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on 12 August 2010
The story follows a young girl from Jarrow, through her simple life of service, snatching moments with her beloved father and grandparents, through love, trauma, turmoil and heartbreak at the hands of someone who should have loved her unconditionally. The last chapter first reads as a very different story, I almost didn't carry on, but Keep reading the end chapter turns out to be a chapter that leaves you wanting more!
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It maybe that I have just read too many Catherine Cookson books recently but this one in particular I found boring.

It seems that whatever century she is writing about she follows the same formula.........poor girl/boy from poor family meets rich man/woman and lives happily ever after with a few glitches thrown in for good measure.

Fortunately it is a short book so I read it within an hour and was truthfully glad to finish it. Certainly not one of Catherine Cooksons best efforts.
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on 2 March 2010
Mary Walton is the apple of her father's eye; his only comfort during the dark years of the Depression when he is faced with both unemployment and a nagging, ambitious wife.

His only hope is that Mary will one day find a way to escape the grinding poverty of the Tyneside slums. But when a secret is revealed these dreams are shattered and the lives of the Walton family change forever. . .

Spanning Mary's life from the 1930's to the 1970's, Pure as the Lily is a spellbinding, unforgettable tale from one of Britain's most cherished novelists.
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on 16 January 2013
The book was twisting and moving all the time keeping me interested. It made me smile laugh and cry. The story of family was not just of love as you would expect but also the nasty cruel side which is hidden and not spoken about within a family.
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on 26 January 2014
Swift delivery and product in excellent condition and packaged well.I would recommend to anyone who likes to read - not like a used book - it looks like new and at a great price.
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on 15 September 2011
This was classic Catherine Cookson, very enjoyable. I understand that there have been 9 books of hers published since she died, would love to know their titles.
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on 2 March 2016
This book was a good read but I have not read a Catherine Cookson for some years and would agree that it follows the plot of the other books she has written.
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on 9 August 2013
Yet another classic Catherine Cookson book, for anyone who just loves this author (as I do) it is an essential read.
happy reading Janet
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on 21 February 2013
story started really well but as it went on it got really boring kept trying but in the end stopped reading it as was just boring
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on 23 May 2014
An excellent page turner really enjoyed read this novel and would recommend it to any reader of Catherine Cookson books
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