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  • One Quiet Woman

  • Ellindale Saga, Book 1
  • By: Anna Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (243 ratings)

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One Quiet Woman

By: Anna Jacobs
Narrated by: Anne Dover
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Summary

From the beloved and best-selling Anna Jacobs comes a new Lancashire-based saga.

Lancashire, 1930: Leah Turner's father has been killed in an accident at the laundry, and since her mother died years ago it falls to her to become sole provider for her little sister. But women's wages are half those of men, and pawning the few belongings she has left will keep their vicious rent collector at bay for only a few weeks, so even if she finds a job, they'll lose their home.

Out of the blue, Charlie Willcox, the local pawnbroker, offers her a deal. His brother Jonah, an invalid since being gassed in the Great War, needs a wife. Charlie thinks Leah would be perfect for the job.

The idea of a marriage of convenience doesn't please Leah, but she finds Jonah agreeable enough, and moving with him to the pretty hamlet of Ellindale may be the only chance of a better life for her sister. But other people have plans for the remote Pennine valley, and the two sisters find themselves facing danger in their new life with Jonah. Can the three of them ever look to a brighter future?

©2017 Anna Jacobs (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Recommended

From the cover I expected this novel to be a bit less interesting than it turned out to be. For all the storyline was quite simple I really warmed to the characters. There were things that turned out differently in a more positive way than expected. And I would hope for a continuation of the characters in another follow up book. Anne's narration is a big part of why I liked it too.

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Wonderful - do listen

I enjoyed this story written by Anna Jacobs about the lives of people living in a village and read so very well, as usual, by my favourite narrator, Anne Dover. I hope that there will be a sequel to this book,or about the same village, as my interest was held all the way through whilst listening.

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Loved this book easy to listen wonderful narration

wonderful engaging story line narrator excellent off to get the next in the series thanks

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A great listen

I loved every thing about this book. The intensity lasting to the end. love, loved it

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Looking forward to book 2!

Loved this book, couldn't stop listening, great story, strong women and good men, escapism, wonderful.

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Lacked Depth

This was my first book by this author… I doubt I will read another of her works. Both the characters and plot were fairly stereotypical and lacked any real depth. Like most historical fiction, the lead female character was written to appeal to more modern women, but rather than coming off as strong, smart and resourceful, I found her a bit irritating- rather full of herself and judgemental. I also got the impression that the author played with a number of different possible plot directions but didn't take a lot of care to go back and adjust earlier scenes to fit the direction she eventually chose. There were a number of occasions where later events contradicted earlier ones or something was referenced as if it should be know to the reader but it was in fact new information… as if an earlier scene was cut but later references to it were not or the author had a scene in her head but didn't actually remember to include it in the book. All in all, it wasn't a terrible story but neither was it particularly good. The narrator was fine.

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Typical Anna Jacob's, only the best will do.

Typical Anna Jacob's, only the best will do, also delightfully narrated by Anne Dover.
looking forward to the next in the series.

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Couldn't stop listening

Loved this audiobook, fantastic story & brilliant narration. I'll listen to this & the rest of the series many times.

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Excellent

loved it, excellent story and kept me engrossed throughout. The narrator was super great storyteller

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Can't wait for the next book

Anne Dover and Anna Jacobs are truly a match made in heaven. 5 stars as always.

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  • Kathy
  • 22-03-22

Totally engaging

Anna Jacobs has done her homework. We think things are bad today, and for some they are. But most of us have at least enough to eat, even if it isn't what we'd really like. We also have things like indoor plumbing and our 12 year olds don't need to work.
This is a story of a young girl who needs to take over the reins much too young and looks after her little sister. She is always just shy of losing the one room they live in. A pawn shop owner likes her pluck and offers a proposition that she marry his brother, who was badly wounded in WWI. She likes him and agrees, knowing she doesn't love him but that he is a good man and will be good to her and her little sister. He is not physically strong but does have talents and the two forge a very workable marriage and they realize together how much they can benefit the village of Ellendale, bringing much needed jobs to the people. There is some excitement and a murder attempt which is a place not to stop. The reader is one who has grown on me. She certainly knows dialects which for me is a plus. She was the perfect reader for this book. I'm about to begin the next book in the series.

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  • joanie
  • 25-02-21

great story

Annie Jacobs always writes exciting, enjoyable story than people can relate to the narrator did a grand job has always