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Holderness, 1846.For reliable, thirteen-year-old Bella, life isn’t turning out quite as she’d hoped. She lives at the Woodman Inn – an ancient hostelry run by her family in the Yorkshire countryside – surrounded by two older brothers who never pull their weight and a flighty younger sister. When Bella learns not only that her father is seriously ill, but that her mother is expecting a fifth child, her dreams of leaving home to become a schoolteacher are quickly dashed. Times are hard, and when their father dies Bella also has to take on the role of mother to her baby brother. Her days are brightened by the occasional visit from Jamie Lucan – the eighteen-year-old son of a wealthy landowner in a neighbouring coastal village.

Also grieving the loss of a parent, Jamie has more in common with Bella than she thinks. When her mother announces out of the blue that she wants to move the family to Hull, Bella is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. They arrive to find that the public house they are now committed to buying is run-down and dilapidated. Could things get any worse? Or could this move turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Bella?

©2012 Valerie Wood (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks

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  • bertiebouncer
  • 06-03-2017

Awesome

Another terrific book by this author. Couldn't put it down. What's the next one for me I can't wait.

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  • Ian Long
  • 11-09-2017

Very good excellent, brilliant story. Well narrated.

Excellent and well narrated story, very enjoyable. The narrator's voice was perfect for the story.

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  • Kathleen
  • 02-07-2017

Brilliant

Enjoyed it so much. I laughed cried, got so involved. Well done the author and my favourite narrator.

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  • jane
  • 24-05-2017

The inn keepers daughter

I love this book, good strong characters, good story line and written in true Val Woods tradition with the best narrator Ann Dover 👍

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  • Ms
  • 03-01-2021

The innkeepers daughter

Always enjoy Val Woods books, all such varied stories
Anne Dover as always is an excellent narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-2020

perfect. excellent. heart warming

I have read this book 4 times and now listened to it. I cannot get enough

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  • athydelacroix
  • 17-04-2019

Another Masterpiece

I am always so sad at the end of Val Woods' books as her characters slip into your heart. her stories are wonderful.

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