The Desert Crop

The Desert Crop

Large Print - 1999
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In 19th-century England, widower Hector and his distant relative Moira enter into a marriage of convenience. Both have been led to believe that the other is well heeled when in fact, they are both without resources. Though the marriage works well enough at first, eventually it leads to a horrifying act of violence - a shocking tragedy that unexpectedly frees a young man to pursue the love and happiness he once thought could never be his.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 1999, c1997.
ISBN: 9780786218301
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Cook
Characteristics: 482 p. ; 22cm.


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Feb 19, 2016

As usual, the late and overwhelmingly talented, Mrs. Catherine Cookson does not disappoint. The Desert Crop is the telling of a story so utterly rich and vivid in characters, plot, surprises, intrigue, tragedy and humor that one is completely transported...and, as I read the last line in the book, I was actually quite aware how sad I felt to have to say 'goodbye' to the wondrous world I had visited. As dramatic as that may read, it is the gospel truth. A Catherine Cookson novel and/or film (yes, some of her most memorable tales have been made into (British) films -'The Fifteenth Street' is an absolutely marvelous novel/film and there are many more -am sure the library has one or two or more!) affects like no magic I have ever seen or heard of - I do not exaggerate when I state .."It will change the way you feel / think...if not for always, most definitely, for a time." By the by, if you do not know of her work(s), do yourself a favor...grap ANY Catherine Cookson novel, your favorite cup of tea (chocolate too, of course, or better still -a scone with lots of Irish butter and jam!) and go to it...time's a wastin'! -you can thank me later. Peace. M.M.


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