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Give Us This Day: The Merthyr Rising by [Rebecca Bryn]

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'Let me say this is an exceptional read. It puts you in that moment in time. I have already alerted several people I know to it. The industrial revolution was a time of great change and upheaval. In the history of the days when men and women fought to better their lives, we can find the echoes of our present circumstances. We stand on the shoulders of those who fought and died for change. This book brings it to a visceral level. The Reverend's concern for his parishioners and for his own family. A daughter on the cusp of womanhood and the youth she loves. Well done.' Cherime Macfarlane  author of Copper River Romance series
 
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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
The secret behind Give Us This Day lies in the subtitle: The Merthyr Rising. The setting is the coal mines and ironworks of South Wales as they existed in the early nineteenth century. On one side are the wealthy mine owners and ironmasters. On the other, their poverty-stricken workers whose plight is worsened by the truck system - payment in the form of tokens, which could only be spent in shops run by their employers. Into the mix comes Reverend Evan Rees, sent by the Methodist Church to tackle "a den of iniquity and ungodliness - a hotbed of vice, disease, and violence". Rebecca Bryn's writing flows like a river in spate, carving its course through dramatic living history, making it a novel to be read and reread.

I was utterly captivated by Give Us This Day. The rest of the prayer in the title - "our daily bread" - rang in my head before I began to read. Workers, masters, politicians, and families, both real and fictional, are beautifully rounded characters - none totally wicked, and none impossibly good. Evan, the minister, finds his faith in God challenged as he attempts to mediate a peaceful solution. The battle for justice, involving actual people, is shown against a fascinating fictional "Montague and Capulet" romance. Gwenllian is the minister's daughter, and Sam is a rogue. The bad boy of Merthyr, he calls theft "the redistribution of property" and waves a bloodied red flag on the barricades. Rebecca Bryn has brought history to dramatic life!' Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

About the Author

Rebecca Bryn lives in West Wales with her husband and rescue dog, where she writes historical, mystery, and fantasy fiction and paints the fabulous Pembrokeshire coast. Her other passions include nature, walking, and gardening.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BM81S8HJ
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 1, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1679 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Rebecca lives near Britain's smallest city, St Davids, in the far west of Wales with her rescue dog, rescue husband and twenty very sheepish sheep. Surrounded by stunning coastal and moorland scenery, she also loves to paint. She inherited her love of stories from her grandfather, who told stories with his hands: stories with colourful characters and unexpected endings. Her fascination with what makes people who they are, and the belief that life is many shades of grey, informs her writing. A Native American Indian proverb reads, 'Don't judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.' Rebecca has based her life on this tenet: it is certainly core to her writing. 'We may not condone what a person does, but sometimes we can understand and maybe come to forgive.' In 2019, she won the IAN Fiction Book of the Year prize, the IAN Outstanding Historical Fiction prize, and the Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for Historical era/event Fiction.

All her books have been awarded Readers' Favorite 5-star reviews, and previews of her books can be read at https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/free-previews/

Sign up for her monthly newsletter for free short stories, recommended reading, and news at http://www.subscribepage.com/r4m2r0

The Silence of the Stones, set in mystical West Wales, is woven around injustice, perjury and revenge and delves into the damaged psyche. It was inspired by the release from prison of Angela Canning and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Touching the Wire, a story of the women of the holocaust, was awarded 'Best Historical Thriller of 2015' by Christoph Fischer, a respected histfic author, and was also awarded a Readers' Favourite 5-star review. In 2019, it was awarded a gold medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards and the 'Outstanding Historical Fiction' prize and the 'Fiction Book of the Year' prize in the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

Where Hope Dares, is a chilling story of the fight of good over evil, courage and unbreakable love, and is set in a future our present is unerringly shaping. It was voted into the 'Read Freely Top 50 Indie Books of 2015' and also gained a Readers' Favourite 5-star review.

On Different Shores, Part One of 'For Their Country's Good' is set in the 1840s and is inspired by the true story of the 'black sheep' of her family and the lives of convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land.

Part Two, Beneath Strange Stars

Part Three, On Common Ground

The Dandelion Clock, enters the world of a young man and his horse sent to fight in Egypt and Palestine in the Great War and the girl waiting at home, unsure whether the man she loves is alive or dead. Again, it is inspired by family history and chronicles the war from the viewpoint of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars and the Queen's Own Worcester Yeomanry, brigades with which her grandfather fought, and the lives of those waiting at home in England. 'Totally compelling and unmissable' was one reviewers opinion.

Kindred and Affinity In Victorian England, estranged sisters, Annie and Mary Ellen Underwood, fight for the love of one man, Edwin West. Their rivalry ignites passions, jealousies, family feuds, and deep hatreds already sparked by religious intolerance. Edwin loves them both, but both are forbidden fruit. Who will be the winners in this three-sided game, and what will be the price of a second chance at love for the losers? Another tale inspired by my family history. For lovers of Catherine Cookson.

The Chainmakers' Daughter. Set in the Black Country of England in the early 1900s. Rosie is the daughter of chainmakers and lives in abject poverty. Wages for women are atrocious even for working long hours, and she has no hope of improving her lot in life. Then she meets Mary Macarthur, a socialist reformer, who inspires her to join the women's fight against their chain masters and strike for more pay. An ill-considered liaison with the chain master's son threatens to jeopardise her fight, her relationship with the man she loves, and could see her dangling from the gallows. Can the women workers fight the chain master and win?

Interviews with Rebecca, giving an insight into her life and work can be seen at http://www.authoryellehughes.com/?page_id=6169

and https://goo.gle/lbgBXK and yet another at

https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/welsh-wednesdays-interview-with-rebecca-bryn/

Do read some of Rebecca's reviews on the book purchase pages and read the samples in the 'look inside'. 'I've been blown away and humbled by the comments my reviewers have made, so thank you all for your fabulous words: they mean so much.' - Rebecca Bryn

THE SILENCE OF THE STONES

Two-year-old Saffy is the child of rape Alana can't love. Tony is the ex-lover Alana walked out on. Nerys was imprisoned for 30 years for a crime of child-murder and released into a world for which she's ill-fitted. Rhiannon vows revenge on the twelve who perjured themselves to put Nerys away. Greg is a busker, adopted and searching for his birth-mother, and Maddy is an investigative journalist with her own agenda. Mix these together, stir in abduction, murder, arson, betrayal and love, and the explosion was always going to be catastrophic. http://mybook.to/SilenceoftheStones

TOUCHING THE WIRE

In a Nazi death-camp in Poland, Chuck (aka Walt) and Miriam, young medics, struggle to save lives while both facing death daily as they join the camp resistance - sabotage means execution. At liberation, Chuck steals evidence and makes a promise to Miriam. Hope turns to despair as they are separated.

Will he find her again, will he keep his promise, will the secrets he fears he will take to his grave ever be told to the world? Only his granddaughter, Charlotte can uncover the truth now and keep her grandfather's promise.

http://mybook.to/TouchingtheWire

WHERE HOPE DARES

If it can be imagined, it can be achieved: man will go where hope dares. Abe has a secret agenda decreed by a long-dead pope. When Kiya, a young healer under his protection, is kidnapped to fulfil an ancient prophecy, he and Raphel, Kiya's storyteller husband, set out on a 1000-mile journey to rescue her with only hope and a headful of stories to aid them. Help comes form where it is least expected, but who can they trust? Friend or foe? Available now at http://getbook.at/WhereHopeDares

READERS' FAVORITE 5-STAR EDITORICAL REVIEW

'Rebecca Bryn’s Where Hope Dares is an optimistic dystopian story of courage, hope and unbreakable love. Set five millennia in the future, in a time of war and political turmoil believed by some to herald the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Kiya, a naïve village healer, is kidnapped to fulfil an ancient prophecy and marched over the High Atlas Mountains to the stronghold of Velik, a power-crazed high priest. Raphel, her storyteller husband, is determined to bring her home. He looks to his old friend, Abe, for help, but can he trust him? Abe is a member of a secret brotherhood and has his own agenda concerning the Son of God. The unlikely and only alternative source of assistance is Alaric, the vicious murderer who raped and abducted his wife.

Where Hope Dares demonstrates that Rebecca Bryn is a writer of considerable talent. Every character, important or minor, is well-drawn and believable: no mean feat when gentle Raphel must dig deep for courage and egotistical Alaric is challenged to change the beliefs of a lifetime. The reader is gripped from the moment Abe, presented as a poor peddler, comes across a brutal parody of Christ’s crucifixion. His words, “My God, why? Strike me! The fault is mine not theirs,” echo Christ’s own words, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” with a clarity that jumps from the page. Feelings are only part of the attraction of this book. It is jam-packed with action, from wild horseback gallops to a ship in grave danger when it is fog-bound at sea. For readers interested in the ecological scenario against which Where Hope Dares is set, there is an excellent Afterword by Philip Stephen Knight BSc.'

ON DIFFERENT SHORES (For Their Country's Good Book One)

Found guilty of killing Lord Northampton's gamekeeper, a young poacher is transported to Van Diemen's Land, for life, leaving behind the common-law wife he loves. Pregnant and penniless, she faces the appalling lack of rights for women in Victorian England. While he suffers disease and the deprivations of a brutal life in chains, she is determined her child will know its father, so embarks on a dangerous endeavour to follow her lover across the globe. Will the cost prove too high, for her and all those she loves?

http://mybook.to/OnDifferentShores also available as a box set.

READERS' FAVORITE 5-STAR EDITORIAL REVIEW

On Different Shores by Rebecca Bryn opens in a country rectory in Victorian England, where Ella has been sent after being caught sharing a kiss with her employer’s son. Whilst Reverend Buchanan seeks a suitable husband for his dowerless protégé, Ella falls in love with Jem, a poor poacher. Pregnant with Jem’s child, she flees her loveless marriage to farmer’s son, Harry, and becomes Jem’s common-law wife. Jem is found guilty of the manslaughter of a gamekeeper. Lucky to escape hanging, he is transported to Van Diemen’s Land for life. Ella refuses to forget him, determined that their child shall know its father. Can Ella raise the money to follow her lover? Will Jem survive the perilous sea journey, manacled in chains?

On Different Shores is a powerful, character-driven, story of a young couple and their ill-fated love. Rebecca Bryn has gone a step further than any “Romeo and Juliet” tale by setting it in Victorian times. Women had no rights whatever, but Ella defies convention, earning money any way she can, and giving birth to Jem’s son, resolute in her intention to escape Harry. Will she be defeated by Harry’s single-minded passion to father a son of his own? If she escapes, can she endure crossing the globe with a toddler? Ella will move readers to tears, and to fury; she lives. All Ms Bryn’s characters, the good, the bad, and the ugly, live. On Different Shores is a brilliant historical novel that takes the reader wherever Ella and Jem lead. - Readers' Favorite 5-star review.

Available at:

http://mybook.to/OnDifferentShores

http://mybook.to/BeneathStrangeStars

http://mybook.to/OnCommonGround

http://mybook.to/FTCGboxset

THE DANDELION CLOCK Bill is a young boot-last maker who is sent with his horse Copper to fight in Egypt and Palestine in WW1 and survives the horror of Gallipoli. Meanwhile his sweetheart, Florrie, to whom he has promised marriage, struggles to raise her siblings at home in England. War changes everything. Can their love survive the horror of war and five years apart? He loves me - he love me not?

http://mybook.to/DandelionClock

KINDRED AND AFFINITY In Victorian England, estranged sisters, Annie and Mary Ellen Underwood, fight for the love of one man, Edwin West. Their rivalry ignites passions, jealousies, family feuds, and deep hatreds already sparked by religious intolerance. Edwin loves them both, but both are forbidden fruit. Who will be the winners in this three-sided game, and what will be the price of a second chance at love for the losers? For lovers of Catherine Cookson.

http://mybook.at/KindredandAffinity

THE CHAINMAKERS' DAUGHTER Set in the Black Country of England in the early 1900s. Rosie is the daughter of chainmakers and lives in abject poverty. Wages for women are atrocious even for working long hours, and she has no hope of improving her lot in life. Then she meets Mary Macarthur, a socialist reformer, who inspires her to join the women's fight against their chain masters and strike for more pay. An ill-considered liaison with the chain master's son threatens to jeopardise her fight, her relationship with the man she loves, and could see her dangling from the gallows. Can the women workers fight the chain master and win?

http://mybook.to/ChainmakersDaughter

Short stories: Rebecca is honoured to have had a short story, Ooh, Air Margrit, accepted for a charity anthology of very talented Indie authors. The anthology is called You're Not Alone and is the brainchild of Ian D Moore. He wanted to do something to help the wonderful Macmillan cancer nurses who supported a friend during her illness. The theme of the anthology is relationships, and some of the stories are funny, some moving and some thought-provoking. All are brilliant.

The anthology is available to pre-order at http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth

All royalties go to the Pamela Winton Fund to support Macmillan cancer nurses; order it now and support this great cause. Another anthology for the same cause, with the theme 'freedom' is planned for 2017.

https://rebeccabrynblog.wordpress.com

message at www.facebook.com/rebecca.bryn.novels

or tweet her at www.twitter.com/rebeccabryn1

More about her books at www.independentauthornetwork.com/rebecca-bryn

And for a taster for the anthology go to www.independentauthornetwork.com/rebecca-bryn click on and read her short story 'Ooh, Air Margrit'. It's embarrassingly true!

Another short story,' The Moral of this Story is...' can also be read free at http://readersgazette.com/promote/stories/39

And please, please follow me on Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rebecca-bryn-5527e97a-146a-49e7-95c7-a30b0f603c80 Thank you so much - Rebecca.

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