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By: Doreen Rawsthorne

The Price of Pearls

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During the Napoleonic Wars, England sent many soldiers and spies to France. Many soldiers and sailors had been captured and imprisoned for years, incurring wounds and disablement, even in prison. They could only hope their wives, lovers and other members of the family were well. They just hoped that when families heard they had been captured, it did not cause any problems, but it often did cause broken hearts and aristocratic titles to go to distant relatives, who were not always wealthy enough to maintain properties that had been in the family for generations. Thieving and murder became common. Estates were sold. Many families did not know if their sons were alive or not. Should their daughter marry someone else as they thought her fiancé was possibly dead? It wasn’t until after Napoleon Bonaparte was captured and sent to Elba that life settled down but many hearts were already broken.

Brought up in a small village near Warrington, Doreen Rawsthorne gained a place at Urmston Grammar School, where she became fascinated with history and foreign languages. From the age of 19 until 55, she worked as secretary to managers of various firms. At the age of 38, however, she took time off to look after her father-in-law and wrote The Price of Pearls. When he died, she started working again. In 2013, she and her husband moved to a retirement complex and, in doing so, found the book she had forgotten about!

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