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The marrying kind
Stirling, Jessica.
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Large print edition.
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press ; Bath, Eng. : Chivers Press, 1996.
Physical Description:
705 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: The penny wedding.
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Author Notes

Hugh C. Rae was born on November 22, 1935 in Glasgow, Scotland. After graduating from secondary school, he worked as an assistant in the antiquarian department of John Smith's bookshop. His first novel, Skinner, was published in 1963. He wrote several novels using his name including Night Pillow, A Few Small Bones, The Interview, The Shooting Gallery, The Marksman, and Harkfast: The Making of a King. He also wrote as Robert Crawford, R. B. Houston, James Albany, and Stuart Stern.

Using the pseudonym Jessica Stirling, he wrote more than 30 historical romances. He wrote the first few novels with Peggie Coghlan. However, when she retired 7 years after the first book was published, he wrote the remainder on his own. The books written under this pseudonym include The Spoiled Earth, The Constant Star, Hearts of Gold, and Whatever Happened to Molly Bloom. He died on September 24, 2014 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. Set in 1930s Scotland, this heartwarming romance about a young woman embarking on the study of medicine is filled with the sort of period detail historical fiction fans like.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in pre-WWII Glasgow, this appealing coming-of-age novel centers around third-year medical student Alison Burnside as she struggles toward the realization that having it all is impossible. At the same time, all the characters, one way or another, illustrate just how naïve the world was on the eve of Hitler's reign of terror. At the heart of Alison's dilemma is her long-standing engagement to Jim Abbott, a one-armed WWI veteran whose support has enabled her to obtain the education her working-class family could not afford. Her commitment to Jim is promptly tested by a fling with the handsome but penniless Irishman Declan Slater, by her friendship with rich and dashing Howard McGrath and finally by Jim himself, who, when he contracts tuberculosis, feels Alison is better off without him. In the meantime, Declan and Roberta Logie, another classmate, conduct a clandestine affair, while Howard valiantly pursues Alison. While Alison must decide whether her commitment to Jim outweighs her infatuation with Howard and the promising post she's been offered, Roberta's options disappear when she becomes pregnant by Declan. As in all of Stirling's novels (most recently, Shadows on the Shore, 1994), secondary characters and rich subplots abound. Exposing her characters to feminism, class conflict and the stormclouds of war, Stirling expertly guides them through the growing pains of the heart into genuine maturity. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved