The Narrowboat Girl Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Mar 2005
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Prequel to THE WATER GYPSIES, this is an absorbing tale of adventure and true love from the bestselling author of CHOCOLATE GIRLS
From the Author
'The Narrowboat Girl' is one of the books I have most enjoyed writing. The research was fascinating, learning so much about the people who used to work our waterways, transporting coal and many other goods and bringing up families in the tiny cabins of narrowboats. It was such a hard and in many ways dangerous life, but did bring its own freedoms and the lovely surroundings of the countryside once away from the smoky, grimy cities.
Maryann's story contains sadness and tragedy, but there is much adventure, love and friendship for her as well!
If you would like to know more about what happens to Maryann and her family on the 'cut' don't miss the sequel to this story, which is called 'Water Gypsies.'
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Top Customer Reviews
Annie writes so vividly that I felt I had actually lived in these times, in the squaller. I could smell the coal, the dank dripping canal basements.
Although this is a realistic insight, it is seen through the eyes of a child & later a young woman, it is also a romance. It's truly compelling read which will be difficult to put down & it's one which will stay in your memery for a good time afterwards.
The story has you groped from page one and you feel like you are living alongside Mary Ann and her family from the outset. Mary Ann's life is detailed in such a way that you can't help becoming so involved that you feel every twist and turn and can't wait to find out what happens next and how she will cope and move forward.
I would strongly recommend this book to fan's of and first time readers of Annie Murray. It's a wonderful book and a captivating read.
I love the characters Mary-Ann and Nance such good friends.
Both Joel and Darius sounded lovely and I'm pleased by the outcome (I won't spoil it). Can't wait to read the next one.
Title: The Narrowboat Girl
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical, Romance,
I was given this book.
This book has 457 pages and 48 chapters in it.
I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio. Even if you do not read books like this.
I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.
I highly recommend this book.
Synopsis: Young Maryann nelson is devastated at the loss of her beloved father.But worse is to come when her mother Flo, sees an opportunity to better herself and her family in a marriage to the local undertaker Norman griffin. Through on the surface a caring family man, Norman is not at all what he seems. As Maryann and her sister Sally soon discovers. Unable to turn to their unsympathetic mother for support, the girls are left alone with their harrowing secret. But for Sally it is too much too bear... The chance of a new life opens up for Maryann when she befriends Joel Bartholomew. Aboard his narrowboat, the Esther Jane, she finds herself falling in love with life on the canal as she is swept away from Birmingham and all her worries. Until Joel's feelings for Maryann begin to change, awakening all the old nightmares that she thought long buried, and in panic and confusion she takes flight...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an absolutely fantastic book this is, laughter, tears , sadness and joy it is a book I could not put down.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Gripping story, even I want to give the step father a slap
I might even buy a canalboat
Enjoyed this book learning about life on the canals. All the tales if how hard their lives were In winterPublished 1 month ago by Ms J M Proffitt
The story is good but the condition of the book I received was a little disappointing and extremely 'well read'Published 1 month ago by Gillian Rhodes
Thoroughly enjoyed the story, life on the canals was hard, found it totally engrossingPublished 5 months ago by Pam Hussey