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A "cracking-good" read featuring a delightful heroine.
on 12 April 2002
The Mary Ann Omnibus Vol I introduces you to Mary Ann Shaughnessy , her family,her friends, and her enemies. Mary Ann's enemies are as universal as characters as she is(i.e. the bossy neighbor, the schoolyard bully, the disapproving Granny-all well drawn.)Cookson tells Mary Ann's story from age six to thirteen.Cookson's descriptions make it easy to picture Mary Ann, he beloved Da, her beautiful Mam, her somewhat colorless brother,
and the mysterious Mr. Lord.Cookson's characters are engaging and provide an easy but satisfying read.After finishing Vol of Mary Ann's story, I was eager to order Vol II to read the rest of her story.As a longtime Cookson reader, I was delighted to find these two volumes.They are not Cookson's later work but certainly some of her best.