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The Narrowboat Girl Audiobook

The Narrowboat Girl

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Publisher's Summary

Maryann Nelson's widowed mother, Flo, sees the opportunity to better her family by marrying the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Maryann and her sister, Sal, soon discover that he has another side to him. For Sal, it is too much to bear and she escapes, leaving Maryann to take revenge on Norman Griffin.

The chance of a new life opens up when she befriends Joel Batholomew, who works on the canal. Aboard his narrowboat, she finds herself falling in love with her new life. Then Joel's feelings for Maryann begin to change, awakening all the old nightmares that she had long thought buried. The Narrowboat Girl is warm-hearted storytelling at its very best, and a testament to the overwhelming power of true love and its ability to overcome suffering.

©2001 Annie Murray; (P)2001 Soundings

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    Elaine birmingham, west midlands, United Kingdom 17/03/2010
    Elaine birmingham, west midlands, United Kingdom 17/03/2010
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    "very upsetting but excellent writing"

    i didnt like this, the content is disturbing and i felt soiled. However, the writing is brilliant.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    john CALDICOT, United Kingdom 18/01/2014
    john CALDICOT, United Kingdom 18/01/2014
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    "Stick with it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Narrowboat Girl the most enjoyable?

    A superb but harrowing story where you were willing for the villain to get his comupance. Her stepfather was so despicable you could almost feel yourself booing when he was around


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sheer tenacity of Maryann to sort the problem out


    Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The time when Maryann urged Joel back to good health


    Any additional comments?

    Great book with a very good follow up

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alyson Kleinhans 11/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "the narrowboat girl"

    Loved this book from start to finish upsetting in parts you get pulled in to the story and you really feel for some of them. Well worth the having.

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  • Keren
    Rockwall, TX, United States
    30/01/08
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    "Inspiring and chilling novel"

    I picked this novel originally because I love the romance of Britain's narrowboats. There is very little of that here. HOWEVER, I was pleased to find much more in this novel: a strong, well-paced story with an excellent plot line. The characters are the real pleasure here - flesh and blood characters that embody strength as well as weakness so are familiar and believable. Even the "good" and "evil" characters are humanized in that way. Some aspects of the story are chilling - the impact of sexual abuse especially - in part because they are accurately portrayed. Readers will despair at the evil but be inspired by the good in The Narrowboat Girl.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • F.
    Langley, BC, Canada
    23/05/13
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    "The Narrowboat Girl"

    Story line good if a little depressing. Narration brought the characters to life and was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carla
    Kingwood, TX, USA
    29/05/08
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    "a girls book"

    This book kept my attention - made me root for the main character. It deals with sex abuse (not a light subject), but it was worth the ending. I recommend it.

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