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Love Against All Odds by Rosie Harris

Love Against All Odds

by Rosie Harris

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Gaynor's father is ambitious for his daughter, and does not want her to marry a manual worker. So he persuades his employee Barri to move away to Cardiff. Gaynor then falls for a good-looking German; her father approves but things start to fall apart. Gaynor eventually moves to Cardiff too and loses touch with her parents.

The novel takes place over more than thirty years during the early part of the 20th century. It works well in historical context, evidently well-researched, and the author is clearly familiar with the places she writes about.

Unfortunately the characterisation is rather shallow, with far too much narrative for my tastes, racing through the years, sometimes, without pausing to get to know the various people. Motives and emotions were attributed to them in ways that felt rather artificial, and meant that I didn't have any emotional reaction to anybody in the book.

The plot was interesting - sufficiently so that I read it at one sitting - but the ending seemed forced and unlikely, albeit satisfactorily tying up various threads.

Worth reading for those who like the social history of the period, but not so much for those who prefer character-driven emotive books. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0099502992, Paperback)

When Gaynor’s God-fearing father drives her childhood sweetheart away, she’s certain she will never love again, until a young German helps her to forget her sorrows. Then war is declared, and he must return home, leaving Gaynor heartbroken once more. When her parents discover she’s pregnant and insist she cannot keep the child, she runs away to Cardiff, only to find herself penniless and alone in a strange city. She is forced to give birth in a workhouse, but shortly afterwards is taken in by a friendly Spanish family who care for her and little Sara. She quickly falls for the charms of the eldest son, thinking she has finally found love and a chance of happiness at last - until a telegraph arrives to shatter her dreams. . .

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When Gaynor's dad drives her childhood sweetheart away, she's certain she'll never love again. But a young German soon helps Gaynor to forget her sorrows and she believes she has been given a second chance of love. Until, with the war looming, Konrad is forced to return home to do his duty and Gaynor is left heartbroken once more.… (more)

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