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The workhouse girl
Stirling, Jessica.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.

Physical Description:
472 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1996.
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An enthralling new novel of fear, domination, and sexual intrigue by the author of Lantern for the Dark. When pretty, biddable Cassie Armitage marries Robert Montague, a fiery Victorian preacher with an adventurous past, she soon finds herself trapped in a dangerous marriage and an unwitting partner in financial fraud.

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)

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Booklist Review

The latest novel by this masterful storyteller promises to delight fans with its wonderfully rendered characters, stimulating plot twists, and laudable historical ambience. Stirling's tale follows Cassie Armitage into an unfortunate marriage to the evil, deceitful, and abusive Reverend Robert Montague. Cassie's servant, Nancy Winfield, is the workhouse girl of the book's title. Nancy shares the story's center stage and is as engaging and likable as her wealthy counterpart. But it is Nancy's station in life to carry the weight of an illegitimate child on her very capable and resourceful shoulders. She also happens to be unaware that she herself is living a lie--a fact that greatly complicates her life in significant ways unbeknownst to her. A thoroughly entertaining and satisfying read. --Alice Joyce