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The homecoming
Gill, Elizabeth.
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Sutton : Severn House, [2003]

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314 pages ; 23 cm
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A spellbinding new saga from a well-loved author. Born to a mother who died in childbirth, and to a father who could never truly love him, Niall McAndrew grows up a solitary child, without a home to call his own. His only friend is Bridget, a young girl forced prematurely into womanhood, who takes him under her wing and demands his lifelong devotion. Niall has brains, spirit and ambition, as well as devastating good looks. He soon begins to make his own way in business, and becomes famous throughout the Newcastle area by befriending the wealthy and powerful mine-owner Aulay Redpath - and his beautiful daughter Caitlin. But Niall's loveless childhood has left its mark, and it will be many years before he finds the personal happiness he yearns for...

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Niall McAndrew is the product of an adulterous affair, but after his mother dies in childbirth, his mother's husband decides to keep him. He spirits him away to Edinburgh where Niall has a warm, happy childhood thanks, if not to father, at least to the servants. When his father remarries, Niall is sent, briefly, away to school, then is surprised to return to find that his stepmother has gone, the household possessions are dwindling, and creditors are knocking at the door. He and his father steal away in the night, getting as far as Newcastle before his father commits suicide, landing Niall, at the tender age of eight, in an orphanage. Here begins an unspeakable existence until at age 14 he frees himself and Bridget, a young girl he's befriended, in a shocking act of violence. Niall eventually becomes a businessman, but his horrific childhood maintains its grip on him in this heart-wrenching and, ultimately, heartwarming tale of overcoming one's past. --Maria Hatton Copyright 2003 Booklist