By Anne Bennett

A relocating and gritty saga of loss, separation and eventually desire, set in wartime Birmingham

Agnes Sullivan is fifteen while her younger brother Tom unearths her under the influence of alcohol and crying within the lane close to their farm. Her dancing instructor has raped her and deserted her. Aggie is compelled to depart domestic while she discovers she's pregnant and Tom, slightly himself, makes a decision the instructor needs to pay for his actions.

Aggie flees to Birmingham, however the refuge she's been promised seems to be too harmful to stick in. She's left with few innovations till somebody she might by no means have spoken to in her former lifestyles provides her the assistance she so desperately wishes. yet will global battle One spoil her precarious hopes of a future?

Anne Bennett's sagas of Birmingham in the course of the wars have gained her many fanatics, as they're packed filled with emotion, selection and authenticity. nearby sagas don't come any larger than this.

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Beth Hurwood asked irritably. " said Shandy. "It's his title. " "His title? " "It means he's a … an initiate. " She seemed upset that Shandy should know all this. htm (38 of 185) [2/14/2004 1:05:00 AM] ON STRANGER TIDES - Tim Powers Shandy started to speak, then shrugged. "All this magic stuff. " "I've observed that these people are superstitious, of course. I suppose all uneducated communities—" She froze, then stared at him. " Shandy frowned, and looked past the flickering fire to the jungle.

I suppose all uneducated communities—" She froze, then stared at him. " Shandy frowned, and looked past the flickering fire to the jungle. "I won't insult you by being less than frank. This is a new world, and these pirates live much more intimately with it than the Europeans in Kingston and Cartagena and Port-au-Prince, who try to transplant as much of the Old World as they can. " Mr. Bird flung his food away and leaped to his feet, glaring around at no one in particular. " he shouted angrily, his gold earrings flashing in the firelight.

Shandy shut his eyes and pictured it. "Right. " As the two men trudged back toward the fires, Davies pulled a pistol out of his belt. "If Venner plays me square I can handle him," he said quietly. "But if he doesn't, I want you to hang back with this and make sure no—" He stopped talking suddenly and gave a weary laugh. "Never mind. " He put the pistol away and lengthened his stride. —but partly, too, at the same time, for staying out of it. His petticoat breeches whirling out around his knees at each ponderous step, Leo Friend reached the bottom of the sandstone track that led down from the ruined fort, and, sweating profusely in the confinement of his fantastically ribboned doublet, struck out across the sand toward the fires where Davies' crew was.

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