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Nd she was a widow with the need to find a home and a living for herself and her childrenThe chance of becoming a housekeeper didn't work out but it led to Moor House and a scholarly recluse obsessed with that very book learning that could open so many doors and yet create so many problems; especially I am forever buying books to get home to find I have already read the book I just purchased It s so disappointing to sit down ready for a new story to find you have bought the book than onceI can only think that it was such a good story that when I read the intro on the back of the book I had to have the book in uestionSo I have decided to make a list of the books I have read that I loved and this is one such bookWas uite a few years ago that I first read this story when I was on a camping trip and it made my holiday so much better having a good book to lose myself inWhen the rain was lashing down and the wind was howling round my tent it really added to the story as I felt that I was on those cobbled streetsIf you haven t already read any books by Catherine Cookson you really should as her stories where absolutely brilliant and this book was n

Summary The Black Velvet Gown

The Black Velvet Gown

With her daughter Biddy who was not only bright but witfulTHE BLACK VELVET GOWN is the story of a mother and daughter often at odds with each other facing the need to challenge and fight the prejudice of an age a narrative of great power and diversity that is one of Catherine Cookson's major achievemen First time I have read Catherine Cookson Excellent writer This book is about rising above your social standing If you are poor you should not rise to greater heights and you should not learn to read or write no good will come of that Mind you it is 1830 s we re in in Durham county England when children went out to eke out a living young as 7 or so Main character Biddy does rise above her station and it is that journey that is so well written in The Black Velvet Gown the ironies the family dramas upstairs and down that move this book to a shocking if not totally appropriate ending I shall certainly enjoy another Cookson book soon

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There would be times when Riah Millican came to regret that her husband had learned to read and write and then shared his knowledge with her and their children  For this was Durham in the 1830's when employers tended to regard the spread of education with suspicion  But now Seth Millican was dead a I grew up thinking that Catherine Cookson was sort of a lightweight romance author and thus I never really bothered with her Imagine my surprise when I picked up The Black Velvet Gown and found it to be intricate than I expected and written in an intelligent sometimes stark fashion Riah is a young 1830s widow who finds that the fact she s been taught to read and write is of a hindrance than a help Her children encounter the same prejudices Her daughter Biddy especially finds life uite difficult for a smart girl Having a mind of one s own is not to be desired in the world of 19th century service Through a series of fortuitous circumstances Riah ends up as a housekeeper for an educated recluse and from this point a ball starts rolling that involves her children and everyone she loves Whenever I thought I had a bead on how the story was going to


10 thoughts on “The Black Velvet Gown

  1. says:

    I grew up thinking that Catherine Cookson was sort of a lightweight romance author and thus I never really bothered with her Imagine

  2. says:

    When Riah is given a job at Moor House she feels her prayers are answered She has not only found a home a job her and the Master of the House develop a friendship Mr Miller her employer tells Riah that he wishes to teach her children Riah feels blessed by his seeming kindness but learns that the kindness has a cost and horrifying co

  3. says:

    I absolutely loved this book and I really didn't expect to Based on the cover and various descriptions of it and its author I really expected another shallow crappy 'historical fiction' really a romance in pseudo

  4. says:

    I have read many Catherine Cookson novels over the years This writer is exceptionally prolific and it's difficult to categorize her style; they are certainly historical with a bit of a Gothic flair; however many deal with deprivation and great sadness; this is one that I really love It is about a woman who falls on hard times and seeks menial employment to survive; however she finds a white light among the as

  5. says:

    I am forever buying books to get home to find I have already read the book I just purchased It's so disappointing to sit down ready for a new story to find you have bought the book than onceI can only think that

  6. says:

    I didn't realize that the education of the lower ranking classes in the late 1800s was such a controversial issue till I picked up this book For a Cookson novel it was a tad disappointing I have come to expect a bit out of her It had an inter

  7. says:

    Just arrived from USA trough BMPage 165Books books books I'd like to burn the lot People are right the gentry are right the working class shouldn't be allowed to handle them the're disturbers trouble makers Page 218In the

  8. says:

    I am a great fan of Catherine Cookson and read most of her booksIn the 1830's in northern England Riah Millican a widow with three children takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher Percival Miller Miller makes Riah the gift of a black velvet gown and even educates her children But when Riah discovers the reason behind Miller

  9. says:

    First time I have read Catherine Cookson Excellent writer This book is about rising above your social standing If you are poor you should not rise to greater heights and you should not learn to read or write no good will come of that Mind you it is 1830's we're in in Durham county England when children went out to eke out a living young as 7 or so Main character Biddy does rise above her station and it is that journey that is so well writ

  10. says:

    I love this book and have read it at least 5 timesI love the last line it just showed you that people should be careful before they do a kindnessjust got done reading it again 7915

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