Friday, 9 November 2012

Book Review: To Take Her Pride - Anne Brear

Synopsis - 1898 Yorkshire, Aurora Pettigrew has it all - a loving family, a nice home, a comfortable life.  She's waiting for the right man to offer her marriage, and the man for her is Reid Sinclair, heir to the Sinclair fortune and the love of her life.  But Reid's mother, Julia, is against the match and her ruthlessness unearths a family secret that will tear Aurora's world apart.  Unwilling to bring shame on her family and needing answers to the allegations brought to light by Reid's mother, Aurora begins a long journey away from home.  She leaves behind all that is familiar and safe to enter a world of mean streets and working class.  By chance, she reconnects with a man from the past and before he leaves with the army to war in South Africa, he offers her security through marriage.  Aurora knows she should be happy, but the memory of her love for Reid threatens her future. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - First of all I would like to point out that there were some typos which caused grammatical errors in one or two places.  This was not hugely distracting but it would have made my reading even more enjoyable if the copy had been proof read more thoroughly before going to 'print'.

A lovely story which made me think of a Barbara Taylor Bradford on Danielle Steel novel in reverse.  I really enjoyed this book, there was a lot of content to keep the reader interested.  As always when skeletons come out of the closet it is difficult to deal with the truth and I could empathise with Aurora's need to run away and discover the truth for herself given her situation.  The characters grew wonderfully, I saw Sophie become what she once was, a woman who could be happy again and deserved a good life and Aurora learn to become self-sufficient.  I loved the description of the neighbourliness amongst the tenants of the terraces, a real community.  Sadly, there is not enough of this in the present day.  A wonderfully wicked potential mother-in-law in the shape of Julia Sinclair, how awful to be consumed with such jealousy, meanness and snobbery.  What a horrible way to live!

I shall be looking for more novels from this author.  4*

Kindle edition: ASIN: B007I8RSXO

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