The chance of a new life opens up when she befriends Joel Batholomew, who works on the canal. Aboard his narrowboat, she finds herself falling in love with her new life. Then Joel's feelings for Maryann begin to change, awakening all the old nightmares that she had long thought buried. The Narrowboat Girl is warm-hearted storytelling at its very best, and a testament to the overwhelming power of true love and its ability to overcome suffering.
©2001 Annie Murray; (P)2001 Soundings
I picked this novel originally because I love the romance of Britain's narrowboats. There is very little of that here. HOWEVER, I was pleased to find much more in this novel: a strong, well-paced story with an excellent plot line. The characters are the real pleasure here - flesh and blood characters that embody strength as well as weakness so are familiar and believable. Even the "good" and "evil" characters are humanized in that way. Some aspects of the story are chilling - the impact of sexual abuse especially - in part because they are accurately portrayed. Readers will despair at the evil but be inspired by the good in The Narrowboat Girl.
This book kept my attention - made me root for the main character. It deals with sex abuse (not a light subject), but it was worth the ending. I recommend it.
"very upsetting but excellent writing"
i didnt like this, the content is disturbing and i felt soiled. However, the writing is brilliant.
"Stick with it"
A superb but harrowing story where you were willing for the villain to get his comupance. Her stepfather was so despicable you could almost feel yourself booing when he was around
The sheer tenacity of Maryann to sort the problem out
The time when Maryann urged Joel back to good health
Great book with a very good follow up
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