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    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 an

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    When Riah is given a job at Moor House she feels her prayers are answered She has not only found a home a job her and the Master of the House develop a friendship Mr Miller her employer tells Riah that he wishes t

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    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 non

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    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 a

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    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

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    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 h

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    Just arrived from USA trough BMPage 165Books books books I'd like to burn the lot People are right the gentry are

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    I am a great fan of Catherine Cookson and read most of her booksIn the 1830's in northern England Riah Millican a widow with three children takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher Percival Miller Miller makes Riah the gift of a black velvet gown and even educates her children But when Riah discovers the reason behind Miller's gifts she vows to leave his house but Miller has a hold on her even after his death when he leave

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    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 wri

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    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

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