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A ROSE AND A STAR: A Historical Novel Paperback – 27 Sep 2007
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Rosina, a young gypsy girl, has been wandering over the countryside with her brothers, eventually ending up in the New Forest where she attracts the attention of Squire Denny. The squire takes her home with him, initially into service in his household. But what neither of them realise is that their lives are going to be changed forever . This is a compelling read that takes the reader back to a bygone age which, however, is resuscitated with convincing dramatic tension-from the intrigue and shady dealings of a country estate to the theatrical, sophisticated yet sometimes bawdy life of London.
About the Author
Gloria West (aka Nancy Beattie) was born in the Scottish Borders but brought up in Birmingham. She was educated at Byng Kenrick Grammar School and Garretts Green Technical College, both in Birmingham. She has been a secretary, a hotel receptionist, civil servant, a YTS instructor, an occasional crowd artiste (or ?extra?) on the TV and recently completed a teaching assistant course. Her interests are reading, amateur dramatics, folk music and dancing, theatre and cinema going. She now lives in Shropshire with her partner who is a talented singer and musician.
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However, the excessive number of named characters throughout the novel were to my mind confusing at times.
I must admit that the chapters being short in length were a benefit.
To sum it up at the end I feel that this novel is really more a man's type of book.
Review by Beth Richards. 9/11/2008
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