Farewell to Lancashire
Cassandra Blake has raised her three motherless sisters. The girls are the pride of their book-loving, impractical father Zachariah, and not in a hurry to marry. Then the American Civil War cuts off supplies of cotton to Lancashire, the mills fall silent and there is no work. There is a stark choice, stay and risk starvation or pack up and begin again elsewhere. Cassandra has fallen in love with Reece Gregory, but he can't support a wife. When he's given the chance to start a new life in Australia, he seizes the opportunity, promising to send for her. Then an old feud tears the family apart. Cassandra is kidnapped and her sisters are forced to sail with a group of desperate cotton lasses to the Swan River Colony. Penniless and alone, Cassandra is determined to find them again but when she is offered a way, there is a painful price to pay.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 163 x 241 x 29mm | 552g
- 22 Jan 2009
- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Anna Jacobs
Anna Jacobs grew up in Lancashire and emigrated to Australia, but still visits the UK regularly to see her family and do research, something she loves. She is addicted to writing and she figures she'll have to live to be 120 at least to tell all the stories that keep popping up in her imagination and nagging her to write them down. She's also addicted to her own hero, to whom she's been happily married for many years.
'A compelling read' -- Sun (Freedom's Land) 20090724 'Impressive grasp of human emotions.' -- The Sunday Times 20090724 'Anna Jacobs' books are deservedly popular. She is one of the best writers of Lancashire sagas around.' -- Historical Novels Review 20090724 'Jacobs excels at creating vivid, memorable characters.' -- Booklist USA 20020101 'Vivid insight into family relationships' -- Coventry Evening Telegraph 20020101 'A gripping storyteller.' -- Sunday Star Times, Auckland, NZ 20050821 'This is a fascinating insight into a piece of Australia's history that receives little attention.' -- Newcastle Herald, Australia - FREEDOM'S LAND 20090401
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Farewell to Lancashire - Anna Jacobs Yesterday evening I picked up `Farewell to Lancashire\' and read it cover-to-cover. Rather annoying, I\'m busy at the moment and I had to start work at 4am today. `Farewell to Lancashire\' is the most gorgeous story. The novel is so empowering, for the reader, for the characters and the plot so rich. It\'s quite impossible to put down. I\'m quite sure there is something in the water in Western Australia that turns people like Anna Jacobs into authors. It couldn\'t be just skill and hard work, or they\'d be all over the world. A warning to those on a strict budget, Anna Jacobs is such a clever author she can actually manage to insert addictive advertisements for her next novel in the series, \'Beyond the Sunset\' within the lines of her novel. We `poor\' readers must run out and start to search knowing the novel is still several months from the bookshop.show moreby E Hare