The Widow Makers (2019)

The Widow Makers Jean Mead The Widow Makers The story is set in the quarrylands of North Wales amidst the Snowdonia Mountains ancient castles opulent Penrhyn Castle grand mansions and the straggling cottages of a mountain community in the
  • Title: The Widow Makers
  • Author: Jean Mead
  • ISBN: 9781903490693
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
The Widow Makers Jean Mead The story is set in the quarrylands of North Wales amidst the Snowdonia Mountains, ancient castles, opulent Penrhyn Castle, grand mansions and the straggling cottages of a mountain community in the 19th century A blend of fact and fiction, it traces the lives of two very different families.Following a pit disaster in Manchester, Joe Standish takes his wife Emily and tinyThe story is set in the quarrylands of North Wales amidst the Snowdonia Mountains, ancient castles, opulent Penrhyn Castle, grand mansions and the straggling cottages of a mountain community in the 19th century A blend of fact and fiction, it traces the lives of two very different families.Following a pit disaster in Manchester, Joe Standish takes his wife Emily and tiny son Tommy to live in North Wales where he settles to the hard and dangerous existence as a quarryman Home life for Emily and Joe is happy but for the small problem of Tommy s increasing wilfulness As the boy grows, his cleverness comes to the fore and he catches the attention of the quarry owner, Bertram Bellamy, who offers to educate the boy with his own son Growing into manhood, Tommy s life changes drastically, split between his working class family living in a simple cottage and the immensely rich benefactor in the grand mansion, Plas Mawr Unaware of the destructive force hidden behind Tommy s charm and charisma, Bertram Bellamy accepts and encourages him and the destiny and the destruction of the Bellamy family is shaped.
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  1. Bettie☯

    My copy, which is not on here on GoodReads Pug Ugly cover isn t it, Nazi esque Paperback 296 pagesPublisher Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers 20 July 2005 Language EnglishISBN 10 1903490189ISBN 13 978 1903490181 Product Dimensions 20 x 12.8 x 3 cmPrefer this later one The first page before the author bio has been neatly removed Why Am I missing sommit Maybe the author had signed it lovingly to a friend, who knows.Dedication To my beloved husband Lt.Commander Anthony James Mead.May the Gods be [...]

  2. Faith Mortimer

    A Good 3.5 stars for The Widow MakersI love historical fiction, so I was eager to read this book.The Widow Makers is set in Lancashire and Wales, the period portraying a harsh but factual look at what life was like for coal miners in England and slate miners in Wales The book concentrates on a family living during this period.Joe and Emily move from the awful conditions in the coal mines of England to the slate mines of Wales, thinking the change will be beneficial Fed up with their lot, Joe wan [...]

  3. moira manson

    Widow makers A good book love Emily and Joe going to start the next one I need to see Tommy get his come uppance I really enjoyed it so definitely worth 5 stars a brilliant book by Jean Mead if you read it yet give it a try x

  4. T. A. Peters

    Jean Mead s The Widow Makers is the first of a trilogy of historical fiction books detailing the lives of the members of two families, the Standishes and the Bellamys The story begins its focus on the life of Joe and Emily Standish and their young son, Tommy It is the middle of the 19th century, and from his eleventh birthday, Joe has worked as a coal miner in the Galloway pit of Lancashire At the age of thirty three, a cave in at the pit, which results in the death of Joe s life long friend Fra [...]

  5. Steven Kay

    I don t often give up on books but this one defeated me about a quarter of the way in I just ran out of patience and energy with it The story, as far as I got, is a reasonably well told one, and the characters are interesting enough, if a bit wet Is it a trend with female historical fiction writers that the male characters lack depth and come across as late 20th century new men Joe Standish in this book just seems a projection of the author s ideal of masculinity A tip to authors don t fancy you [...]

  6. Bodicia

    This historical saga gives a harsh but real look at what life was like for miners in England and concentrates on a family who lived through those hard times.Joe and Emily move from the coal mines of England to the slate mines of Wales after a cave in causes the coal mine to collapse, killing many of their friends and neighbours Joe wants a better life for their family so he takes the risk of moving them all to Wales Once there, the better conditions his friend Frank had promised him seem a dream [...]

  7. Jo Barton

    Nineteenth century Wales is brought to vivid life in this family saga which takes the reader from the coal mines of Lancashire, to the slate quarries of North Wales Following a devastating tragedy Joe Standish, his wife, Emily and their small son, Tommy, leave behind friends and family in Lancashire to start a new, and hopefully, better life in Wales.Following the fortunes of this family makes for an enjoyable read, one which is made all the interesting by the author s fine eye for detail and i [...]

  8. Karen Ingalls

    4.0 out of 5 starsFascinating ReadByKAREN INGALLSon September 2, 2015Format Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThe storyline was wonderful, interesting, and well developed Each character and scene was well described so I felt like I was there and knew each person A story about a young married couple who find a new job and life in Wales where the main character finds a job in a quarry Their first born son is ambitious, very intelligent, and ruthless disregarding the loving home and sacrifices his fam [...]

  9. Alistair Dunlop

    This was a good story but my copy was badly proofed.The struggles of miners and quarrymen are graphically described Working and living conditions in mid 19th century Britain were squalid and dangerous while the owners lived in luxury.Joe Standish does his best to improve conditions for his family and to some extent he succeeds but it is not enough for his elder son Tommy wants to own the quarry and nothing will stop him.It is a well researched novel but the missing words, misspelled words, wrong [...]

  10. Susan

    This was an easy read and I enjoyed the fact that I could walk away from it and pick up where I left off later Tommy comes across as a a spoiled brat and just nasty as he grows All in all it wasn t a bad story but I don t think I would recommend this one.

  11. Beverley hopper

    enjoyed every bit of this book was easy to get into as was the first read of this author of the standish family

  12. Diane Alexander

    The author needs to become acquainted with a copy editor or, at the very least, a proofreader The book was painful to read because of poor writing and atrocious grammar.

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