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Song Twice Over [Paperback]

Brenda Jagger


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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Adult Mm; New edition edition (Nov. 1 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006172946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006172949
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g

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From Publishers Weekly

In the manner of George Eliot and with a comparable concern for motivation, Jagger (A Winter's Child depicts the rigid social conventions in a clannish Yorkshire mill town, where two spirited women try to surmount the limitations imposed by their class, gender and circumstances. In 1840, Cara Adeane comes to Frizingley from Ireland to join her parents; soon after, her father deserts the family, leaving Cara, her illegitimate child and her mother to endure deprivation and squalor. Cara barters her sexual favors for financial assistance from a callous, manipulative landowner. Her new dress shop soon fills with patrician members of the "millocracy," such as strong-willed Gemma Dallam, who marries a charming wastrel to escape her vacuous life and possessive parents. Though Cara and Gemma are vastly different, both love Daniel Carey, a firebrand who outspokenly champions suffrage reforms at grave personal risk. In a style reminiscent of a Victorian novel, Jagger memorably portrays this trio's fortitude set against a background of mill workers' impoverishment and their employers' disdain. 25,000 first printing; $25,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

In a 19th century Yorkshire mill town, Irish immigrant Cara Adeane struggles to support her son and mother. Gemma Gage, an industrialist's daughter, fights society's conventions, which keep women the property of their fathers and husbands. Both love Daniel Carey, a Chartist devoted to improving laborers' working conditions. Cara refuses to follow him and spends her life acquiring material wealth and repressing her emotions. Gemma uses her money to support Daniel's causes and eventually wins him. The cast of characters is rich and varied, adding layers of complication to the simplified plot above. Jagger's women are more fully realized than her male characters, and when the story wanders from Gemma or Cara, the plot sags. But these two are women worth watching, brave, passionate survivors in a society dominated by men. Kathy Piehl, English Dept., Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little-Known Winner April 21 2012
By Katharine E. Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
My favorite of Brenda Jagger's excellent novels of Victorian England. The story follows several characters over some years as their lives weave together: Cara, an Irish sewing girl; Gemma, a millowner's indulged daughter; and Daniel, an Irish idealist and sometime revolutionary. Daniel is a bit thin as a hero, but the women are fascinating, with Gemma struggling to find meaning and fulfillment in her restricted life, and Cara simply hoping to survive in a world that is ruthless towards the helpless. Gemma makes a rich marriage, Cara struggles to establish herself as a fashionable dressmaker, and both will at various points fall in love with Daniel as he tries to bring equal rights to the mill-workers of their sullen Yorkshire town. A strong and compelling read with strong and compelling characters. Cara - a prickly Scarlett O'Hara if she had been born poor - is especially likeable, and another male character who presents initially as a villain will surprise you with unexpected humanity. This book and this author are neither of them as well known as they should be.
4.0 out of 5 stars So-So for Jagger; Very good for most authors March 16 2010
By Soyini - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not one of my favorites. While Jagger adequately explores the familiar territory of women struggling to survive and thrive in the rapidly changing culture of the Industrial revolution, I do not find the same romantic connection as I do in the Barforth novels. The two heroines, Cara and Emma are intriguing, but the men in the book are flat and lifeless. I found it hard to fall in love with any of them. The change and growth in the main villain was too little too late and one other died offstage it seems just to make room for the supposed hero. I frankly was more interested in exploring a deepening relationship between Tristan and Emma than between Emma and Daniel.
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