Verity Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 1981
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This book combines the historical perspectives of all classes during the turmoil in Britain as the textile factories came into existence in the late 1800s. The book delves into political, cultural, and class separatism and discrimination issues. It offers a unique balance of history with fiction to create a compelling story of a woman's personal struggle to transcend the class barrier.
The story centers around Verity; who is a great heiress to a fortune in the textile trade at the age of 16; and her arranged marriage to her handsome cousin Joel Barforth. As Joel works towards making millions out of the mills that Verity provided him on their marriage; Verity is forced to make her own life. Veritys and Joels marriage is no love match; it is more or less a business arrangement. But as Verity grows older, she refuses to accept the conventions of her day which say 'love thy husband and home and hearth' and decides to make a path in life of her own. She is aware that her own husband does not love her; he married her for the mills; so she meets, and falls in love, with someone who is the exact opposite of her own husband.
So begins an excellent tale of the Barforths and how they cope with different crises'. And if anyone is put off by my introduction of the book, I urge you to read on because it has a satisfying ending.