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3.0 out of 5 stars An OK historical novel, but with inaccuracies., 1 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Liverpool Rose: A Liverpool Family Saga (Paperback)
I read this as a canal boater, not a lover of romantic or period novels. It's a good time-passer, but not a page-turner. I think the strength is in the sense of Liverpool, not the strength of dialogue or plot. The dialogue is a bit stilted and didactic in places, with too many subordinate clauses. People don't speak like that (not even in 'the Pool':-)

Katie Flynn dedicates the book to a couple of canal boaters who helped her with the research about the canals, and teaching her to steer, which was nice of her.

However, they haven't taught her properly about the history of the canal. The plot relies on the Liverpool Rose boat being one of a narrowboat pair, but narrowboats never operated on the Leeds & Liverpool - at least, not traditional full-length ones. The canal used the wider 'shortboats', and they weren't towed in pairs by horses either.

And the main hero (Clem) seems to have come from a Yorkshire or Lancashire mining village but talks/acts like a Liverpudlian which confused me.

The book could also have been a third shorter with greater pace, I think.

But you won't ask for your money back.
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