Beholden by Lesley CreweBeholden by Lesley Crewe


byLesley Crewe

Paperback | September 4, 2018

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The story begins with Nell, the "spinster on the hill" near St. Peter's, Cape Breton. Scarred by her own childhood, she swears she could never love a child and that she will never marry, denying herself a life with the man she loves. She's proven wrong when a baby is born just down the road from her. Her love of little Jane, despite herself, propels us forward through generations trying to untangle their own traumas and secrets. Eventually, we meet Bridie-joyful, kind, capable Bridie-and see her struggling through the echoing pain of those who came before her. Her choices, her bravery, her "nest of wonderful women," and her ultimate refusal to settle for anything less than love, eventually redeem her and everyone around her-even the spinster on the hill. As real as our own family dramas, Beholden is full of Lesley Crewe's trademark laugh-out-loud moments, heartbreaking losses, incredible women with unbreakable friendships, and the sweet wildness of Cape Breton.
Lesley Crewe is the author of several novels, including Mary, Mary, Amazing Grace, Chloe Sparrow, Kin, and Relative Happiness, which has been adapted into a feature film. Previously a columnist and freelance writer, Lesley lives in Homeville, Nova Scotia. Visit her at
Title:BeholdenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:Nimbus PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1771086564

ISBN - 13:9781771086561

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! I loved this book especially as it was located in Cape Breton. The characters were very believable and were true to life coming from this part of the country. I noticed a couple of editing errors though. Patty was referred to as Peggy a couple of times and I noticed Nell spelt as Nel. No big deal but unusual to see in a novel!
Date published: 2019-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! If you are a Cape Bretoner this book will make you happy!
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book is a must read, I had a hard time putting it down. It's full of ups and downs and pulls on the heartstrings. The characters were fantastic. Lesley really outdid herself this time!
Date published: 2018-11-08