Molly Gibson lost her mother when she was a child. Any stepmother would have been a shock, but the new Mrs Gibson is a self-absorbed, silly little widow, and Molly's unhappiness is compounded by the realisation that her father has come to regret his second marriage.
"Superb! Story and Narration A++"
When her father remarries, the honest, innocent Molly Gibson suddenly finds herself with a new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, worldly and impetuous. This would be more than enough to deal with, but the new wife is the deeply snobbish (and darkly secretive) Hyacinth. Thwarted love, scheming ambition and small-town gossip underlie the warmth, irony and brilliant social observation which link the relationships and the inevitable conflicts as profound change comes to rural England.
"A Masterpiece - I LOVE THIS BOOK!"
Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons.
"This is a great book"
The Handfasted Wife is the story of the Norman Conquest from the perspective of Edith (Elditha) Swanneck, Harold's common-law wife. She is set aside for a political marriage when Harold becomes king in 1066. Determined to protect her children's destinies and control her economic future, she is taken to William's camp when her estate is sacked on the eve of the Battle of Hastings. She later identifies Harold's body on the battlefield, and her youngest son becomes a Norman hostage.
"did not grab my attention"
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Elizabeth Gaskell's classic novel of everyday provincial life in the 1820s, ‘Wives and Daughters’, first broadcast in the ‘Woman’s Hour Drama’ slots from 29 November 2010 - 10 December 2010.‘Wives and Daughters’ was written in the 1860s and serialised in the Cornhill Magazine. It is set in the 1820s and deals to a large extent with the position of women in society.
The enduring question has been: "Where did Cain get his wife?" The churches have not given an acceptable answer to this question. Their inability to answer this question creates great doubt as to the accuracy of the Bible. More and more Christians are giving up on defending the Bible. It is vitally important for Christians to be able to answer this question because it relates to defending the fact that all humans are descendants of Adam and Eve, and only their descendants can be saved. Cain's wife has been talked about in countries all over the world for hundreds of years.
"Too hard to swallow"
Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly’s life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow, and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister, Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia’s love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford - and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with.
A mixture of poignant biography and marvelously entertaining social history, this is the story of diplomatic life as it has never been told before, seen through the eyes of the wives, daughters, and sisters who accompanied their men to the far corners of the globe.
"Daughters of Britannia"
Selling My Virgin Step Daughter to the Neighbor: The Impregnated Sex Slave, Who Became a Wife tells the story of a stepfather who has a debt to repay to his very impatient neighbor. As the neighbor demands payment immediately, the only thing around that can satisfy the neighbor, and the stepfather's debt, is his 18-year-old virgin stepdaughter. He trades her away to the impatient neighbor so his debt can be satisfied and he can go on with his life. However, his stepdaughter begins a wild new adventure of sexual servitude and baby making.
Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.
"It's not about the ending!"
John Lavey's relationship with his wife changed dramatically upon the arrival of his daughter. Hear how brand new parents learn to adapt in this live story from That Time of the Month, recorded in Nashville, TN.
After her husband's death, Gina Melrose becomes a "live-aboard" on his boat. Docked at a marina, she settles into a strange, borrowed existence. But this stillness is shattered when Ben's ex-wife, Reese, arrives with her daughter: an enigmatic little girl called Angel. After a bad start, Gina realizes that she's drawn to them. As pain and joy re-enter her world, Gina takes tentative steps towards the land of the living. This poignant novel explores the resilience of hope and the meaning of family.
From its early days in the 1920s, hardboiled crime fiction has been dominated by male writers. But throughout the 20th century, female writers like Shirley Jackson, Dorothy B. Hughes, and Joyce Harrington put their distinctive stamp on fiction’s seamy underbelly. Editor Sarah Weinman talks with Bob about these writers and her new anthology Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense.