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Hope Against Hope Paperback – 4 Apr 2010
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Stoical and industrious Carrie and carefree and vivacious May lose both home and livelihood when their Leeds pub is sold out from under them to make way for the coming of the railway. They head for Harrogate to find work and lodging in the spa town's burgeoning hotel trade. But the sisters fall prey to fraudsters and predators and are also driven apart by misunderstanding, pride and a mutual sense of betrayal and resentment. May's fate is a high-class brothel from which her escape leads only to hunger in the slums of Paris. Carrie becomes a virtual slave to the vicious hostess of a filthy boarding house and the victim of her vindictive son.Alex Sinclair, a bold and warm-spirited Scot, has eschewed the wishes of his father to become a railway engineer. His companion, Charles Hammond is the dissolute heir to a vast fortune, withheld from him by an overbearing mother and grasping stepfather. Charles bides his time as a physician, a profession for which he lacks both aptitude and enthusiasm. The futures of both men will become bound up with those of the two sisters.As time passes the sisters overcome their adversities: May becomes the most sought after dressmaker in Paris; Carrie, the proprietor of the most successful hotel in Harrogate.Feeling spurned by Carrie, Alex pours himself obsessively into new railway projects. Meanwhile, having been almost destroyed through gambling, drunkenness and self-loathing, Charles starts on the long and difficult road to redemption and fulfilment.Carrie and May have now been estranged for several years. There seems little hope of reconciliation or of either of them or finding love and lasting happiness. But this is 1848, the 'Year of Revolutions'. The streets of Paris erupt in bloody insurrection...while Alex Sinclair is commissioned to bring the railway to Harrogate.
About the Author
Sally Zigmond lives in North Yorkshire where much of Hope Against Hope is set. She has written professionally for eleven years, publishing several short stories and a novella, Chasing Angels. For several years she was commissioning editor for QWF, the literary short fiction magazine for women and is reviews editor for The Historical Novels Review.
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The book follows the fortunes of two Yorkshire girls in the early Victorian period. They've been separated by circumstances. Set mostly in Paris and Harrogate, the girls struggle to build lives for themselves and are eventually reunited after lots of dramatic events.
This is one of those books where both the characters and the settings are strongly written and hugely memorable. It would appeal to anyone who likes historical fiction - it's a half-way house between literary historical and family saga. A very enjoyable read.
The story rambled about all over the place, and went on far, far too long. There were some bits of the plot that were laughable. The two sisters at one point live minutes' walk from each other, but don't meet for weeks - not, at this stage, because they've fallen out, but because one of them is 'too busy' (in other words, purely for the sake of the plot!).
The text was riddled with grammatical and typographical errors - it doesn't seem to have been properly edited, which is odd given that the cover and general look of the book are very nice. Style over substance?!
The author paints her word pictures with an assured skill, and the characters intrigue, irritate and delight by turns. I was particularly taken with the two villains of the piece and their ingenious money-making scams, but the most memorable character in this novel turns out to be Harrogate itself. I found it fascinating to discover the history of one of my favourite English towns and will certainly try to remember to take this novel with me as a guide, when I next visit Yorkshire!
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