The Girl was a brillient book in my opinion. It was the 4th Catherine Cookson I had read so I had not too much to compare it with. I enjoy Catherine's books as I like romances although I am 13 years old. I will definatley be reading more of her books later on. So far i have read the Tilly Trotter Trioligy and I think the Girl was similar to them, in the way that it was set out (e.g: Love, Broken hearts, Etc) I hope that if you read this book, that you will enjoy it as much as I have.
In mid-19th century Yorkshire, Hannah Boyle is left with the family of Matthew Thornton, the man her dying mother claims fathered her. Ill-treated by Thornton's bitter and vindictive wife Anne, who views Hannah only as evidence of her husband's infidelity, she is married off to the village butcher, whose waspish mother torments her further. But through her patience, intelligence and strength, she wins her freedom and the man she loves.
I had not read a Catherine Cookson book for a long while, awwnd hawd forgotten what an exceptional author she is. This book was a hard one to put down. I loved every minute of it. I will not go on to much about it you just need to find out for yourself but i highly recommend it. Excellent read.
As always a really good book. Catherine Cookson writes about those years with such knowledge you are almost taken there. Hard to understand how people endured those times and the things they were forced to do.