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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599982625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599982625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,040,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne Whitfield is an Australian author, married with three children. Her passions, apart from writing historical fiction and contemporary novels and short stories, are reading medieval novels, collecting Victorian diaries, roaming historical sites, buying books and gardening. Visit Anne's website at www.annewhitfield.com.

More About the Author

Anne Brear/Anne Whitfield's passions, apart from writing, are reading, researching, genealogy, collecting Victorian diaries, roaming historical sites, buying books and gardening. She is an author of historical women's fiction, contemporary romance and several short stories.
For more about Anne Whitfield and her books visit her website -http://annebrear.blogspot.com
Published novels:
Writing as Anne Brear:
A Noble Place.
To Take Her Pride.
The Gentle Wind's Caress.
The Day Embroidered.
Writing as Anne Whitfield:
The House Of Women.
To Gain What's Lost.
Long Distance Love.
Broken Hero.
Hooked On You.
The Right Man, short story.
New Beginnings: short story anthology.
What He Taught Her, short story.

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It took me two hours to read and I like this!
Kelly McLean
She also reacted realistically to events, family disappointments, love and tragedy.
Gerri Bowen
This is a heart warming story of family ties and love.
Abe F. March

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerri Bowen on February 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kitty McKenzie is a delightful, heartwarming story which begins in the year 1864. Kitty, as well as her brothers and sisters are left penniless and homeless when their parents die. The family situation, going from servants and large house to hunger and fending for themselves is poignantly portrayed by the author as Kitty takes on the responsibility of caring for all. York, England is the locale--the poor area which is where Kitty and her siblings must now live. How Kitty manages to survive, keeping her family together, being parent and breadwinner engages the reader from the beginning. The author's knowledge of the era and her skill with words made me feel their cold, hunger, and disgust at their surroundings. I kept thinking about Dickens.

What I liked most about the story was Kitty's spirit, how she chose to improve her situation, time and time again, instead of whining and crying against fate. She also reacted realistically to events, family disappointments, love and tragedy.

Anne Whitfield has written a very good story, one I highly recommend. I look forward to the sequel, Kitty McKenzie's Land.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Katherine "Kitty" McKenzie was only twenty-one when she lost her parents and a sister to typhoid. Suddenly, she has six other siblings dependent upon her to take care of them. It's not an easy task facing her. Not only is what's left of her family is in deep morning, she learns that she has no money; her parents were in debt and hadn't made any plans to see their children cared for in the event of their deaths. The carefree, secure life they had is no longer an option.

Kitty is forced to sell their home and all their worldly goods just to keep the family together. Through hard work, she rises from a clerk in a clothes stall to eventually opening her own teashop. Along the battle to see her siblings cared for, she makes friends with Max and Connie Spenser, who try to support Kitty. Even with Kitty falls in love with Ben Kingsley, the romance is not troublefree, bringing Kitty even more decisions.

A fresh voice, Australia's Anne Whitfield brings life to this tale of a woman's perseverance, of her discovering she is stronger than she ever knew. It's a gentle story of woman's struggle to keep life at bay, while holding true to her brothers and sisters. The writing is sharp, and pulls the reader into the story, makes them care. Obviously, there will be another book dealing with Kitty's journey to Australia. I eagerly look forward to it and more from this talented writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abe F. March on January 20, 2008
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Kitty McKenzie may have been a slow start for me but picked up speed rapidly. This is a heart warming story of family ties and love. It tugs at the heart and makes me wish I could have known Kitty McKenzie in real life.
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What is the 21 year old daughter of a country doctor and his socialite wife going to do when both parents die along with a younger sister and leave her destitute with six Siblings! Set in York England 1864 Kitty McKenzie is the story of this young woman's struggle to keep her young family together and thriving in the dusky streets of England. Rory is the eldest sibling at 18, Martin is 16, Mary is 15, Joe is 10, Clara is 8 and Rosie the baby is 2. Kitty has loyalty and love in abundance for her siblings and is not afraid of hard work! She shows great charachter as she fights to keep her family together in almost unbearable conditions.

The story sees them thrust into the depths of poverty from the heady heights of the landed gentry, no home, very little money and no less than six mouths to feed! What does Kitty do? Finds them somewhere to live! A cellar in the city of York. It is at this stage she meets Connie and Max who eventually become the best allies and friends that Kitty could have. The young family strive hard and make the cellar their home. The eldest of the brothers - Rory leaves Kitty heartbroken when he refuses to live in a cellar and leaves looking for finer pastures. Max gets Martin a job on the wharves with him whilst Kitty eventually gets a job in the rag trade, selling second hand clothes in a street market for a sick elderley woman, Martha.

Kitty's first stroke of good luck comes from her support of the dowager. The old lady sees Kitty's business acumen as she watches her business grow and when she dies, she leaves everything to Kitty in her will. This brings Kitty to meet Benjamin Kingsley son of wealthy landowners and executor of Martha's will.
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By Mary on February 29, 2012
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This was a very good story. One of the first i bought for my KindleFire.
There is a second story i also bought and was good.
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