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The Brewer's Tale : MIRA Regular S. - Karen Brooks

The Brewer's Tale

MIRA Regular S.

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It had been Mother's secret and mine, one passed down through the de Winter women for generations. I would ensure it was kept that way, until I was ready to pass it on. When Anneke Sheldrake is forced to find a way to support her family after her father is lost at sea, she turns to the business by which her mother's family once prospered: brewing ale.

Armed with her Dutch mother's recipes and a belief that anything would be better than the life her vindictive cousin has offered her, she makes a deal with her father's aristocratic employer: Anneke has six months to succeed or not only will she lose the house but her family as well. Through her enterprise and determination, she inadvertently earns herself a deadly enemy.

Threatened and held in contempt by those she once called friends, Anneke nonetheless thrives. But on the tail of success, tragedy follows and those closest to her pay the greatest price for her daring. Ashamed, grieving, and bearing a terrible secret, Anneke flees to London, determined to forge her own destiny. Will she be able to escape her past, and those whose only desire is to see her fail? A compelling insight into the brewer's craft, the strength of women, and the myriad forms love can take.

About the Author

Karen Brooks is the author of nine books, an academic of more than twenty-years experience, a newspaper columnist and social commentator, and has appeared regularly on national TV and radio. Before turning to academia, she was an army officer for five years and prior to that, dabbled in acting. For some reason, all her career choices started with “A”: acting, army, academic and author. She lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

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The Brewer's Tale just leapt into my top 5 favourite book list! Karen's research and eloquent writing style, throws you head first into 15th Century England and takes you on a ride bursting with tragedy, treachery, endurance and love. When Anneke is orphaned, she decides the only way she can make money is to brew ale using her mother's family recipes. Anneke hopes brewing will provide enough money so she, her siblings and loyal staff can remain in the family home. If Anneke is to succeed as a single woman brewer, she and everyone in her life will have to face many deadly enemies. Not only is it an intensely good read, The Brewer's Tale is brimming with well researched facts, making me thirst not only for a beer but for more history and stories from that era. The Brewer's Tale will appeal to women and men of all ages.



The Brewer's Tale

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ISBN: 9781743568675
ISBN-10: 1743568673
Series: MIRA Regular S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 620
Published: 1st October 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 23.3  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.8

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