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The Journey [Paperback]

Josephine Cox


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Book Description

Nov. 10 2005
Three strangers are thrown together by chance. It’s an encounter which is destined to change all of their lives for ever. When Ben Morris comes to the aid of Lucy Baker and her daughter Mary, he is intrigued by the story behind their frequent visits to the local graveyard. Later, invited into their home, an old Edwardian place suffused with secrets of the past, Ben hears Lucy’s remarkable tale – one she must tell before it’s too late. The story of Barney Davidson, his family and the part Lucy played in his extraordinary life, is one of a deep, abiding love and an incredible sacrifice, spellbinding in its tragedy and passion. And it still exerts a powerful influence in the present day … The Journey is Josephine Cox at her mesmerising best. Spanning decades, generations and continents, it will stay with you for ever.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books (Nov. 10 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007146167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007146161
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,604,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Praise for Josephine Cox: 'This latest novel from the nation's biggest-selling saga writer is!.one for true romantics.' You 'Cox's talent as a storyteller never lets you escape the spell.' Daily Mail 'Impossible to resist.' Woman's Realm 'Driven and passionate.' Sunday Times 'Irresistible storytelling.' Books magazine

About the Author

Josephine Cox was born in a cotton-mill house in Blackburn, one of ten children. At the age of sixteen, Josephine met and married her husband Ken, and had two sons. When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at Cambridge University. She was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home, but she went into teaching - and started to write her first full-length novel. She won the 'Superwoman of Great Britain' Award, for which her family had secretly entered her, at the same time as her novel was accepted for publication.

Josephine has now given up teaching in order to write full time. She says 'I love writing, both recreating scenes and characters from my past, together with new storylines which mingle naturally with the old. I could never imagine a single day without writing, and it's been that way since as far back as I can remember.'


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story to Warm Your Heart May 4 2008
By The Mad Hatter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Contrary to a previous review, I did not find the book confusing or difficult to understand. As far as the terminology and writing style, one has to remember the author is English and because of that, of course, her wording will be different from that of authors on this side of the Atlantic.

This story is filled with joy and tears, happiness and loss, but the plot is strong and overall, it is definitley a book that will warm your heart and keep you interested from start to finish. There is indeed a sequel, Journey's End, but the author has changed the names of the characters in the sequel, so if one finds this book confusng, the sequel may be completely mind boggling. However both books are good and well worth the read. Two other recommendations by this author are "The Lady Who Left" and what appears to be a sequel, "Jinnie". All the books mentioned are attention grabbers and make for easy reading - enjoy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Read it before Journey's end though. April 1 2014
By Marlene Cooney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of her good ones. I enjoyed it well the read. I am now on to Journey's end.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying every page!! Aug. 6 2013
By nkiams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read many books of Ms Cox with each other AWESOME!!

The Journey is again an AWESOME book!!!!

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars great book Jan. 13 2013
By JustJoey66 - Published on Amazon.com
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After being drawn into this book and following the characters it was very hard to put down, and could not wait to start the sequel
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story despite the inconsistencies Jan. 4 2007
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Overall, I enjoyed this book. For the most part, the story was good. However, it was obvious that it hadn't been very well edited. There were many spelling and other errors. Some of the language was difficult to decipher and, I had to grab the dictionary to learn what a spinney is.

One confusing thing was that, in the beginning, Lucy married Mr. Solomons after Barney died and then he died when her daughter was a young child. But, at the end, when Lucy's old friend, Arthur, proposes to her, it says that she is excited because she's never been married. What?

Some things were overkill (mentioned too often), but most of the book was good. I loved the character of Bridget and her language. She's a hoot.

But, the main plot of Barney's plan is simply ridiculous. If he actually loved his family, then he wouldn't break their hearts or mistreat them. Why not go with them to America, see a doctor there, and if he dies in a year or so's time, he dies there, after getting his family settled into a new, secure life? It just seemed that pretending to go off the deep end in a week or two's time and turning them against him in such a short time was improbable and absurd.

Furthermore, Barney didn't seem like the type to cheat on his wife, and the touch of other women was a turn-off to him. So, why would he suddenly cheat on his wife with Lucy and play house with her? That just didn't make any sense and I thought it was just plain dumb.

The book ended too soon. And, I am glad to see that there might be a sequel. I'm not positive because the description of "The Journey's End" mentions a Vicky Maitland who went to America and her husband Barney was back in England. The Journey's Barney's wife's name was Joanne. But, I've sent for the book and will see if it is the sequel to The Journey or not.

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