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By: Marie Sarginson

Keeper of the Red Shawl

Pages: 186 Ratings: 5.0
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This romantic novel begins in the Victorian Era and is based on the eventful life of my grandmother, Frances. It tells the tale of the four men who helped or hindered her path to freedom. Fate was unkind to Frances, but throughout her life, she battled forward fighting convention and the class system.

The story starts when her well-to-do, but aged, parents marry her off at the age of 17 to Jack, a cold-hearted widower with a young son.

Respectfully she did as she was told but this was her first mistake. She became the brunt of his sarcasm and abuse in the bedroom.

Fortunately, Jack soon met with a suspicious end!

Then, along came a dashingly handsome James…

But wait, there’s someone else watching this particular saga unfold, patiently biding his time!

The author is the proud granddaughter of a hardworking narrow boat family, having first-hand knowledge of canal life from her grandmother. Born in Shropshire, she has lived there all her life. Educated at the local girls high school, she excelled in English, started writing poetry for her own pleasure, which was broadcasted by the BBC. Later, she also penned children’s stories. But life is full of good intentions and even though “Keeper of the Red Shawl” was finished, it is only now that the work is finally published. Proving the old adage: “It’s never too late.”

Customer Reviews
5 reviews
5 reviews
  • JenS27

    I have just finished reading this gripping book by Marie Sarginson. It held my interest from start to finish and is a brilliant story of hardship, struggle, love and so much more. It is constructed in such a spellbinding way that you just can’t put it down....sensational! Can’t wait for her next book!

  • Tori S 65

    What a wonderful book by Marie Sarginson. Frances is such a brave woman, she showed strength in a time when women were supposed to just do as they were told. It also gives a fabulous insight into the hardship of the Victorian era and life on the canals and the class system. The story is so moving and well written, I felt like I was there with Frances. I can really recommend it. I couldn't put it down, it's addictive. Hope there is a sequel.

  • Lana

    Fantastic book couldn’t put it down, very easy read that keeps you wanting to read on. A true story of love, lust and hardship. A brilliant period novel that I can’t wait to read a second book to hear how her life goes on.

  • Adrian Richards

    I am not an avid reader but I was recommended this book as it was of local interest. I was so glad I did read it. It kept me gripped all the way through. The ups and downs of the story kept you wanting more. It is a fast-paced book that doesn't keep you waiting. A lovely read and I hope there is more from the author in the future.

  • M. Oakden

    This book is a wonderful whirlwind of love, lust, loss and strength - definitely one to keep you drawn in and wanting to know more.

    The fluctuation of emotions while reading this book is truly gripping!!!

    Beautifully written, fantastic storyline and most definitely leaves you desperately wanting a second book!!!!! I really do hope so!!!!!!

    I would highly recommend this book.

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