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Publisher's Summary

Sarah Foster's parents have been fighting a constant battle with poverty, disease and crime. When her father, Will, is involved in a terrible accident at work, their lives became even harder.

But Will's good deeds of the past pay off as John Rayner decides to rescue the Fosters. John provides them with work and a house on the estate owned by his wealthy family. It is at this new home on the crumbling coastline of Holderness that Sarah is born - and grows into a bright and beautiful girl and a great source of strength to those around her.

As John grows closer to Sarah, he becomes increasingly aware of his love for her. But could these two very different people ever make their love story truly work?

If you enjoy books by Katie Flynn and Dilly Court, you'll love Val's heartwarming stories of triumph over adversity.

©2011 Valerie Wood (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Loved it!

Just discovered Val Wood and so far she's excellent!
Ann Dover as a narrator completes the lovely story!

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  • Tinka&skye
  • 06-19-16

The Hungry Tide

Interesting book about the poverty people suffered, also shows that poverty does not mean dirty squalid conditions. Women had children the eldest looking after the young ones while fathers were away on boats for months on end. Mothers going to work each morning to survive. Even back then the working class had to be bringing in two wages to survive. Some masters were better than others, there was and still is a the, and is atitude.
There is struggle tragedy, love and inequality , makes it a very interesting read contrasting squalor to opulence. Even shows a desperate honest man, and the depth he would sink to care for iOS children.
I found it amusing how low they will stoop to make sure of ones place in society.
Very good read and will read more books by this autthour in the future.

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  • Mrs. L. Symonds
  • 05-22-16

Brilliantly read

Could not have read this as a book as very drawn out in places and I would have lost interest. However, well worth listening to. Anne Dover is an excellent reader; so good with voices and accents that it's almost like listening to a play on the radio.

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  • Santessa
  • 02-16-18

Became very long winded and boring

I usually thoroughly enjoy reading Val Wood and I love the narrator Anne Dover who puts so much expression into the storyline. The story started really well, got a bit long winded half way through, but I persevered as I wanted to know what happened to The Forrest family. The story picked up and I really enjoyed it. Then the last approx 6 chapters or more became so boring and long winded again. I was on the verge of leaving it, but it was such a long book and I wanted to know if Sarah and John got together in the end, so again I persevered. I wish now I hadn’t. I feel Val lost her way in this book and the last chapters were boring and pointless. The story could have been brought to a closure much sooner without so much waffle and pointless sacrifices. I was so disappointed. I won’t say any more as I don’t want to put anyone off reading. This is purely my opinion and other people have loved this book.

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  • Patricia Wright
  • 02-07-18

Mostly enjoyable

Enjoyed mostly until the last part couldn’t understand why anyone would agree to marry someone they clearly didn’t love ... surely better to be alone ! Didn’t make sense to me ... felt the story was some how lost at that stage ... although it left you wanting to know more at the end ... like it was somehow unresolved still !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-17

omg. I loved it

I loved this book. It is well written as are all of Val Woods books are. The narrator of Anne Dover is excellent, her accents are superb. Love, loved it

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  • barbara
  • 09-04-17

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Another wonderful story of different ways of lifestyle for people who had little and those who had plenty. How hard life was for some people in those days. I really enjoyed listening to this book and was so glad it ended happily for Sarah and John , but for many others -so much sadness. I can't wait to listen to another book written by Val Wood and read so well, as always, by Anne Dover. I hope there will be a sequel - I would love to know how John and Sarah's life together turned out.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-10-17

A powerful story beautifully narrated.

I have to give this 5 stars because I was totally gripped from start to finish. I had selected this audiobook because it is narrated by Anne Dover and I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed her wonderful narration and amazing accents, which really brought the story to life. I loved the very varied and fascinating depiction of characters. I also loved the period detail, the humour, the portrayal of the contrasting lives of the rich and poor and the poignant story. I also loved how the sea was woven into the story, almost becoming another character. I shall definitely choose another Valerie Wood and more narration by Anne Dover. This book was at times disturbing, amusing, uplifting and always a wonderful insight into life in another place and time.