[stuart Books] Epub The Black Velvet Gown Author Catherine Cookson

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There would be times when Riah Millican came to regret that her husband had learned to read and write and then shared his knowledge with her and their children  For this was Durham in the 1830's when employers tended to regard the spread of education with suspicion  But now Seth Millican was dead a. I absolutely loved this book and I really didn t expect to Based on the cover and various descriptions of it and its author I really expected another shallow crappy historical fiction really a romance in pseudo intellectual clothes This to my mind was nothing of the sort No nothing sweeping or epic happens none of the characters change the world But they do change their worlds and that alone was enjoyable enough to read It really gave you a sense of the conditions of the time periodThe real draw for me was the characters though I loved how deeply drawn they were no major characters here are one dimensional The jerks had softer gentler sides the kind ones had mean streaks and were capable of resentment and bitterness People like the wrong people and dismiss the good ones mistakenly they make mistakes Biddy the arguable main character gets herself into trouble because she s got a temper and doesn t hold her tongue when that temper is high Mr Miller is deeply deeply complex and I went through different shades with him By the end of the book I still wasn t uite sure what to make of him They felt like real people with real struggles and for that I adore this bookNo earth shattering plots or anything like that here but if you want a genuine human drama this is for you I highly recommend it

Summary º E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Catherine Cookson

The Black Velvet Gown

Nd she was a widow with the need to find a home and a living for herself and her childrenThe chance of becoming a housekeeper didn't work out but it led to Moor House and a scholarly recluse obsessed with that very book learning that could open so many doors and yet create so many problems; especially. I have read many Catherine Cookson novels over the years This writer is exceptionally prolific and it s difficult to categorize her style they are certainly historical with a bit of a Gothic flair however many deal with deprivation and great sadness this is one that I really love It is about a woman who falls on hard times and seeks menial employment to survive however she finds a white light among the ashes of disparity and great joy I enjoyed this book very much

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With her daughter Biddy who was not only bright but witfulTHE BLACK VELVET GOWN is the story of a mother and daughter often at odds with each other facing the need to challenge and fight the prejudice of an age a narrative of great power and diversity that is one of Catherine Cookson's major achievemen. First time I have read Catherine Cookson Excellent writer This book is about rising above your social standing If you are poor you should not rise to greater heights and you should not learn to read or write no good will come of that Mind you it is 1830 s we re in in Durham county England when children went out to eke out a living young as 7 or so Main character Biddy does rise above her station and it is that journey that is so well written in The Black Velvet Gown the ironies the family dramas upstairs and down that move this book to a shocking if not totally appropriate ending I shall certainly enjoy another Cookson book soon


10 thoughts on “The Black Velvet Gown

  1. says:

    I grew up thinking that Catherine Cookson was sort of a lightweight romance author and thus I never really bothered with her Imagine my surprise when I picked up The Black Velvet Gown and found it to be intricate than I expected and written in an intelligent sometimes stark fashion Riah is a young 1830s widow who finds that the fact she's been taught to read and write is of a hindrance than a help Her children

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    When Riah is given a

  3. says:

    I absolutely loved this book and I really didn't expect to Based on the cover and various descriptions of it and its author I really expected another shallow crappy 'historical fiction' really a romance in pseudo intellectual clothes

  4. says:

    I have read many Catherine Cookson novels over the years This writer is exceptionally prolific and it's difficult to categorize her style; they are certainly historical with a bit of a Gothic flair; however many deal with deprivation and great sadness; this is one that I really love It is about a woman who falls on hard times and seeks menial employment to survive; however she finds a white light among the ashes of disparity and great joy I

  5. says:

    I am forever buying books to get home to find I have already read the book I just purchased It's so disappointing to sit down ready for a new story to find you have bought the book than onceI can only think that it was such a good story that when I read the intro on the back of the book I had to have the book in uestionSo I have decided to make a list of the books I have read that I loved and this is one such bookWas uite a few years ago

  6. says:

    I didn't realize that the education of the lower ranking classes in the late 1800s was such a controversial issue till I picked up this book For a Cookson novel it was a tad disappointing I have come to expect a bit out of her It had an interesting enough start beginning with a woman named Maria and her four chi

  7. says:

    Just arrived from USA trough BMPage 165Books books books I'd like to burn the lot People are right the gentry are right the working class shouldn't be allowed to handle them the're disturbers trouble makers Page 218In the main ye happy becaus

  8. says:

    I am a great fan of Catherine Cookson and read most of her booksIn the 1830's in northern England Riah Millican a widow wit

  9. says:

    First time I have read Catherine Cookson Excellent writer This book is about rising above your social standing If you are poor you should not rise to greater heights and you should not learn to read or write no good will c

  10. says:

    I love this book and have read it at least 5 timesI love the last line it just showed you that people should be careful before they do a kindnessjust got done reading it again 7915