Saturday, 30 May 2015

Book Review: Tania Crosse: The River Girl

The River Girl

Author: Tania Crosse
Title: The River Girl
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Family Sagas, Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Family, Sagas,

I was given this book along with Morwellham's child.

Book Dedication: For Pearlikins, who nurtured my interest in both medicine and plants.

And for my husband, who has been the rock of my life.

This book has 544 pages.

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio. Even if you do not read books like this.

I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.

I highly recommend this book but you should read the Morwellham's child first as this is the follow on to that book.

Synopsis: Brought up on her uncle's lowly tenant farm, Elizabeth Thornton yearns to escape his clutches. But when a vengeful obsession from another source comes back to haunt her – and the man she loves reveals a dark secret – each of them is forced to confront a personal terror. When Elizabeth's auntie dies in childbirth her uncle turns his attention to Elizabeth because he says she looks just like her auntie and he wants to marry Elizabeth but her mother has a plan to get her away from him when she dies of cancer but he will not like it.

Review: I found this book really easy to get in to and hard to put down once l started reading it. I was happy to be able to carry on the story from Morwellham's child. I was sad to read that Elizabeth's dad, auntie and mother all passed away. Leaving Elizabeth with her uncle who tried to rape her and he tried to get her to marry him but her mother made plans for her to be a live in nurse maid for Josiah so she was not around her uncle because her mother knew what he was like with women. I hated reading that her uncle cut off all her hair off and made her fall to the point that her eye was nearly closed and it was horrible to read that he tried to sell her to Maurice Brett and Maurice wanted to marry Elizabeth and he was going to make her look after his mother but l was glad stood up to her uncle but it was horrible that he attacked her and she hit him with a rock to get him off her because he could of raped her. I was glad she ran in to Richard when she did but wished it had not been him getting thrown off a horse on to his sore leg. I was happy that Elizabeth was safe from her uncle. Richard was going to take her back to her uncle but she told him no and he thought that Elizabeth was died when she ran in to the path of the horse so he pulled back the cloak and said it is you. Richard seen elizabeth's ripped clothes. He took her back to the place where she felt safe when he got the horse that ran away when it got scared. Richard waited until chanel was upstairs before he asked if her uncle had raped her and she said no but he has attacked me before. Richard went why did you not say anything. She said you wanted me gone so l had no other choice to go back to him. I thought Elizabeth and Richard loved each other when they first seen each other that day when Richard and Chanel arrived back from France but they did not want to say how they felt about each other. Richard had seen Elizabeth on the day of her auntie's funeral when she was younger. Richard being ill and Elizabeth having to look after his daughter who did not speak any English. But they had a happy ending almost apart from losing their baby and Elizabeth nearly dying . Thankfully Elizabeth survived and her uncle marriaged another woman and his son Daniel and her cousin died when he was down the mine and poor Elizabeth was there when they pulled out the body of her beloved cousin Daniel. Rebecca and Adam Bradley was in this book from Morwellham's child and they was helping Elizabeth and Richard. Richard's uncle had put some money in to the building of a boat before he died in the war and they was money put aside from the boats profits not knowning about it Richard lost everything because of Maurice until Adam found the person who now owned the shares in the boat he owned that Richard's uncle had put money in to halp build it and it helped them get their home back. But Richard ended up in prison because of Maurice he had kidnapped Chanel and wanted Elizabeth and he shot Maurice in the shoulder and the police thought that is what killed Maurice but that was not the case Richard was a trained shot he could of shot him in the head but the fall killed Maurice. I was happy that he did not go to jail and they got the house back and they did not have to worry about Maurice or Elizabeth's uncle. I was happy that Adam got to meet who made the ointment to save his arm and they did not know it was Elizabeth until Richard notice Adam's arm and said did your doctor ask another doctor about a ointment to help with the healing? Adam reply yes Richard said that was Elizabeth who made the ointment l remember the doctor asking. Adam and Rebecca was happy to meet the person who helped save his arm through the ointment.

About The Author: Dartmoor historical novelist Tania Crosse was born in London but at a very young age she moved to Surrey where her love of the countryside took root. She always enjoyed reading and has composed stories ever since she could hold a pen. After studying french Literature at university, she devoted twenty years to bringing up her three children. But her passion for writing never left her, and side by side with her in-depth research on to Victorian social history, she began to pen her novels in earnest as her family grew up. When Tania discovered Morwellham Quay, the restored Victorian cooper port and now living history museum in Devon, she fell in love with this magical place and felt a spiritual compulsion to create a story that would illustrate life there in times gone by. This led to the publication of her debut novel, 'Morwellham's Child' and now Tania has thrilled her readers with over 100,000 copies sold of her first two titles alone. She is rated among the top five per cent of authors for library loans in the uk, and her books are now being published in the us and translated in to European languages. Tania is continuing to work on her series of novels illustrating the rich history of Tavistock and the surrounding area of Dartmoor from Victorian times to the 1950's. She hates being categorized as a writer of historical romance. The history comes first, she insists, and the human tales develop from her research. The characters lead harsh, demanding lives and their stories are often cruel and harrowing. ' l tell it like it was', she says. Tania has been happily married for forty years and claims she would never have achieved her success without her husband's support. They live partly in Berkshire and partly at their tiny cottage on Dartmoor where Tania retreats to write and absorbs the atmosphere of the places that inspire her.

About The Book. This book cover is really nice and the colours is not too bright or not too dull. The font is really nice not too big and not too small.

Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars

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