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The Woman Who Left : Jealousy is a force to be reckoned with - Josephine Cox

The Woman Who Left

Jealousy is a force to be reckoned with

Paperback Published: 11th April 2002
ISBN: 9780747266341
Number Of Pages: 448

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Louise and Ben Hunter's loving marriage is marred only by their unfulfilled longing for a child. Living and working with Ben's father, Ronnie, they are quietly contented. But when Ronnie dies, their whole world changes. Ben's lazy brother Jacob returns, convinced that he stands to inherit Ronnie's small fortune. And he means to have his brother's wife--though just as she did years before, Louise warns him off. Jacob, however, is not so easily dismissed. When he realizes Ben will inherit everything, Jacob is beside himself with rage, and commits a terrible deed, one that threatens to destroy everything his brother and Louise hold dear.

A feud between two brothers provides the theme for this readable novel, set in rural Lancashire in the 1950s. Jacob, an extremely unpleasant character who is determined to get his hands on the farm that has been in his family for generations, returns to the scene of his youth after his father's death. As the eldest, he expects to inherit and is furious when he discovers the land and house has been left to his younger brother, Ben, who had continued to farm with this father. To obtain what he considers is his by right, the elder brother sets in train a series of events that lead to tragedy for most of the characters involved. Desperate to get his hands on not only the house and land but also his brother's wife, he lies and cheats his way through to his goal, leaving a trail of disaster in his wake. He appears to have no redeeming features and the reader feels great sympathy for his widowed mother and for the other characters who get in his way. Sal, the grieving widow, is sympathetically portrayed. She is a strong character who stands by her delightful daughter-in-law, Louise, but is powerless to help her in her times of trouble. The contrast between Jacob and and Ben is sharply drawn and the dialect used by the characters helps to bring them to life. The plot moves swiftly and although some of the events are unpleasant there is no gratuitous violence involved. This is an exciting and enjoyable read. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780747266341
ISBN-10: 0747266344
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 11th April 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.2 x 11.1  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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