- File Size: 1484 KB
- Print Length: 480 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (January 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010PIF8KS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sisters on Bread Street Kindle Edition
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Sisters on Bread Street is set in the earlier years of the twentieth century in working class Leeds where poverty was rife and commonplace, money was scarce, starvation a regular occurrence and jobs few and far between. Keeping the wolf from the door and a roof above one’s head was a challenge that became increasingly difficult as the years went by and the gathering clouds of the First World War approached at an alarming rate – and nobody knows this better than Julia Wood and her family. The daughter of a German-Jewish father, Julia might’ve grown up surrounded by her parents’ love and affection, but she had quickly realised that the tolerance and respect which her parents had instilled in her at a very young age was not so easily replicated outside of the four walls of her own house. With her father a frequent victim of prejudice and xenophobia, Julia had to grow up fast and learn to look after herself. With her mother having passed away, her father having lost his job at the butcher’s and opportunities for advancement being limited, the burden of responsibility lies heavily upon her shoulder, but Julia is determined to do her utmost for her family – even if it means putting her own happiness on the back burner.
Julia’s sister Margaret, however, is nowhere near as selfless. Beautiful, self-absorbed and avaricious, Margaret yearns for the day she can escape the stifling confines of life on Bread Street and dreams of one day becoming rich and not living in abject poverty. An apprentice miller who turns her nose up at helping Julia and her father with their pie-making business, she is constantly on the look out for a way of escaping the daily grind. When Margaret catches the eye of Thomas, the son of a rich journalist, she thinks that she is one step closer to achieving her goal of leaving the grinding poverty behind for the life she has always deserved, but does fate have other ideas in store for her?
Will Julia and Margaret ever find the happiness which they have been searching for for most of their lives? Or will they lose everything which they’ve come to hold dear to their heart as the First World War puts everyone’s life at risk?
Frances Brody is an outstanding storyteller who has this fantastic gift of making the past come to vivid and exciting life. Dramatic, emotional and absolutely impossible to resist, Sisters on Bread Street is a compelling, believable and heartwarming saga that once I started, I couldn’t bear to put down. Frances Brody writes with bold and evocative colours and you can feel all the emotions which her characters go through as they battle prejudice, hunger and adversity whilst not letting circumstance vanquish their spirit.
A stellar saga from a writer who is in full control of her storytelling powers, Sisters on Bread Street is not to be missed!