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It is the late 1850s, and a tired woman holding a baby walks from Hull to one of the big houses in Anlaby - the home of the wealthy Rayners. She knocks at the door and shoves the baby at young James Rayner. The father was 'young Mr Rayner', and the mother is dead. Then she vanishes.

The respectable shipping family of Hull are shattered. No one wants to take responsibility for the baby, and it is about to be put into an orphanage when Sammi, James' cousin, decides to take the baby back to her parents' home on the Holderness coast. James is banished to London, and disaster begins to beset the three branches of the Rayners.

The third novel in the Hungry Tide sequence, this epic, many-faceted story of three related families tells the triumphs and tragedies of their lives as the whaling industry of Hull begins to decline and the farmlands and homes continue to slip into the sea.

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 Audio Books

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  • Annie
  • 11-02-2018

A good read

I love how detailed the author is to help you “see” and smell the things she describes. It makes you realize how we romanticize the era the book is set in; the injustices of the time and how lucky we are in this day and age. I love Ann Dovers reading of the book!

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  • Teresa AnnElizabeth
  • 08-12-2016

Very Sad 😕

This is the last book in Val Wood's Hungry Tide Trilogy 😕. I wish there were more of this family saga on the way!
Love that (luckily)there are at least more from this author! Thank you again, Audible!

If you love English historical fiction, with some romance thrown in, then you will like this book.

I'm an avowed Anglophile..and English historically fiction from almost any era is enjoyed!

This trilogy takes place during the early to middle 1800's with the plight of the children and the poor having a decidedly "Dickensonian" bent.

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  • Kathst
  • 10-02-2018

The end too a beautifully written triology.

This triology I read apart over a few years not knowing there were 3 .Read them back to back as it is such a triumph in story telling that I wouldn't want you too not feel the greatness off these works and the characters they Intwine. I have read/listened so many of this author's and narrators work and I can not fault her imagination and oceans of words for such every day things
It should be recognised for its achments and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did .

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  • carol white
  • 01-01-2018

Exceptional end to a trilogy

I adored this final tale in this trilogy starting with "A hungry tide" followed by "Annie" and beautifully completed with this book. All three are excellent stand alone books but complete as a trilogy which I luckily found by accident

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  • barbara
  • 24-09-2017

Children of the Tide

Val Wood has once again written a most wonderful story of Hull and the surrounding area of the lives of people, some who had little and such a hard life and some who had plenty and who were so generous in their care and love for others. The story, at times, was so sad but the ending was lovely. Anne Dover is a brilliant narrator- all those different voices!

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  • Patricia
  • 09-01-2017

Great story!

Couldn't stop listening, had to listen to the end. Really loved this story a lot.

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  • Kathleen
  • 02-10-2016

children of the tide

loved this book,I found it difficult to stop listening to it,
one of my favourites authors. parts of the book, made me cry. This is definitely a must read

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  • Brenda
  • 17-09-2016

Great

I enjoyed this book, liked the story very much , and would play it again.
I am now going to find another book of Val Woods.

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  • Angus
  • 31-08-2016

exciting loved it didn't want to stop listening

the narrator was good the story was strong I got carried along with the plot