The Second Bride (Tales From Goswell Series)
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About "The Second Bride (Tales From Goswell Series)"
:Ellen Tyson's idyllic village life is derailed when Annabelle moves in. Annabelle is her husband Alex's teenage daughter from his first marriage. Seventeen years old, surly and defiant, Annabelle has no interest in being part of her father's second family. When a death certificate from the 1870s, hidden beneath the floorboards of their attic, is discovered during a renovation, Ellen tries to use it as a way to get closer to Annabelle. But as both women learn about Sarah Mills who died in 1872, they find the past reflected in their own lives in strange and startling ways. A dual narrative between present and the 1860s, The Second Bride is a powerful and moving drama that narrates the difficulties and joys of blending families.
Meet the Author
Katharine Swartz has dual citizenship in the United States and Canada, and lives in Cumbria, in northwest England, with her British husband, an Anglican minister, and their five children. She has published eight serials with The People's Friend magazine, hundreds of short stories with various women's magazines around the world, and over twenty romance novels with Mills & Boon.
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The Second Bride is an intriguing dual-timeline story set in the wild north of England. The present-day plot centres around Ellen, a freelance proofreader married to Alex. The past story is of Sarah Mills, who died in 1872 at the age of twenty-two. I found Sarah's story a lot more engaging. Ellen's problems were real, to be sure, and-like Sarah-she didn't necessarily have a lot of control over what happened to her. That frustrated me as I like to see characters triumph over their circumstances, and that never quite happened for Ellen. It didn't happen for Sarah, either, but we knew from the first page that she was going to die young, so her story was tinged with that sadness. Also, Sarah's misfortune wasn't the result of her own bad choices-it was more the result of bad luck and circumstances she couldn't see any other way out of. And that engaged me more than Ellen, especially when I compared Sarah's self-sacrificing attitude with Ellen's simmering resentment of Annabelle and her effect on their once-happy family. So the present story was good, but the past story was better. The writing was solid but not spectacular, but there was plenty of conflict and it certainly kept me reading. Thanks to Lion Fiction and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.