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The Innkeeper's Daughter

Val Wood

Holderness, 1846. For reliable, thirteen-year-old Bella, life isn't turning out quite as she'd hoped. She lives at the Woodman Inn - an ancient hostelry run by her family in the Yorkshire countryside - surrounded by two older brothers who never pull their weight and a flighty younger sister. When Bella learns not only that her father is seriously ill, but that her mother is expecting a fifth child, her dreams of leaving home to become a schoolteacher are quickly dashed. Times are hard, and when their father dies Bella also has to take on the role of mother to her baby brother. Her days are brightened by the occasional visit from Jamie Lucan - the eighteen-year-old son of a wealthy landowner in a neighbouring coastal village. Also grieving the loss of a parent, Jamie has more in common with Bella than she thinks. When her mother announces out of the blue that she wants to move the family to Hull, Bella is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. They arrive to find that the public house they are now committed to buying is run-down and dilapidated. Could things get any worse? Or could this move turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Bella?

Holderness, 1846. For reliable, thirteen-year-old Bella, life isn't turning out quite as she'd hoped. She lives at the Woodman Inn - an ancient hostelry run by her family in the Yorkshire countryside - surrounded by two older brothers who never pull their weight and a flighty younger sister. When Bella learns not only that her father is seriously ill, but that her mother is expecting a fifth child, her dreams of leaving home to become a schoolteacher are quickly dashed. Times are hard, and when their father dies Bella also has to take on the role of mother to her baby brother. Her days are brightened by the occasional visit from Jamie Lucan - the eighteen-year-old son of a wealthy landowner in a neighbouring coastal village. Also grieving the loss of a parent, Jamie has more in common with Bella than she thinks. When her mother announces out of the blue that she wants to move the family to Hull, Bella is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. They arrive to find that the public house they are now committed to buying is run-down and dilapidated. Could things get any worse? Or could this move turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Bella?
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Holderness, 1846. For reliable, thirteen-year-old Bella, life isn't turning out quite as she'd hoped. She lives at the Woodman Inn - an ancient hostelry run by her family in the Yorkshire countryside - surrounded by two older brothers who never pull their weight and a flighty younger sister. When Bella learns not only that her father is seriously ill, but that her mother is expecting a fifth child, her dreams of leaving home to become a schoolteacher are quickly dashed. Times are hard, and when their father dies Bella also has to take on the role of mother to her baby brother. Her days are brightened by the occasional visit from Jamie Lucan - the eighteen-year-old son of a wealthy landowner in a neighbouring coastal village. Also grieving the loss of a parent, Jamie has more in common with Bella than she thinks. When her mother announces out of the blue that she wants to move the family to Hull, Bella is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. They arrive to find that the public house they are now committed to buying is run-down and dilapidated. Could things get any worse? Or could this move turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Bella?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Anne Dover

Length:

12h 19m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:49


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

23:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

17:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

11:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

12:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

14:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

13:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

14:00