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Vagabonds is the final instalment of Josephine Cox's best-selling Emma Grady trilogy, which finds the heroine content, yet still struggling with the ghosts of her past.

1885. Ex-convict Emma Grady has returned to her hometown of Blackburn and been reunited with her lover, Marlow. Now married, with a beautiful home, loving husband and wonderful son, she is still haunted by the past, unable to forget the cruelty of her uncle Caleb Crowther, who ignored her desperate pleas to save her and her tragic first-born.

A feared local justice, Crowther curses his niece’s return and sets out to destroy her anew, whilst also hounding Molly, her lost daughter. Born to a life of crime and poverty and deserted by her husband, Molly tries desperately to keep her three children fed and clothed. When Emma starts looking for her, Molly wrongly fears that it is Crowther searching her out, and she and her children run away to become vagabonds.  

Contending with hunger, exhaustion and the unwelcome attentions of the men who are drawn to Molly’s dark beauty, their life is at times almost unbearable. But Molly has inherited Emma’s indomitable spirit....

©1992 Josephine Cox (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Cox’s talent as storyteller never lets you escape the spell." (The Daily Mail)

"Driven and passionate." (The Sunday Times)

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  • 06-08-2021

Repetitive and ultimately boring

This book could have been one third as long.
The writer’s obsession with and hatred of men is tedious in the extreme.
The trilogy was just plain shallow compared with Anna Jacobs et al and dire to struggle through.
I cannot recommend it.

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  • V_Nerdbooks
  • 27-07-2021

vagabonds

Loved it .I have read all three books and is one of the best story's I have read .What a girl Emma is .

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  • Lara
  • 12-03-2021

Intense!

Even though I loved this story, I found it fairly stressful! I like to read to go to sleep but I found this book quite disquieting and I would end up really tense! It is a good story and I would recommend it and I suppose many people would argue that it’s brilliantly written if you can’t put it down but I was compelled to keep on reading because I was trying to get to a bit that wasn’t quite so despondent and stressful! Like the first book of this trilogy, I just wish it was a little more cheerful! I sound like I didn’t like the book or the trilogy at all which is far from the case as it is a good story and the narrator is very good however my personal choice is to read to relax and I couldn’t do that with this (in the same way I probably wouldn’t with psychological thrillers!!)

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