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Summary

It's 1919 in Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire. The Ryan family are adjusting to life in the aftermath of the First World War.

Walter has returned home a broken man, and so it falls to his son, Josh, and daughter, Emily, to do their best to keep their family business as the village candle makers going.

Josh and Emily are great friends with Thomas 'Trip' Trippet, whose father owns a cutlery manufacturing company in Sheffield, and Amy Clark, daughter of the local blacksmith. Together the foursome roams the hills and dales together. Romance blossoms for Josh and Amy while Emily falls in love with Trip but is unsure if the feeling is mutual.

Their lives are changed when Trip goes to learn the family trade in Sheffield. Martha Ryan, determined that her son, Josh, will go up in the world, uproots her husband and children and moves them to live in Sheffield, too. All Josh wants to do is to continue making candles and marry Amy. Moving into a backstreet court in the city is a very different lifestyle for all of the Ryan family. But things start to look up when their new neighbour, Louise, helps to find Emily employment as a buffer girl.

©2016 Isis Publishing (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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loved it

really enjoyed this book couldn't put it down. would defiantly recommend to anyone who enjoys booked based in the early 1900s.

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Gentle storyline

Not as good as previous books by this author. A bit slow and though characters were well read I didn't gel with them as I have others in past books. Interesting learning about the way small businesses worked in those times. Would recommend if you want a gently paced book with 5 or so main characters and it is easy to listen to.

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excellent story

I loved the story, and the narrative was excellent, entertaining and captivating. Would even listen to it again.

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What a wonderful story, a vision of life at it’s worst and it’s best.

This is my first book from Margaret Dickinson; it’s well written and Anne Dover’s brilliant storytelling kept me hooked from start to finish… I could imagine every scene and person and played a drama series in my head, the whole way through. Every emotion was touched as I read- fantastic. Highly recommend this book and will be watching out for more from this great team.

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Enjoyed this story,but could not understand why 20 miles was treated as such an enormous distance when Josh had a bike, and roads would be quieter then.

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A good story

A good story with an insight into the cutlery industry in and around Sheffield. Gentle and heartstrings with good narration

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A very good read.

I loved the story but the end was not so good as it left me wondering what could happend.

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very good book to listen to and very good oratory from Ann Dover as usual

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An easy and lightly informative story line about the Sheffield steel industry set up. It was narrated well by Anne Dover. Worth a hearing I’d say!

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enjoyable

Once again another fantastic novel by Margaret . Read by Anne dover the best narrator.