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Maryann Nelson's widowed mother, Flo, sees the opportunity to better her family by marrying the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Maryann and her sister, Sal, soon discover that he has another side to him. For Sal, it is too much to bear and she escapes, leaving Maryann to take revenge on Norman Griffin.

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

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Inspiring and chilling novel

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.

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  • F.
  • Langley, BC, Canada
  • 05-23-13

The Narrowboat Girl

Story line good if a little depressing. Narration brought the characters to life and was excellent.

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a girls book

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.

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  • Elaine
  • 03-17-10

very upsetting but excellent writing

i didnt like this, the content is disturbing and i felt soiled. However, the writing is brilliant.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-18-14

Stick with it

What made the experience of listening to The Narrowboat Girl the most enjoyable?

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

What did you like best about this story?

The sheer tenacity of Maryann to sort the problem out

Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The time when Maryann urged Joel back to good health

Any additional comments?

Great book with a very good follow up

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  • Amber
  • 08-20-18

Not to be missed

This story can sometimes be hard to listen to bringing home the relaity of child abuse and how back then it was even harder to address but the story had its happy points as well. As usual Annie Adlington gave a fantastic performance.

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  • Alyson Kleinhans
  • 06-11-16

the narrowboat girl

Loved this book from start to finish upsetting in parts you get pulled in to the story and you really feel for some of them. Well worth the having.