By Anne Bennett
A relocating and gritty saga of loss, separation and eventually desire, set in wartime Birmingham
Agnes Sullivan is fifteen whilst her younger brother Tom unearths her inebriated and crying within the lane close to their farm. Her dancing instructor has raped her and deserted her. Aggie is compelled to depart domestic whilst she discovers she's pregnant and Tom, slightly himself, comes to a decision the instructor needs to pay for his actions.
Aggie flees to Birmingham, however the shelter she's been promised seems to be too risky to stick in. She's left with few strategies until eventually an individual she could by no means have spoken to in her former existence offers her the assistance she so desperately wishes. yet will international warfare One destroy her precarious hopes of a future?
Anne Bennett's sagas of Birmingham through the wars have gained her many fanatics, as they're packed packed with emotion, decision and authenticity. local sagas don't come any greater than this.
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Old Ellie: But we spent way too many nights trying to stay warm. We often slept under a pile of leaves by the riverbank. Old Sam: Then came one bright, clear, cold night in early January. The river had already turned to a big sheet of ice… Young Ellie: Oh, look yonder, little brother! This little river of ours runs right into a great big river! Just like the song says. Young Sam: That sure is the biggest river I ever did see! My, how all that ice glitters in the moonlight, like it’s twinkling stars.
Old Sam: I’ll never forget when we heard that old voice singing once again. Old Ellie: Me neither. Fall had come, and the leaves were gone. The days were getting right cold again. Young Sam: Listen, Ellie. It’s him! Peg Leg Joe! Young Ellie: I hear wheels turning. Young Sam: There he is, up on the road, driving his wagon along. Young Ellie: (shouting) Peg Leg Joe! Peg Leg Joe! Old Sam: He pulled his wagon to a stop. It was all loaded up with wooden furniture he’d made. Peg Leg Joe: Hush up, you fools!
Old Ellie: He snapped his reins and rode off, singing as he went. Peg Leg Joe: (singing) Where the great big river meets the little river, Follow the Drinking Gourd. For the old man is a-waiting to carry you to freedom If you follow the Drinking Gourd. Young Sam: What do we do now, Ellie? Young Ellie: Well, the song’s pretty clear. It says there’s a “little river” and a “big river,” and the two rivers meet. We’ve got to follow this little river upstream till it meets a big river. Young Sam: More walking, then!
A Daughter's Secret by Anne Bennett