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Topp Family Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Michael Allen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ernest Marshwood is on his way to a funeral. And, like everyone else attending it, he is asking himself a question – who will get the money, now that the old man’s dead?

Ernest certainly hopes that he and his wife will end up rich. But he’s in for a nasty shock.

When the will is read, Ernest discovers that, in order to get his hands on a huge fortune, he has to gain the cooperation of a young woman who can supply what he needs. So Grace Topp becomes a party to Ernest’s secret scheming; and so do some other members of her family.

As the years pass, keeping those secrets becomes more and more difficult.

Set in England from the 1930s to the 1950s, this enthralling account of Grace Topp and her two sons will captivate readers of such popular writers as Rosamunde Pilcher and Jeffrey Archer.

Acclaim for Michael Allen’s other books:

‘Beguiling entertainment’ Kirkus Reviews.
‘Absolutely first class’ The Bookseller
‘Solidly constructed’ New York Times Book Review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008N8B7BC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #656,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Michael Allen is best known for writing popular mainstream fiction, and he's been doing it successfully for more years than he cares to remember. (Actually his first novel was published in 1963.) Here are some quotes from reviews of his work:

'Absolutely first class' The Bookseller
'Solidly constructed' New York Times Book Review
'A pleasing narrative style' Daily Mail
'Beguiling entertainment' Kirkus Reviews
'Don't miss it' The Observer

These days, Michael publishes all his new work in Kindle format. Much of his earlier work is now out of print, and some of the printed books listed on Amazon are only available secondhand; but most of this earlier output will gradually be republished in Kindle versions. In addition, there are some brand-new publications, listed on Amazon Kindle for the first time anywhere. To take a look at Michael's output and see what appeals to you, click on the Kindle category below and scroll down.

Michael Allen is also known for his practical books for writers:

How to Write a Short Story that Works
The Truth about Writing
On the Survival of Rats in the Slush Pile

From 2004-07, Michael wrote a daily blog, the Grumpy Old Bookman. Still available online, this contains over one million words of essays, book reviews, and useful information for writers. Michael has recently reopened the blog for occasional reviews, news, and opinion pieces.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure Who Wrote It But It's Great 1 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Still reading this but when I tried to add it on Goodreads, it was listed under another author-Anne Moore-and it's the same story as the description on the cover pictured is right. On here it's only listed under Michael Allen. So I'm confused !!

Finished now and it was very,very good but there needs to be a sequel since it ended so suddenly. I read at the end the author's written under pen-names in the past so that cleared up that confusion, I think !!
It's set in the 1930's through till the late 1950's and is about a girl called Grace and her sons and how and why they were conceived. I did feel very cheated it ended so soon, though, and sort of skipped past important events in the family with nary a backward glance.In parts it could have been describing the lifestyle of John Haigh when it discussed the character of Ernest and the way he lived.
Just past 50% into the book words started being missed out here and there which became annoying. It's like the editor had enough and couldn't be bothered to edit the second half properly !
All in all, I really liked it. A great story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but... 19 Aug. 2013
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I did enjoy this book. It was humorous in parts, and the writer gave a good insight into the lives of the various characters. However, as stated by another reviewer, it came to a very abrupt ending hence my reason for only giving it 4 stars. This may well be due to the fact that there is a sequel planned, but not withstanding this, there was no real conclusion to the book and I was left wondering about Peter's time in New York, and how the army's influence was shaping Eddie's future. Will they meet up again in the coming years?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabby For A Freebie 8 May 2013
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Downloaded as a Freebie, and am not disappointed with it
A thoroughly enjoyable book....
Easy to read, yet kept me glued throughout....
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3.0 out of 5 stars no lasting impression 15 April 2013
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Read this a few weeks ago to tell the truth I can not recall the story, one of the joys of being dezlexic!
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