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A Shilling for a Wife

Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Shilling for a Wife by Emma Hornby, read by Penelope Freeman.

Sally Swann thought life couldn't get much worse. Then a single coin changed hands.

A dismal cottage in the heart of Bolton, Lancashire, has been Sally's prison since Joseph Goden 'bought' her from the workhouse as his wife. A drunkard and bully, Joseph rules her with a rod of iron, using fists and threats to keep her in check.

When Sally gives birth, however, she knows she must do anything to save her child from her husband's clutches. She manages to escape and, taking her baby, flees for the belching chimneys of Manchester, in search of her only relative.

But with the threat of discovery by Joseph, who will stop at nothing to find her, Sally must fight with every ounce of strength she has to protect herself and her son and finally be with the man who truly loves her. For a fresh start does not come without a price....

A Shilling for a Wife is powerful, absorbing storytelling that is perfect for fans of sagas by Dilly Court, Rosie Goodwin and Maggie Hope.

©2016 Emma Hornby (P)2017 Random House

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excellent read strong story lines

loved it more please from this author .
lots of twists and Turns
I shall enjoy reading this book again



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Beautiful story

I came across this book after hours of trawling through looking for something new. As soon as I read the description I was hooked. Growing up and still living in Bolton myself I was able to visualise the scenery and It really made me think about this town differently, I now appreciate the history more and am keen to do some research. This book felt quite personal to me. The storyline is beautiful, very dark at times but a reminder of the value friendship holds - and the kindness of strangers. And being able to pick yourself back on and move forward despite the hardships. The narration was brilliant also and I’m usually quite fussy. Thank you Emma for this lovely story. It’s definitely a new favourite of mine. Lizzie (from horwich)

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  • Ruth
  • Norway
  • 24-10-17

depressing but in the end good

Great characters. You will really hope the best for all the good characters. But the time when this story is happenyng is really depressing. Bretty hoples life if you did not born rich.

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Beautiful story with twists & turns

I've loved this story , I've never listened to a book that's taken me into the lives of those in the story where I can't stop listening (till early hrs). The fight of Sally & hurt she endures is gut wrenching yet the true friends she finds help give her hope. The narrator is fab , bringing people to life & keeping you involved.. I can't wait for more books by this author .

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dog walker sussex

story good with predictable ending. narrator amazing, she brought it to life. favourite female reader.

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Great book

Great book exciting, had me on the edge of my seat fab fab and fab

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Loved it!

I was a bit doubtful as to whether I would like this, given the violence that is part of the story, but it was a truly great listen. I also got involved with the characters and unlike some stories, I never lost track of one of them. It’s a book you just cannot stop listening to. Excellently narrated by Penelope Freeman and perfectly written by Emma Hornby, thank you I can’t wait to find another!

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  • Adele
  • Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
  • 28-01-19

Loved it

A beautifully written and really engaging storyline. Expertly brought to life as usual by Penelope Freeman.

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Enjoyed it

This audible book was asked for by my disabled wife. She is a Parkinson's disease sufferer and can no longer hold a written book.
She found the story most engaging and although she took a long time to finish the story, it was because she kept falling asleep whilst the book played on, not through boredom but rather her condition. As a result, her Fire tablet had to be recharged daily so she could continue again later.
Tonight she is starting Emma's next book and looking forward to the experience.

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Fantastic

Gripping from the start just couldn’t stop reading each chapter had me enthralled can’t wait to read her next book

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  • Annie
  • 02-11-17

How much can a person endure??

Some of the story made me cringe, but I know there are women and girls that have and are still enduring the subject matter! We tend to romanticize the 'olden days' This book gives you some insight into the day to day living of the less privileged in society.

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  • Karen
  • 12-06-19

Easy Listen

Enjoyed this book. Sometimes predictable but worked its way out. Narrated perfectly.. Would definitely recommend.