The House of Women

The House of Women

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As the Victorian Age draws to a close, lonely and brokenhearted, Grace Woodruff fights for her sisters' rights to happiness while sacrificing any chance for her own.The eldest of seven daughters, Grace is the core of strength around which the unhappy members of the Woodruff family revolve. As her disenchanted mother withdraws to her rooms, Grace must act as a buffer between her violent, ambitious father and the sisters who depend upon her. Rejected by her first love and facing a spinster's future, she struggles to hold the broken family together through her father's infidelity, one sister's alcoholism, and another's out-of-wedlock pregnancy by an unsuitable match.Caring for an illegitimate half-brother affords Grace an escape, though short-lived. Forced home by illness and burdened with dwindling finances, Grace faces fresh anguish -and murder- when her first love returns to wreck havoc in her life. All is not lost, however. In the midst of tragedy, the fires of her heart are rekindled by another. Will the possibility of true love lead Grace to relinquish her responsibilities in the house of women and embrace her own right to happiness?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 22mm | 455g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0956790186
  • 9780956790187
  • 1,085,297

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"Brear excels with a deft hand in creating superb depictions of her characters with amazing depth. Frankly, if you've ever been a fan of Catherine Cookson, you are going to love Anne Brear. This was a remarkable, deeply moving and powerful read I hated to see end and one in which I highly recommend."
--Marilyn Rondeau, Reviewers International Organization
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About Anne Whitfield

Anne Brear was born in Australia to English parents. She has been a lifelong reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses, and a fascination with what might have happened within their walls. Her interests include reading, genealogy, watching movies, spending time with family, and eating chocolate--not always in that order.
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Rating details

159 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 25% (40)
4 33% (52)
3 24% (38)
2 13% (21)
1 5% (8)

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Grace, the sensible elder daughter of the house, puts her own needs to one side while she attempts to manage the fate and fortune of her irresponsible parents and siblings. A well-written, fast moving drama from start to finish. Janet Woodsshow more
by Janet Woods
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