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The Fifteen Streets by Catherine Cookson

The Fifteen Streets (1952)

by Catherine Cookson

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This is the third book of Cookson that I've read, and already it seems repetitive. I know, that this book was the first, but, unfortunately, Cookson used the same types and devices in later books in the same manner.
Main character and his mother were almost repeated in
in "The Menagerie", and "good priest, bad priest" pair seemed just too familiar after reading "The Maltese Angel".
Probably, if I read this book first, I would like it better. ( )
  Rezeda | May 27, 2016 |
One of my favorite Catherine Cookson books and movie. Except for some "spiritual" stuff I loved every bit of it.
  bobbieD | Nov 21, 2008 |
Life in the Fifteen Streets was tough - a continuous struggle for survival. Some families gave up and descended into a dismal state of constant poverty. Others, like the O'Briens, fought grimly for a world they were only rarely allowed to glimpse. ( )
  mazda502001 | Nov 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743236785, Hardcover)

Catherine Cookson was one of the world's most beloved writers. Her books have sold millions of copies, and her characters and their stories have captured the imaginations of readers around the globe. Now, available for the first time in this country, comes one of Cookson's earliest and most stirring historical romances: "The Fifteen Streets."

John O'Brien lives in a world where surviving is a continual struggle. He works long hours at the docks to help support his parents' large family. Many other families in the Fifteen Streets have already given up and descended into a dismal state of grinding poverty, but the O'Briens continue to strive for a world they are only rarely allowed to glimpse.

Then John O'Brien meets Mary Llewellyn, a beautiful young teacher who belongs to that other world. What begins as a casual conversation over tea quickly blossoms into a rare love that should have been perfect. Fate steps in, however, when John is accused of fathering the child of a local girl, and Mary's parents forbid her to see him. The couple begins to realize that the gulf of the Fifteen Streets between them is a chasm they could never bridge-or might they still find a way?

In these pages Catherine Cookson displays the irresistible plotting, scene-setting, and characterization that have made her a recognized master of historical and romance fiction. Fans of her novels, with their larger themes of romantic love and class conflict, will be delighted to find that even at the beginning of her illustrious career, Cookson had the power to captivate audiences. Filled with passion and compelling drama, "The Fifteen Streets" is a rare treat for lovers of romantic fiction.

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Life in the Fifteen Streets was tough and Mary O'Brien fought for a better life for her children. But when her son John fell in love with rich Mary Llewellyn, could the gulf between the two worlds be bridged?

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