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Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Shilling for a Wife by Emma Hornby, read by Penelope Freeman.

Sally Swann thought life couldn't get much worse. Then a single coin changed hands.

A dismal cottage in the heart of Bolton, Lancashire, has been Sally's prison since Joseph Goden 'bought' her from the workhouse as his wife. A drunkard and bully, Joseph rules her with a rod of iron, using fists and threats to keep her in check.

When Sally gives birth, however, she knows she must do anything to save her child from her husband's clutches. She manages to escape and, taking her baby, flees for the belching chimneys of Manchester, in search of her only relative.

But with the threat of discovery by Joseph, who will stop at nothing to find her, Sally must fight with every ounce of strength she has to protect herself and her son and finally be with the man who truly loves her. For a fresh start does not come without a price....

A Shilling for a Wife is powerful, absorbing storytelling that is perfect for fans of sagas by Dilly Court, Rosie Goodwin and Maggie Hope.

©2016 Emma Hornby (P)2017 Random House

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How much can a person endure??

Some of the story made me cringe, but I know there are women and girls that have and are still enduring the subject matter! We tend to romanticize the 'olden days' This book gives you some insight into the day to day living of the less privileged in society.

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  • wendy
  • 09-10-17

excellent read strong story lines

loved it more please from this author .
lots of twists and Turns
I shall enjoy reading this book again



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  • Lizzie
  • 11-24-17

Beautiful story

I came across this book after hours of trawling through looking for something new. As soon as I read the description I was hooked. Growing up and still living in Bolton myself I was able to visualise the scenery and It really made me think about this town differently, I now appreciate the history more and am keen to do some research. This book felt quite personal to me. The storyline is beautiful, very dark at times but a reminder of the value friendship holds - and the kindness of strangers. And being able to pick yourself back on and move forward despite the hardships. The narration was brilliant also and I’m usually quite fussy. Thank you Emma for this lovely story. It’s definitely a new favourite of mine. Lizzie (from horwich)

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  • Ruth
  • 10-24-17

depressing but in the end good

Great characters. You will really hope the best for all the good characters. But the time when this story is happenyng is really depressing. Bretty hoples life if you did not born rich.

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  • madmam
  • 10-10-17

Beautiful story with twists & turns

I've loved this story , I've never listened to a book that's taken me into the lives of those in the story where I can't stop listening (till early hrs). The fight of Sally & hurt she endures is gut wrenching yet the true friends she finds help give her hope. The narrator is fab , bringing people to life & keeping you involved.. I can't wait for more books by this author .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-17

dog walker sussex

story good with predictable ending. narrator amazing, she brought it to life. favourite female reader.

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  • Christine
  • 09-22-18

Very tense loved it.

Liked the story and the narrator loved the ending.
I look forward to more from this author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-18

couldn't put it down

A really good and heart renching book. the narrator really gets you gripped. would recommend

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 08-26-18

Breathtaking

This story had my nerves on edge for the whole time , I didn't know what to expect from one chapter to the next, so many things happened, but the end result was indeed stupendous

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  • julie Anne
  • 08-20-18

fab !

lovely story filled with sadness, joy and laughter. I felt I was living the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-18

fantastic i loved this book such emotion

loved it from start to finish so much fitted in an flowed so well thank you