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Title:
The thirteenth child
Author:
Jeffrey, Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
Sutton : Severn House, [2009]

©2009
Physical Description:
232 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
Unwanted thirteenth child Jemima is brought up in poverty in 1890s East Anglia, whilst her twin Sophie is taken to live with a kind aunt. Sophie grows up spoiled, disliking her clever sister. Jemima dreams of training to be a teacher. Meanwhile, she takes a job at a shop, where she becomes friends with Richard, the reluctant heir to the business. Then Sophie comes to seek Jemima's help and Jemima faces a dilemma. Should she sacrifice her dreams for her twin's sake?
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727867599

9781847511362
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A poignant tale of family and friendship from an ever-popular library author - Unwanted thirteenth child Jemima is brought up in poverty in 1890s East Anglia, whilst her twin Sophie is taken to live with a kind aunt. Sophie grows up spoiled, disliking her clever sister. While Jemima dreams of teacher training, she takes a job at a shop, where she becomes friends with Richard, the reluctant heir to the business. Then Sophie comes to seek Jemimas help and Jemima faces a dilemma. Should she sacrifice her dreams for her twins sake?


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Booklist Review

This gentle rags-to-riches story will appeal to all romance fans, what with its dastardly villains, plucky and virtuous heroine, and heartwarming ending. Jeffrey paints an evocative picture of turn-of-the-century England, where the rich and poor lived very different lives and the loss of a woman's virtue was the most shameful tragedy. Twins Sophie and Jemima are their mother Eva's twelfth and thirteenth children. When Eva's husband drowns on the day the girls are born, Eva blames it on Jemima's birth as the thirteenth child. With no husband, Eva has no money, so she sends Sophie to live with an aunt. Jemima is left behind, treated as a virtual slave and frequently made the target of her mother's drunken abuse. Even so, Jemima pursues her ambition to become a teacher with single-minded purpose. She needs money to pay for teacher training, though, so she is forced to work at Baxter's Haberdashery, where she meets the Baxters' son, Richard, who is instantly smitten with Jemima. A quintessential romance, rich in historical ambience and appealing characters.--Melton, Emily Copyright 2009 Booklist