't know my about Nottingham, I must read one of the authors books on Nottingham.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and engrossing read 2 Feb 2014
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A R Dance has written a wonderful tale containing the result of extensive research into historical events happening during the time in which the book was set. He weaves these events and historical details into the story seamlessly. The characters are generally believable and the tale unfolds over a couple of generations.
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By Glenise
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Absolutely fantastic, especially as I live in Sheffield and have worked in Nottingham (both places are in the book). A really gripping story. The author has a way of making you feel you are there with them going through the good and bad times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 July 2014
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Brilliant book
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