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In the segregated South of the mid-1900s, 14-year-old Nell bears witness to a world that embraces the oppression of women. She is fascinated with the prospect of being an independent person - but when she turns 16, she is married off and brought to the city of Boston as a bride.

Nell is a shy girl who must quickly learn how to be a wife and mother. She quickly discovers that she must acquire new skills to navigate the unknown territory of the North, as well as her relationship with her husband, Henry, who is controlling and emotionally abusive. After giving birth to three children, her body begins to fail her, and Henry, concerned for her health, pulls away from her physically. But this void of intimacy drives Nell into the arms of another man.

It’s through her encounter with Charles in the church kitchen, at the point when she is most vulnerable, that Nell finds escape from her depressed life with Henry. The cost, though, is another pregnancy. When Charles finds out the baby is his, at first it appears he plans to leave Nell; ultimately, however, his love for her brings him back.

©2021 Jennifer Smith Turner (P)2021 OrangeSky Audio

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Great Novel!

This was my first time listening to a novel by this author or narrator. It did not disappoint! I loved how Nell transformed in the book with all the challenges she had going against her. She definitely overcame some difficult situations and life circumstances. Great Read!

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Child bride

Loved it. Would recommend it every sixteen year old male and female. There is can be a very valuable lesson to learn.

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Wonderfully written

This book was beautifully written. I enjoyed the story and how you were taken back in time to experience all the main character lived through. I loved how she described everything so you could imagine it. Great book!

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Wrong title

The book was ok. I did feel like the title was wrong. Nell was 16 years old when she married. In that time, people got married around that age. Now the husband, appeared to really want a family.. I was surprised the way the book ended. Overall it was good book. 😊