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The Linnet Bird


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'Sheer bliss ... A superb read in every way, exciting, moving, with a fantastic and unpredictable plot' Lesley Pearse

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Linda Holeman is the author of six books for children and young adults, and two collections of short stories for adults, both of which have won her numerous awards in her native Canada. She has three children and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The LINNET BIRD is her first novel.


Liverpool in 1826 offers few options for an orphaned girl forced into prostitution by her stepfather. However, through luck and cleverness, Linny Gow eventually manages to establish a tenuous hold on middle-class respectability. A chance to accompany another young woman to India seems to offer a fresh start. Unfortunately, life in the Raj proves just as stifling and restricted as Victorian England, with Linny blackmailed into marrying a homosexual and the British matrons condemning Linny's sympathy for the poor and her contacts with the natives. Holeman, who has written historical fiction for young adults, excels at descriptions of Linny's surroundings, from the slums of Liverpool and Calcutta to the vistas of Kashmir. Numerous minor characters and subplots swirl around Linny, but her compelling story holds center stage and drives readers forward. Fans of historical romance will relish her tale.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

A stirring tale of one woman's search for personal fulfilment - Woman & HomeThis is a sweeping, unputdownable saga (think The Thorn Birds and Gone with the Wind) that you'll probably want to tell all your friends about - WomanLinny's talent for survival makes for compulsive reading. This Canadian writer's first adult novel succeeds in being more than just a historical saga; it is a rites-of-passage tale with a very convincing and resourceful heroine. - The Lady

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