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by Catrin Collier

  • ISBN: 0752853120
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Catrin Collier
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing (April 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • FB2 size: 1214 kb
  • EPUB size: 1534 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 310
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Karen Watkins (née Jones, born 1948), writing as Catrin Collier, is a Welsh novelist, of East Prussian descent on her mother's side, known for her historical works, especially those in the 'Hearts of Gold' series.

Karen Watkins (née Jones, born 1948), writing as Catrin Collier, is a Welsh novelist, of East Prussian descent on her mother's side, known for her historical works, especially those in the 'Hearts of Gold' series, set in her home town of Pontypridd between 1930 and 1950, the first of which was adapted as a BBC drama in 2003. She also writes under the pen names Katherine John/ K. A. John (crime novels), Katherine Hardy (novelisations of television programmes) and Caro French (modern fiction).

That is Mrs Jones, Mrs Clay,’ the woman confirmed. But surely you know your own sister-in-law?’. We only met once and that was years ago,’ Helen fabricated, wondering what other lies Jack had spun. when he’d visited Maggie. Are you better, Mrs Clay?’. Helen asked in confusion. Your husband mentioned that you were in hospital the first time he visited Mrs Jones. Ye. es, I’m fine now,’ Helen stammered. If you’ll excuse me, I have to supervise the te. Thank you,’ Helen watched the woman walk away before turning back to the lounge.

Homecoming - Catrin Collier. Chapter One. Helen walked into her bedroom, set a couple of dry-cleaning bags on to the double bed and turned to the bank of pale oak wardrobes. As she opened the doors, she wondered why a gentleman’s wardrobe had so many more fitments than a lady’s.

Dr Grace Harper has loved the stories of Robin Hood ever since she first saw them on TV as a girl.

Catrin Collier is Wales' most prolific and well-known author of historical, romantic fictions

Catrin Collier is Wales' most prolific and well-known author of historical, romantic fictions. The daughter of a Prussian refugee and Welsh father, she grew up in Pontypridd. Her first historical novel Hearts of Gold, was filmed as a mini-series by the BBC in 2003. She lives with her f Catrin Collier is Wales' most prolific and well-known author of historical, romantic fictions.

item 2 Homecoming (Swansea Series), Collier, Catrin, Used; Good Book -Homecoming (Swansea Series) . Catrin Collier was born and brought up in Pontypridd. She worked in Europe and America before returning to her native Wales.

item 2 Homecoming (Swansea Series), Collier, Catrin, Used; Good Book -Homecoming (Swansea Series), Collier, Catrin, Used; Good Book. item 3 Homecoming (Swansea Series), Collier, Catrin, Good Book -Homecoming (Swansea Series), Collier, Catrin, Good Book. Last oneFree postage. She now lives on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, with her family. Country of Publication.

Broken Rainbows - Book Seven of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier.

Orphaned at eight and raised by a brutal sadistic brother, nineteen-year-old parlour maid Rhian dreams of meeting a man who will love her and give her what she wants more than anything else in the world, a family of her own. When she is invited to join the Evans family on New Year's Eve 1913, her life is thrown into turmoil. Broken Rainbows - Book Seven of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier. It is 1942 and, in the wake of America's entry into the war, the small community of Pontypridd suffers its own - not entirely welcome - GI invasion.

Catrin Collier is a bestselling author of historical fiction, much of which is set in her native country, Wales. Hello Catrin I don’t know if you can help me. I love your books and. am currently reading the Brothers and Lovers series on my Kindle

Catrin Collier is a bestselling author of historical fiction, much of which is set in her native country, Wales. am currently reading the Brothers and Lovers series on my Kindle.

Used availability for Catrin Collier's Homecoming. July 2013 : UK Hardback.

It is January 1957 and Helen's husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together with their friends. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant's widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can't have children, so this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings, but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage, but could be the answer to their differences.
Reviews about Homecoming (7):
Ochach
At one level, an excellent description of how self interest and relativity intersect with ethical decision making and personal responsibility for outcomes. More practically, a well crafted story about a son in search of his father and how the father has influened (the son and the son's behavior; others). References to fascism, concept of evil, legal theory, Greek mythology, and Germany's reunification: all usefully incorporated. My goal was to read an excellent (translated) German novel. I am very glad I chose this one.
BORZOTA
I found this novel by Bernhard Schlink, the author of "The Reader," to be both fascinating at points, slow at other points, and ultimately to have "punted" on the key element. Without spoiling the story, the central character, Peter, first appears as a child who travels each summer from his home in Germany to spend time with his paternal grandparents in Switzerland. He never knew his father who died in the war. The grandparents publish pulp fiction and provide him with ample scrap paper which contains pages from stories on one side. He is instructed to not read any of the story material. Ultimately, as an adult he does start to read some pages at random and becomes fascinated with the moral issues inherent in the fragments of one story. He becomes so fixated on tracking down the unknown author of this story that he devotes most of his activities as an adult to pursuing various leads. So, in part this is a detective story--the author is well known for several detective novels he has written, so this is his natural genre and he is quite good at it, for the suspense builds as the reader wonders if he will ever successfully put all the pieces together. It also develops a nice love story dimension, as well as raising the emotional issue as to whether our parents ever fully tell us the truth as to what occurred prior to our birth.

But the book is far richer than this plot outline. For one thing, Peter has been working on a dissertation in law for several years, although he is fallow at the present. He spends some time teaching in Berlin shortly after the wall falls, so Schlink can once again get into the bedeviling identity problems which still afflict German reunification. Peter's major clue comes from a book written by an American political science professor, which affords the opportunity for Schlink (himself a distinguished Humboldt University law professor and former high judge) to dip into some postmodernistic legal deconstruction analysis re morality and law. Not too much of this (see, e.g., pp. 179, 187, 218), but enough to lay out the juxtaposition of issues between the professor and Peter. Ultimately, he concludes the professor is the author of the story fragments that initiated his quest and spends a semester auditing his legal philosophy seminar at Columbia, without disclosing why he is doing so.

Two problems I think afflict the novel in its final quarter. First, an episode involving the seminar participants at a rustic retreat organized by the professor, is transparent, too long, and does not add enough to the story to justify its substantial length. More importantly, the reader waits through 260 pages for the ultimate confrontation between Peter and the professor when he can reveal who he is and what he believes, and we can find out if he is correct or not. It never comes! Despite how much I enjoyed the remainder of the novel, I felt a bit cheated by this development. Nonetheless, this is an extraordinary novel, quite gripping at points, and raising a number of important issues requiring the reader to reflect upon his own experiences and values. And that is the most you can ask a novel to provide you.
Rrd
The problem, I'm finding, with Herr Schlink, is a tendency to be too analytical. I enjoy reading existentialist literature to a point ... but when introspective questions begin to dominate the text, I start having my own doubts ... about why I'm reading the book. Homecoming is a well written story, but much more so at the start than toward the end. I also enjoy open-ended endings and perhaps it was my own confrontational nature that left me wanting at the end of Homecoming; wanting the confrontation and/or wanting to slap the protagonist. Ultimately, it's what forces me to give this one a 4 rather than a 5 star rating.

Definitely worth Reading, though ... so READ, amici ... READ ...
Mavegar
It is classical in the sense that it uses Homer's ODYSSEY; it is modern in the sense that it is incorporates elements of deconstructionism. It is not an easy book to read, but the effort is worthwhile for the questions raised and the consciousness raising that it inspires.
Moronydit
I just reviewed "Summer Lies" the book of short stories also by Bernhard Schlink. Like all his books, it was a great read. I recommend all the books by Schlink that are available in English -- he's a terrific writer.
Sironynyr
The action takes place in different ages and locales, so that it is not always easy to realize where a particular scene fits in in the overall thrust of plot However, it comes together as the central mysterious character uses all the other characters in a staged milieu.,
Runeshaper
I bought this because I loved The Reader by Schlink. This one is a much slower read, but it is still a powerful, intriguing, and very interesting story within a story. The first 50 pages could be deleted, but stick with it as there are many twists and turns and a surprising ending.
easy read, 50's Britain

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