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Kitty McKenzie Paperback – September 19, 2006
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
There is a second story i also bought and was good.