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Bridget Gether's parents had been killed in the wartime blitz and she had lived with the Overmeers at Balderstone, their sprawling property in the Northumbrian countryside, since she was a child. Unaware that she had been manipulated into agreeing to marry their son Laurence, only an encounter with Bruce Dickenson, the son of a neighbouring farmer, opened her eyes to the pBridget Gether's parents had been killed in the wartime blitz and she had lived with the Overmeers at Balderstone, their sprawling property in the Northumbrian countryside, since she was a child. Unaware that she had been manipulated into agreeing to marry their son Laurence, only an encounter with Bruce Dickenson, the son of a neighbouring farmer, opened her eyes to the possibility that she might be making a mistake. 'Once you are married,' Bridget's future mother-in-law tried to reassure her, 'everything will fall into place'. But Bridget had her reservations, although she told herself she has loved Laurence Overmeer with a schoolgirl passion for years. But could she trust him, especially after the event that had caused this heart-searching? Had he been seeing someone else all the time he had been courting her? She decided that there were sufficient grounds for doubt, so she called off the marriage. However, she had reckoned without the formidable Overmeer family, whose desperate business straits compelled them to take whatever steps they felt were necessary to protect their interests. As for Laurence, he could not forgive Bridget for the humiliation of rejection, so he made his own plans for revenge. But he could not have known that someone else was planning a different kind of revenge, and that the outcome would shake the very foundations of the Overmeer family.The Blind Years, another of Catherine Cookson's part-mysteries, part-love stories, once again displays her consummate skill at portraying the nuances of family conflict....

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ISBN : 9780552146098
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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The Blind Years Reviews

  • Mookie
    2018-11-07 11:23

    I wonder if Cookson intended this book to be a play? The plot takes place within a few days, all the characters are stuck together and making no real effort to get away despite all being stressed out by one another, each initial nuance (the implication that Lawrence and Mrs. Crofton are having an affair, for example) are 'discovered' again and again until there's no more nuance. Seriously, Bridget discovered their affair like five different times and was shocked each time. Lots of passive aggressiveness in the dialogue, a lot of putting Bridget down, to the point where it seemed like a national past-time, and half of the revelations learned by Bridget happened by eavesdropping by keyholes. Not Cookson's finest work, but then again, I don't read Cookson for breathtaking plot points, I read her because she's comforting and you know where you are with a Cookson book. The romance with John was predictable, but sweet, but his corrections of her kind of made him a bit annoying.People have been saying this is a murder mystery, I don't think so at all. I think this book was a series of introspective thoughts regarding loving someone who does not love you, or has affairs, and if you can forgive someone based on the uncontrollable quality of love. All the introspections were being coiled into the final climax, the murder (SPOILER), wherein we discover the ultimate consequence of betrayed love. "Everything ends" - and Mr. Crofton represents a victim who is still a victim, despite now labelled the perpetrator. It was poignant how this book pities him, in the end. I think Cookson is so underappreciated for the ways she writes character introspection in her novels, unfortunately I don't think her plots are as creative.Will I reread? Probably not, if I do it'll just be for scenes between John and Bridget and even their relationship is superficial and without depth, so this is a scan read for sure.

  • Lili
    2018-11-18 11:17

    I read all of Catherine Cookson's books some years ago and enjoyed them immensley. I recently re-read all of them and find that on a second look I found them all so very predictable, and was rather disappointed. However I'm sure that it is my tastes that have changed not the calibre of her story telling.

  • Joy Norman
    2018-10-25 10:15

    Enjoyed the book, a nice easy read. There is often information about the type of life that people lived then. No such thing as love however many men married to give them prestige and money to support their lifestyle.the comments made to young women about sex being endured,and only lovers for fulfilling sexual pleasure. It seems archaic.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-28 11:09

    A quick, likeable tale about a lady called Bridget Gether who was being manipulated into marrying a chap called Laurence Overmeer due to his family wanting her money as security. A chance encounter with a childhood friend Bruce Dickenson reveals that Laurence is having an affair and an overheard conversation enlightens her to the family’s manipulative ways and this gives her the strength to call off the marriage. Now she is out on a limb - this has been her path since childhood and all her plans have collapsed. The story continues that Laurence is found shot and everyone is a suspect until it is revealed that it is the hurt husband of Laurence’s bit on the side Mrs Crofton. A happy ending awaits though as it is revealed that the doctor John has always been in love with her (as was Bruce!) and they get together. Typical, fairly predictable, happy ending tale but an enjoyable enough escape that won’t take you long to get through, but won’t leave any lasting impression either.

  • Siobhan Johnson
    2018-11-16 12:35

    I have always been a fan of this author and love her writing style which hooks you from the start right through until the end this story is no exception.Although a little different from most of her other work somewhat like a murder mystery the characters are wonderfully real within the mix of romance and sorrow.As always an enjoyable read.

  • Yoshay Lama Lindblom
    2018-11-15 15:25

    I like Catherine Cookson's stories in general but this one did little to impress me. Something was missing from the story, and the female protagonist Bridget annoyed me to no bounds- a very thinly drawn character. She paints a typical picture of a damsel-in-distress who is neither pretty nor has brains, yet she has three hunks after her. The secondary characters were much better.

  • Cnelsonquilt
    2018-11-18 09:34

    this is a fluffy kind of predictable book. Interesting characters and plot. enough to keep you wondering and reading. I wanted to read one of her books when I read she was the most checked out author from the library for 17 years. she published her first novel at age 44, has 85 bestsellers and many of them have been made into movies

  • Julie Powell
    2018-10-19 08:19

    I have always been a fan of this author and love her writing style, which hooks you from the start right through until the end - this story is no exception.Although a little different from most of her other work - somewhat like a murder mystery - the characters are wonderfully real within the mix of romance and sorrow.As always an enjoyable read.

  • Sonia Puri
    2018-10-29 08:23

    read half way p132 its quite boring really but a family story about a young girl who has to meet her gran to help her sort the neccessary wedding to vance overmeer bit over the top storyline.you should read it .

  • Noora
    2018-10-19 15:32

    Silkkaa hömppää, onnellinen loppu tottakai ja kaikki hyvin. Ei edes hömppää parhaasta päästä.

  • Nancy
    2018-11-05 16:06

    Nancy 2.5 stars

  • Ariff Zain
    2018-11-17 08:29

    this book.buy it at selangor.when football club going therebuy this novel as gift for my lecturer agribusiness also as my academic advisor 3 years at sarawak

  • Odetta
    2018-11-12 08:30

    I finished it, that's about all I can say.

  • Leah Anderson
    2018-11-08 11:25

    an easy read - a little predicatable.